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More Work To Do

Even if he is victorious at Belmont in a little less than three weeks, Big Brown still has a way to go to prove he belongs in the pantheon with Secretariat et al. — and facing Curlin would go a long way toward addressing that (yes, sometimes I agree with Andrew Beyer — it happens!). […]

Effortless, And Rightly So

Big Brown’s easy Preakness victory was certainly visually impressive; it seemed absolutely effortless, and Kent Desormeaux seemed to be spending more time on slowing him down than anything else. Clearly the horse enjoyed his win — ears up, great demeanor; it’s a shame he will likely only experience the thrill of running once more, given […]

The ESPN and NBC Round Tables

ESPN did an admirable job with their round table; making it commercial-free was a nice added bonus. NBC’s was slightly more given to histrionics and that seemed to lead to less in-depth discussion — and poor Larry Jones had to appear on both. They seemed to address most of the ‘right’ issues, although ESPN stuck […]

Happy Preakness Day

I love William Nack. Here’s hoping for a safe Preakness day, and not a replay of the Derby (or last year’s Dixie Stakes).

Undercard races I am particularly looking forward to include the Gallorette (I like Valbenny and Lady Digby), the Dixie (I’m watching Shakis and Salinja) and the Allaire du Pont (Bear Now, […]

I’ll Meet You Halfway

Sweet Vendetta had a nice run in the Black-Eyed Susan, and it was quite unusual having a celebrity involved who actually knew what they were talking about — well done, David Cassidy! ESPN really lucked out doing the pre-race interview with Channing Hill – is there a more telegenic jockey working at the moment?


The Preakness Field

I hope to be checking in during today’s Black Eyed Susan and will be watching the Preakness undercard tomorrow; in the meantime, here is the Official Superfecta Preakness Field Evaluation:

1) Macho Again – He may prefer a shorter race; he seems to love about 7 furlongs.

2) Tres Borrachos – Trained by Beau Greely […]

Pardon Me While I Don My Tin Foil Hat

While we await the details of Big Brown’s massive stud deal (since that’s clearly going to overshadow anything he’s ever going to accomplish on the track in his final two starts), we can examine a few of the other related story lines.

Andrew Beyer’s article on IEAH and their Wall-Street-style […]

Couldn’t They At Least Pretend?

From the ‘you knew people sucked, but needed it reconfirmed’ category, we have this news regarding Big Brown’s stud deal:

Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and 1-2 morning line favorite for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17, will not run […]

Genetics, Stud Fees and Luck

The major news outlets seem to be filling space while waiting for tonight’s Preakness draw (and that’s no bad thing, given that it highlights the sport beyond the Triple Crown to some extent). The New York Times profiles Nicanor (pictured), the full brother to Barbaro, who has recently arrived (video here) at Fair Hill to […]

The Preakness: An Odder History Than You Might Imagine

The Preakness is named after Preakness, a colt by Lexington, who was owned by Milton Holbrook Sanford and who was the winner of the inaugural Dinner Party Stakes. Sanford owned Preakness Stables in Preakness, NJ, as well as a stud farm in Kentucky of the same name; apparently he was more than a little fond […]