While the dust settles from the Triple Crown and many of the 3-year-olds take a little break (literally, in the case of Dunkirk, who is having surgery for a left hind fracture – although with luck he should be back in the fall – although it still adds fuel to the Unbridled’s Song = ‘soft [...]
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 [...]
Yesterday we took a look at the Belmont undercard, so today, it’s time for the main event.
1 / Chocolate Candy / G. Gomez / J. Hollendorfer / 10-1I’ve been excited about Chocolate Candy for a while, and [...]
I’m now going for Friesan Fire/Papa Clem/Chocolate Candy/General Quarters in my boxed superfecta (although I am not loving the prices on FF/GQ). If Pioneerof the Nile stays at good odds, he’ll get a little support too.
If it stays wet, I’ll also put something on Dunkirk. Hmm…
Quite a surprising start to Derby morning so [...]
It’s official – I’ve (almost) made some decisions. Without further ado, here is your official Superfecta Kentucky Derby handicapping exercise for 2009 – as ever, with the note that my recent successes with Smarty Jones and Barbaro are tempered by the fact that my last correctly-predicted winner was Winning Colors in 1988. You [...]
It may be Kentucky Oaks Eve, but I seem to be spending most of my time looking at the weather for Saturday. If the predicted deluge does indeed materialize around post time, I’m leaning toward a Friesan Fire/General Quarters/Dunkirk trifecta (even though I’m not otherwise on the Dunkirk bandwagon). However, I could also [...]
The best story to come out of last weekend’s Derby preps is certainly that of General Quarters; the Blue Grass victor’s tale has all the elements of a perfect script: former claimer, slow to mature, and single-horse owner-trainer (although, as the Blood-Horse pointed out, he’s had a little help here and there, which is no [...]
Much of the talk surrounding Saturday’s Florida Derby is over the much-hyped and little-raced Dunkirk, who needs a win to ensure he’s got the graded earnings to make the Kentucky Derby field. To that end, his connections have provided a pricey rabbit in the form of Europe – a $2.6 million dollar yearling purchase [...]