Va Bank-The Background Story

Undefeated. A Triple Crown winner. The highest rated racehorse in the country’s racing history.

Any one of these descriptions on a horse’s resume would be spectacular. Now, imagine having the honor of all three at the same time.

Va Bank is a Polish sensation; a superstar that has enjoyed a rare combination of accomplishments and the fan bases that grow steadily with them.

The Galloper Is Back!

After a bit of a hiatus, I am very happy to announce that The Casual Galloper has returned with a vengeance and with a new perspective!

I will not longer just be covering American racing and breeding but I will be expanding into the Polish Racing scene as well. My grand wish is to bring attention to the Polish Thoroughbreds and to be their vocal advocate in America.

My greatest goal is to one day see a Polish thoroughbred win the Breeder’s Cup or a major race in America. If anyone can do the impossible, it’s the Polaks.

As always, if you have any suggestions for articles you’d like to read, please please send them in. I will never turn down an honest topic. Until then, I hope my American audience enjoys reading about the Polish thoroughbreds and looking at the pictures I can get a hold of from Poland.


What’s New: Writing Topic Submissions

Hi everyone,

This post is actually a rather humorous house-keeping note to start out. It pertains to some of the topics that I have been receiving in my email as potential posts.

Some of you have the weirdest sense of humor.

Understanding Thoroughbred Auctions: The Ring

Any auction can be an overwhelming experience to someone who isn’t a frequent visitor to the sales ring.

An auction on the scale of the Keeneland September Yearling sale IS overwhelming, even for many a seasoned veteran. So, since the world famous auction is currently in progress on the grounds of this year’s Breeders’ Cup venue, I’ll take some time to explain some of the terminology and traditions that may be as foreign as another language for some people. Hopefully, by the end of the article, you won’t be quite as lost, and you’ll be able to enjoy watching an auction online or in-person without the frustration of not understanding a word of what you’re hearing or seeing.