Is Gio Ponti still on Dubai time?
First, the bad news – last year’s Belmont champ Summer Bird has been retired. It’s particularly unfortunate, as he seemed to be coming into his own toward the end of last season, just before the injury. Given the economy and the timing of his retirement (he’s essentially missed [...]
Happy Kentucky Oaks Day! We’ll be following what is likely to be the last day of good weather at Churchill Downs via Twitter, but why not preview the Derby undercard in between races?
Eight Belles Stakes – 1.19 pm
Buckleupbuttercup / J R Leparoux / 118 / E Kenneally
Hot Dixie Chick / R Albarado / 122 / [...]
While discussion continues apace over the possibility of a Zenyatta-Rachel Alexandra matchup at Oaklawn, some of their potential competitors in the older horse division are looking to burnish their credentials this weekend. Musket Man, who finished a reasonably creditable third behind Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, will return in the Super Stakes at [...]
#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds
1 Court Vision, Richard Dutrow, Jr., R. Albarado, 12-1Looked good last time out, but this is a tall order.
2 Whatsthescript (IRE), John W. Sadler, K. Desormeaux, 15-1Third in this race last year; has not won since August of the same.
3 Cowboy Cal, Todd Pletcher, J. Velazquez, 6-1Won the Oak Tree [...]
Apologies for the abrupt end of the live-blog on Saturday, but the wireless was getting increasingly temperamental – and we had some tickets that needed cashing.
All in all, this year’s Belmont was a great day out – perfect weather, a great undercard and an exciting Belmont Stakes. The fact that we left the track [...]
I have a new blog post up over at BelmontStakes.com regarding what a fabulous day of racing we have in store this Saturday; here, back at the ranch, I’m providing a slightly more detailed version of how I’ll be throwing away investing my money at Big Sandy.
First up, the True North Handicap:
Benny The Bull
Richard Dutrow [...]
Belmont week is upon us – while we know we won’t see a Rachel Alexandra-Mine That Bird showdown on Saturday (although I hope that happens in the Travers), we will have a fantastic day of racing ahead of us. Belmont day is one of my favorite days of racing all year, largely because of the [...]
Yes, we’ve heard by now that Quality Road is out of the Derby (but at least they’re doing right by the horse so we can see him later in the season) and we’ll have more Derby field discussion tomorrow, but let’s not overlook the undercards for both the Derby and Oaks – it’s going to [...]
Welcome back for the second half of our weekend preview – the West Coast edition. It’s going to be all go at Santa Anita with the Santa Anita Oaks, the Kilroe Mile, and, of course, the Big Cap. This year’s Oaks is a big test for Stardom Bound; a victory here should [...]
Last weekend’s racing may have produced more questions that answers; Albertus Maximus (pictured) was a worthy winner of the Donn (although Einstein overcame a terrible post position and a rough trip to hang on for third on his less-than-favorite surface, so at least he picked up a check) and is off to Dubai for the [...]