The moment you have all been waiting for – the Goldikova show! With the exception of the connections of the horses running against her (and one would imagine that even some of them are hoping she’ll make history), it would be hard to find anyone not looking for the French star to end her career [...]
Another year, another No Triple Crown. But that is not to say that this year’s Triple Crown season has not been far more interesting than one might have predicted just a few weeks ago – indeed, the possibilities for some of this year’s crop of three-year-olds going forward is actually quite intriguing (which is [...]
High point: Goldikova's hat-trick
As we’ve already covered the Friday races, we’ll just reiterate these two points:
Do not cross Calvin Borel. Do feel free to pitch a reality TV show in which he becomes a boxer or MMA star – it may be wrong, but it would be a guilty pleasure. #jockeyfight
Life At Ten: luckily, [...]
Zenyatta and Blame, joined in history
Perfection can be a double-edged sword; no one suggests that missing out on maintaining it by inches has in any way tainted Zenyatta’s reputation, but it could be argued that its pursuit has, in some sense, held her back. While jockey Mike Smith may continue to lament his role [...]
And so, on to the Saturday Breeders’ Cup races – rumors that there are some other horses competing beyond Goldikova and Zenyatta are entirely true. While the two champion mares are, without question, the stars of the event, each race on the card has something worthwhile going on.
After all, there’s a Kentucky Derby [...]
In a word: Goldikova. A second semi-word: threepeat. Let’s see it happen.
Goldikova (l) does her winning thing
Last year, Goldikova finished seventh in the Prix d’Ispahan, her yearly debut; it seemed that the extra furlong and soft going were not to her taste. There were no such questions this year – the 5-year-old mare set a new stakes record in the same race, capturing her eighth [...]
Hasili VIII: A New Hope?
D. Wayne Lukas may not be sending Dublin to the Belmont, but he’ll be busy nonetheless; he’s just become the trainer for Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. The move had been rumored for a few weeks, but it was confirmed this week with the horse setting out from New [...]
This means you, NTRA
Let’s begin with a basic premise: getting a check for second is not a failure, but a non-working website is. With that in mind, let’s examine the events of the past weekend. For some reason, American racing at the highest level is hung up on success or ‘failure’ in an individual [...]
Here’s a conspiracy theory for you – while Crisp certainly looked fine in her upset victory in the Santa Anita Oaks, it was a race Blind Luck ‘had to lose’ to stave off Derby fever – hence the change to her usual running style (and the troubled trip overall). An easy victory [...]