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Green Monkey Alert!

Watch the skies! The Green Monkey will be returning to training in the not-terribly-distant future. There’s no word on the future plans for his more moderately priced (at $9.7 million) Godolphin counterpart Jalil.

No particular goals were mentioned either, but I’m presuming we won’t be seeing either of them at the Willowdale Steeplechase (at least […]

More Coolmore Fun

Greg Wood’s article in The Guardian (or The Grauniad, if you prefer) sums up the whole George Washington/Holy Roman Emperor affair very well indeed:

Whatever gloss they try to put on it – and Coolmore does gloss like no one else – this can be no more than a damage-limitation exercise. And if it makes […]

Any Danehill Will Do

Somewhat overshadowing Circular Quay’s nice victory in the Louisiana Derby (at least in Europe) was the rather unexpected news that George Washington is (apparently) infertile and so three-year-old Holy Roman Emperor has been abruptly retired to deputize for him.

It seems there was more than a little dismay from trainer Aidan OBrien:

Holy Roman Emperor […]

Happy Birthday, John Henry

John Henry turns 32 today — fans will be pleased to hear that the old guy is as irascible as ever:

The caretakers at Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions have been waging a daily battle of wills with John Henry for more than two decades, and losing.

“If he doesn’t try to kill me […]

It’s On

Well, we are officially on the Triple Crown Trail; the Fountain of Youth must qualify as the most exciting race so far this year. I’m still not entirely convinced by Scat Daddy despite his win (the 1 1/8 looked about as far as he wanted to run), but Stormello showed a lot of heart and […]

Still, You Wouldn’t Miss It For A Sack of Gold

Great Hunter makes his three-year-old debut this weekend at Santa Anita in the Robert Lewis Stakes. It seems a bit ironic that MSNBC picks up his story (via the DRF) and notes that he has been somewhat overlooked (much to trainer Doug O’Neill’s delight) — indeed, despite his Chester County roots, there’s nary a mention […]

Stud Notes

It’s been a busy week or so in the breeding world; tiny Megahertz had a Giants Causeway colt while Intercontinental’s contribution to her illustrious family is an Empire Maker filly.

Real Quiet is off stallion duty while being treated at NBC for problems with his back feet; I have always felt that he is a […]