The lucky stallion
As has been widely reported, Zenyatta has a date with Bernardini. I had assumed she would go to see his sire, A.P. Indy, but the reasoning behind the match makes perfect sense – Zenyatta has a 2-year-old half-sister by Bernardini called Eblouissante, which helped make his offspring something of a known quantity [...]
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 [...]
Can Uptowncharlybrown pull it off?
Back in the day, the Derby Trial used to be a legitimate Kentucky Derby prep (and we’ll mention that more next week); nowadays, the two-week turnaround from the Coolmore Lexington to the Derby seems a nearly insurmountable challenge. But graded earnings can be hard to obtain, and it’s the [...]
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 [...]
As we move inexorably closer to Breeders’ Cup time (pre-entries are to be announced in a little more than a week), things are fairly quiet – last weekend’s (stateside) races were most notable for a major exit, rather than as Breeders’ Cup preps.
But it was a satisfying exit; Champs Elysees capped his career in style, [...]
While Lava Man is working toward a comeback, the equally hard-knocking Better Talk Now is finally heading for retirement. Better Talk Now was aiming for another G1 win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic coming up this weekend, but he injured a suspensory ligament while training; he’ll be looking at a comfortable retirement instead of [...]
Ventura added her success in the Woodbine Mile to the ongoing Season of Female Domination; second in this race last year, she blew past the field to win easily this time around. Although it’s a Win and You’re In Race for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, she’ll be heading to the Filly & Mare Sprint [...]
This year’s Alabama may not have had a filly in Rachel Alexandra’s class, but that didn’t stop Careless Jewel from emulating her in a big-margin victory (and running a 106 in the process). One also might view the race as the year’s second major Canadian incursion, after Mine That Bird’s earlier success up north [...]
It’s not a big weekend for the 3-year-olds, but the older horses have plenty going on in California. Champs Elysees is still in the game and he’s taking on his nephew (insofar as we can pretend these terms apply in horse breeding) Zambezi Sun in the San Luis Obispo.
In case you’re wondering how that [...]
The nation’s best-documented unraced 3-year-old is getting ready for his debut, complete with a CBS TV crew (which is considerably more coverage than the entire Sunshine Millions event received) – Nicanor, full brother to Barbaro, is likely to race shortly. He’s been training in Florida for the winter and the likely spot is [...]