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 [...]
The Arkansas Derby is being framed as an opportunity for redemption for Old Fashioned; he’ll be lining up next to Win Willy, the surprise winner of the Rebel and one imagines they’ll be watching for him this time. Perhaps the most interesting pre-race storyline from Team Larry Jones is the jockey switch from Ramon [...]
Last weekend’s Derby preps may, unfortunately, become more remembered for what happened off the track (and not even to horses pointed toward Kentucky) – all thanks to Jeff Mullins, conditioner for I Want Revenge. But let’s set him aside for the moment to recall how things went in California.
Naturally, hearing that The Pamplemousse was scratched [...]
Well Armed may have had the most visually impressive victory on the Dubai World Cup card, but Timeform has ranked him the second-best horse in the world – with Dubai Duty Free winner Gladiatorus number one at a rating of 132 (in case you were wondering, the only other American-based horse apart from Well Armed [...]
I’ve just returned from beautiful Seattle and have been getting up to speed on everything I missed, racing-wise (here’s the short version: a lot). While I racked up a lot of Road to the Roses points, upon reflection I would probably have further shaken up my top ten – here’s the current version:
Why, you may ask, is my weekend preview arriving so early? Easy: logistics. The Family Superfecta is off to Seattle tomorrow (and before you ask – no, I didn’t notice ACRL’s conference was there the same weekend when I booked the tickets, and yes, I know it means every woman in the city [...]
I would encourage you to look at our Hymn to Einstein from yesterday; his victory was by far my racing highlight of the year so far. Gio Ponti and Ventura battling it out for the Kilroe Mile was quite exciting as well – but today, our main focus will be on the 3-year-olds.
Like Dana, [...]
Old Fashioned lived up to his hype in the Southwest yesterday; his win was nothing short of thoroughly professional. He did not seem fazed by his layoff prior to the race nor the tougher competition – it’s easy to see why he’ll be the Derby favorite in the next future wager pool. Of [...]
It’s true, the Derby preps seem to have begun in earnest, but this weekend belongs just as much to the veterans. Perennial Casa Superfecta favorite Brass Hat is coming back in the Dust Commander at Turfway. Now 8, no one’s quite sure what sort of form he’ll be in after an extended vacation, [...]
While on paper this past weekend’s three-year-old races look like perfect examples of budding stars beating up on lesser competition, all three of those winning favorites (or near-favorites) got to face a little adversity – not a bad thing at this point in their respective careers.
Stardom Bound ran her usual come-from-behind race (demonstrating she didn’t [...]