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Year-End Round-Up

It’s year-in-review time, naturally (although that has not stopped Walmac from campaigning to become Barbaro’s new home via the press); given the amount of preparation I need to undertake to get ready for New Year’s Eve, here’s a quick list to hold you over until January when there will be actual prose again. NB: This […]


No more Wire to Wire — ESPN is claiming that ‘less is more.’ Wrong, wrong, wrong. Don’t they know I cannot receive TVG or HRTV? Or that I need my Randy Moss fix on a weekly basis?

This does not sit well with me. At all. Please discuss — I’ve gone nearly monosyllabic with shock.Tags:Horse […]

Hard Spun Spin?

By all accounts, Hard Spun looked great in his easy victory, but I am still wary of jumping on (another) two-year-old bandwagon at this point. While he is taking the increasingly-well-trod Smarty Jones path through Arkansas, he has yet to face serious competition of the sort Street Sense demonstrated he is very capable of beating.


Nursery Rhymes

The rescheduled Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes goes off Monday at 3.50, with Hard Spun as the main attraction. I’m glad to see he’s able to make the race despite the moving date, but it would have been nice if Philadelphia Park (‘and casino’) had been able to put it on Saturday or Sunday so that people […]

Barbaro Breyerfest

While the big check from Breyer was newsworthy in and of itself, clearly the main piece of news at the Barbaro/Breyer conference (video here) was the suggestion that he could potentially be out of the hospital in the nearish future. While further details on that were not forthcoming (and we’re officially not allowed to speculate […]

Cold Turkey?

The Blood-Horse takes on the drug issue with some incisive commentary and sensible suggestions. Ray Paulick is quite correct when he suggests that the general public has no idea that steroids are perfectly legal in US racing. Indeed, when I lived in the UK it was quite easy to shock people by telling them that […]


Although Ouija Board was scratched from the Hong Kong Vase, there was a great story on the day in her absence. Collier Hill’s victory in the race no doubt seemed unlikely back in his steeplechase days. (Yes, he’s a former steeplechaser. Did we mention he’s eight years old and has raced with distinction in France, […]

Painted Emblems of a Race

This weekend, Ouija Board will make her final start in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. Her remarkable career is summed up well in ‘Farewell to a Magical Lady‘ — truly a fitting tribute. It seems odd to consider that she was an unspectacular (if promising) two-year-old and that her victory in the Vodafone […]

Dubai Shopping

Speaking as a horse racing and soccer fan, I must admit that the Dubai folk are only doing what I would if I had the ready cash.

John Henry: Champion, Artist

ReRun, the respected Thoroughbred retirement foundation, begins its charity auction of artwork by famous horses (“Moneighs” of course) today on eBay. While many of them are more or less what you’d expect the result of giving a horse a paintbrush to be, check out John Henry’s piece — it’s really interesting!

The irascable old fellow […]