The history is thick in the Phipps family barn at Saratoga Race Course. So many brilliant thoroughbreds ran for the Phippses, from 1957 Horse of the Year Bold Ruler to 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb.
As Hunter Rankin soaked in the past glories one day this summer, it hit him — the horses he was stabling at the New York track for Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Farm were winners in their own right. They deserved to be there.
“I was really proud of that,” Rankin says. “It was so great for our brand. That’s really what Sagamore Farm should be.”
When Plank, the Under Armour founder and CEO, started Sagamore Racing 10 years ago, he hoped to steer Maryland-raised horses to victories on...