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 [...]
Like so many promising 2-year-olds before her (Halfbridled, in particular, comes to mind), Stardom Bound (pictured) has had difficulty replicating her early successes; luckily, though, she is being given the opportunity to try her luck at 4. She makes her first start of the year at Santa Anita in the El Encino on Sunday. [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
Theoretically the Coolmore Lexington is still a Derby prep (rather like the Derby Trial used to be in bygone days), but I find it hard to see that anyone will move forward from this year’s installment with a legitimate chance in the Derby. Yes, Square Eddie (pictured) has the earnings, a nice pedigree and [...]
All eyes will be on I Want Revenge on Saturday in the Wood Memorial; it goes without saying that the colt looks very tough to beat. Hopefully the focus will remain on him for all the right reasons, but he’s been saddled (as it were) with some baggage – a trainer with a taste [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
Jimmy Jerkins may have forgotten to nominate Quality Road to the Triple Crown, but the horse gave him a little reminder in his Fountain of Youth victory. However, without taking anything away from Quality Road, I’m not as convinced as I might be about what this race really means; Theregoesjojo’s second-place finish was a reverse [...]
The Thoroughbred Times ran a feature article which focused on the welcome news that eight of last year’s champions will remain in training and explores some of the economic realities which have led to this unusual turn of events. However, some parts, alas, just don’t ring true – like this quote from Michael Iavarone: