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Meanwhile, Back in the States….

Sunday’s Pacific Classic (on ESPN2, in case your TiVo does not already have a horse racing season pass) will be the first run on Del Mar’s new Polytrack; while Lava Man is the headliner, he’s apparently not scaring anyone away. Much as I like him (and as great as it would be for him to […]

A Long-Expected Party

Champion mare Makybe Diva (right, with her three Melbourne Cups) finally had her first foal — he’s a leggy bay colt by Irish-bred Epsom and Irish Derby winner Galileo, born at Coolmore Stud. There is much speculation in the Australian press as to the colt’s worth; the Diva’s 3/4 brother, Musket, recently sold for AUS […]

Team Old Guys

Today seems to be the day to check in with the equine senior citizens’ brigade; Storm Cat is apparently still enjoying his job at 24 (and if you have a bit of ready cash, you will have the opportunity to purchase his recent paramour Fleet Indian this November), and John Henry has (finally) mellowed a […]


Much has been made already about the decision to point Curlin toward the Jockey Club Gold Cup rather than what is now a fairly anemic field for the Travers (with the exception of Street Sense, who will presumably be enjoying a paid workout). My sense is that there would be less chatter about it if […]

We’re Off To See The Tin Man

While it’s a shame we won’t be seeing Better Talk Now this weekend in the Sword Dancer (which, really, should make it a walkover for English Channel if he’s in good form), we do have an exciting Arlington Million to look forward to. It’s hard not to root for The Tin Man (and I’m not […]

Crushed Again!

It’s official — you still can’t name a racehorse Sally Hemings. From the Blood-Horse:

Judge Alice Batchelder, writing for the three-judge panel, said Redmond has other options that may be approved by The Jockey Club, which forbids horse owners from using names of famous or notorious people without special permission. The club’s rules also say […]

Too Darn Hot

While Superfecta loathes driving in the Bay Area, it must be said that at least the cool weather there was pleasant; it’s too hot back here to race at Delaware Park today. As it’s already been mentioned by everyone else, I’ll just point out that I was right about Any Given Saturday in the Haskell […]

Haskell Hiatus

Superfecta is off to California tomorrow, so this week’s postings will be rather thin on the ground as a result. Nevertheless, let’s touch on a few key races. Here in the States, this weekend’s Haskell is the big news — Curlin is back and he takes on Hard Spun (with Mario Pino back aboard), Any […]