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Bonus for Hard Spun Fans

I’m sure the more intrepid Hard Spun fans have already come across this, but for those who missed it, there’s a blog following the birth of his newborn half-sister by Kingmambo as well as a slideshow of photos of his dam, Turkish Tryst, and the new filly in the fields at Brushwood Stables.

Speaking of […]

Meanwhile, in the Antipodes…

There have been a number of reports in this hemisphere about Gallic’s victory in the Sydney Cup but few capture the true magnitude of his achievement; the seven-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding’s latest Group I victory comes after his recovery from a series of injuries that often prove career-ending (the bowed tendons) if not life-threatening (the […]

Musical Trainers

While it seems the Curlin is emerging as the favorite at this point (and there have been a number of articles documenting his ownership and trainer changes, there’s been little credit given to trainer Helen Pitts for getting him to the track in the first place. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, he was […]

Take A Derby Break

While you’re mulling over your Derby picks in this (mostly) post-prep lull period, why not think about coming out to the track to support some other horses — former television stars, no less!

Crafty Value and Sharp as a Fox (whom you no doubt remember from their star turns on the American Dream Derby television […]

Drape vs. Beyer

Joe Drape was awarded the first Castleton Lyons-THOROUGHBRED TIMES Book Award for his excellent biography of jockey Jimmy ‘Wink’ Winkfield — Black Maestro, The Epic Life of an American Legend. Drape’s cogent articles in the New York Times are always well-considered and well worth a read; his article today about Dominican and Curlin is matter-of-fact […]

A Most Peculiar Blue Grass

Joe Drape of the NY Times describes the Blue Grass as ‘strangely run‘ which is perhaps the best way to sum it up — it seemed part turf race, part training exercise. Without taking anything away from victor Dominican (about whom there is an interesting feature article here), Street Sense looked less tired and more […]

Things I Learned From Watching ‘Dreamer’

I’m unwell and working from home today, so I finally watched ‘Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story‘ — and I must say I learned a lot about the racing business I never knew — for example:

Small children are allowed on the track to check on injured horses Injured graded stakes winners can change hands […]

Fun With Litigation

With the (somewhat diminished) Blue Grass Stakes fast approaching, there are the predictable articles painting it as a face-off between Great Hunter and Street Sense and indeed they are certainly the headliners (although I continue to have a soft spot for Teuflesberg, now to be ridden by Edgar Prado, and Dominican is one to watch […]

Hey, He Likes It!

Apparently Hard Spun quite likes the Churchill Downs surface — I’m pleased to be proven wrong in this instance:

This notice is to inform you that one or more of your horses has worked out.Hard SpunYour Comment:

Date: April 12, 2007Track: CHURCHILL DOWNSDistance: Five FurlongsTime: 1.00:20 BreezingTrack Condition: FastSurface: DirtRank: 1/15

Edit: Teuflesberg […]

The Superfecta Derby Top Ten (and a half)

I finally decided to commit my Derby Top Ten to the interweb, for good or ill:

Great Hunter – I’ve long suspected he’s Doug O’Neill’s only real shot; I like the fact that he’s never been out of the money and he’s a good PA-bred. His legal quagmire should provide a great backstory come Derby […]