A blog about Thoroughbred racing and whatever else I feel like writing about
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Any of my intrepid readers who have not yet found Colin's Ghost should surf on over and read Kevin Martin's excellent history of the original Monmouth Parks (yes there were two). Terrific piece sourced to original newspaper articles and maps that shows, among other things, where the 19th century facilities were compared to the modern racecourse.
John P. Sparkman was Bloodstock Editor for Thoroughbred Times, the national newsweekly for the Thoroughbred industry, from 1994 through its demise in 2012. Before becoming the pedigree and Thoroughbred history guru for the Times, however, he enjoyed a 15-year career as general manager of William du Pont III's Pillar Stud. At Pillar, Sparkman was responsible for breeding 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin. Now semi-retired, John P. Sparkman assists breeders in mating their mares, stallion analysis, purchasing yearlings and broodmares, preparing specialty pedigrees, or creating and completing unique research projects. He brings over 40 years of invaluable experience, during which his matings have resulted in almost a 10% strike rate. Sparkman is author of Foundation Mares, which is available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/aag/main/ref=olp_merch_name_4?ie=UTF8&asin=1933958812&isAmazonFulfilled=0&seller=A151O8L7TGU3BD. He can be reached at email@example.com.