This weekend’s highlight for me is Einstein’s 2009 debut in the Donn Handicap; trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi warns that Gulfstream’s track is not his favorite dirt surface, but I think it’s great they are giving him a challenge, rather than going for the three-peat in the Gulfstream Park Turf. (Obviously adding that G1 victory to [...]
Today’s first point of order is a welcome to new readers from TheRail – thank you for stopping by, it’s lovely to have you visit. And so on to business. As in politics, a week is a long time in horse racing. Only two short months ago, The Blood-Horse ran this headline: [...]
While much of the news over the long weekend focused on Big Brown’s latest quarter crack (Fran’s HoofBlog will be getting more details direct from his farrier later in the week, so keep checking for updates), the rumors over who will ride Casino Drive continue to swirl. Garrett Gomez is now definitely [...]
While it may seem as though it’s all Big Brown, all the time (and hey, you may as well get it while you can), there are, in fact, some older horses in training. Brass Hat (pictured) takes aim at the Louisville Handicap this weekend. He’ll be the high weight in the mile and [...]
After a lackluster performance in the Peter Pan, I’m not sure what to make of Tomcito at this point; I hope he’s not following in the Declan’s Moon path of 2-year-old domination, then regular bullet works, but no wins come the afternoon (although at least Declan’s Moon had a long injury layoff for an excuse). [...]
While there are many column inches being spilled (and rightly so, it’s an interesting story) on Casino Drive, my pick for the Peter Pan (and the Belmont) is still Tomcito. We will see both horses in action tomorrow in the Peter Pan.
I think that Tomcito (pictured) has had some [...]
The good news is that the NTRA is taking what happened to Eight Belles in the Derby very seriously; president and CEO Alex Waldrop has a blog entry musing about how we can make racing safer (and he invites comments and suggestions). I’ve weighed in with quite a few already, and Green but [...]
Big Brown’s victory is rather muted in light of the fate of Eight Belles (I feel a bit guilty about cashing our across the board ticket on her); it’s hard to cheer for Rick Dutrow in any case, but especially under these circumstances. At least she got to prove she was head and shoulders [...]
Until tomorrow afternoon’s post position draw, the only Derby trail action is analyzing (and overanalyzing) the contenders’ works and every possible bit of data available, no matter how tangential.
To that end, I always look forward to playing with the C-J Derby Data Track (and was pleased to discover its origins [...]
Here is this week’s Superfecta Derby Top Ten; I’ve limited myself to horses in the top 20 on graded earnings or at least very close on the bubble (and presuming — hopefully rightly — that the talented Salute the Sarge is headed straight to the Preakness):
Big Brown – I don’t like the hype or the [...]