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Ghostly Goings-On

Halloween is upon us and so, naturally, we turn our attention to racetrack ghosts and their near kin. First up, the famous haunting of Happy Valley Racetrack in Hong Kong — it even made Western Folklore (vol 20, no 4, in case you were wondering). Jockey Marcel Samarcq was thrown from his mount and killed […]

Breeders’ Cup: Final Thoughts

Juvenile FilliesIndian Blessing led wire to wire, so there’s no question that early speed could hold, despite the wet conditions. It didn’t hurt her to have Garrett Gomez aboard, since he was on something of a hot streak all day. Smarty Deb certainly did not embarrass herself in her first outing against tough competition — […]

Breeders’ Cup Highlights and Lowlights

The GoodOur end of Monmouth was actually very well set up; while it had something of a kids’ table ambiance with the temporary grandstands and concessions, they were well placed and (likely thanks to the weather) not overwhelmed. (I’ve been to others Breeders’ Cups where it was impossible to get anywhere near the food or […]

Breeders’ Cup Photos

Actual detail and commentary is coming later, but feel free to check out my Breeders’ Cup photos on Flickr. Here’s Dylan Thomas in the paddock to whet your appetite.

Recap on the Way…

Full recap of the Breeders’ Cup coming tomorrow; I got some nice pictures of George Washington before the Classic and from where we were sitting had no idea of his injury until getting home (all we could hear was that he had tired and was being eased; there was no suggestion that anything else was […]

Off to Monmouth

Don’t forget to check your Tomlinson numbers. Bet on the Europeans in the turf races. Note that Slew‘s Tiznow is also out with a fever. Oh, and bring a good rainhat; umbrellas are evil. See you at the track!

Semi-Liveblogging the Broadcast

1) More Kenny Mayne – hurrah! But please fix the sound problems. I do like the idea of putting him in Times Square; I’d love a handy OTB like that near me.

3) Nice seeing the TBA’s own Jen Morrison’s byline in the DRF commercial.

2) Coolmore should spend more on their advertising; Three Chimneys […]

Breeders’ Cup Analysis: Classic

Finally, the big event — the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge:

Post Horse Trainer Jockey Odds 1 Lawyer Ron Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 5-2 2 Street Sense Carl Nafzger Calvin Borel 3-1 3 Any Given Saturday Todd Pletcher Garrett Gomez 5-2 4 Curlin Steve Asmussen Robby Albarado 3-1 5 George Washington Aidan […]

Breeders’ Cup Analysis: Turf

On to one of the races I am most excited about — the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf:

Post Horse Trainer Jockey Odds 1 Fri Guy Dale Romans Kent Desormeaux 50-1 2 Red Rocks Brian Meehan Frankie Dettori 7-2 3 Better Talk Now Graham Motion Ramon Dominguez 9-2 4 Shamdinan Angel Penna Julien Leparoux […]

Breeders’ Cup Analysis: Distaff

Next up: the Emirates Airlines Distaff:

Post Horse Trainer Jockey Odds 1 Balance David Hofmans Victor Espinoza 20-1 2 Prop Me Up Greg Sacco Joe Bravo 50-1 3 Tough Tiz’s Sis Bob Baffert Mike Smith 20-1 4 Ginger Punch Bobby Frankel Rafael Bejarano 7-2 5 Lady Joanne Carl Nafzger Calvin Borel 6-1 6 Bear […]