I enjoyed Joe Drape’s column in the Times regarding the ongoing medication and safety issues in American racing and would love to see some of these ideas taken much further. However, I do wonder about his suggestion that should British-based Mafaaz win the Derby on hay, oats and water we’d see a collective return [...]
This weekend’s highlight for me is Einstein’s 2009 debut in the Donn Handicap; trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi warns that Gulfstream’s track is not his favorite dirt surface, but I think it’s great they are giving him a challenge, rather than going for the three-peat in the Gulfstream Park Turf. (Obviously adding that G1 victory to [...]
Perpetual underachiever Anak Nakal (pictured) finally stepped it up over the holiday weekend to take the Pennsylvania Derby and rewarded his backers at 16-1. I’ve always liked his pedigree but had more or less given up on seeing him return to the winner’s circle. I can’t say it was the strongest field ever [...]
While she obviously didn’t like the slop at Saratoga the other day (finishing last after tying up in the Schuylerville, which was won by Jardin), Ocean Colors is still very much on my ‘watch’ list. Bill Finley’s article on her prior to the race is well worth checking out; here’s hoping for a more [...]
Thanks in no small part to our excellent seats in the shade, I had quite a nice Belmont day, which is presumably more than can be said for Big Brown. (I should note that thanks also go to Ventura, Zaftig, J Be K, Silver Edition and Dancing Forever for making our day fairly profitable).
It’s not quite a Breeders’ Cup card, but there is a lot to like on the Belmont undercard. There are some interesting betting races but I am most looking forward to seeing some of my favorite horses in action.
True North HandicapRick Dutrow’s other favorite on the card, Benny the Bull, is back from Dubai. [...]
I don’t believe that post position is usually much of a factor in the Belmont; while in theory Big Brown could get boxed in behind traffic from the 1, he should have enough natural ability to overcome such adversity.
However, the strategy in the Belmont often seems to be to get the favorite to run all [...]
While much of the news over the long weekend focused on Big Brown’s latest quarter crack (Fran’s HoofBlog will be getting more details direct from his farrier later in the week, so keep checking for updates), the rumors over who will ride Casino Drive continue to swirl. Garrett Gomez is now definitely [...]
Some initial post position draw thoughts:
1) LeRoy Neiman and Todd Pletcher, together at last!2) The ‘homemade’ signs – how authentic!3) Nice to see Visionaire in post 8.4) Big Brown in 20 – no thanks.5) The wind! The wind hates the draw!6) I’m liking the middle of the pack a lot.7) Big Truck is a [...]
It is true that War Pass comes into the Wood Memorial looking for ‘redemption‘ – but he’s certainly not the only one. He’s facing a group of horses who are in similar situations, albeit with a less intense light shined on them. Barclay Tagg sends out the lately-underperforming Tale of Ekati; he’s been [...]