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Meanwhile, Back at Cobra Command…

So, which assistant of Patrick Biancone will be the trainer of record for his Breeders’ Cup starters? So far, no one’s talking, but there’s nothing in the agreement reached yesterday that bars him from a share of the prize money. The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and Team Biancone reached a settlement that will ban him […]

Official Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

The lists of pre-entries are finally up on the Breeders’ Cup site; here are my first ruminations on the fields as they are now:

Dirt MileCommentator Corinthian Diamond Stripes Discreet Cat Forefathers Gottcha Gold High Finance Lewis Michael Park Avenue Ball Wanderin Boy XchangerInitial thoughts: Even given his lackluster last time out, it’s hard to […]

Breeders’ Cup Gossip

We have entered that strange liminal period before the Breeders’ Cup in which it seems very little happens (at least in US racing). However, the probable contenders have been busy training; Street Sense, Curlin and Hard Spun all had good workouts recently and seem to be ready to go. But before we turn our attention […]

Compare and Contrast

Teuflesberg is scheduled for surgery today (no news yet), and while so far things are sounding positive for his survival, the same cannot be said for his ownership group. An article in the Lexington Herald-Leader confirms some of the rumors that have been floating around of late:

“I’m trying to play peacemaker for both sides,” […]

Pulling for Teuflesberg

Looking back on my pre-weekend post, I seem rather worryingly prescient — on the positive side, I called the trifecta in the Shadwell Turf Mile and was close on the First Lady, but I also worried whether things were amiss in the Teuflesberg camp, perhaps with good reason. It sounds as though we can be […]

John Henry: 1975-2007

It’s difficult to imagine a horse (even a gelding) with a career like John Henry’s now — 83 starts, 39 wins, in the money 24 more times, 16 grade I wins among 30 stakes wins. But John Henry was never like other horses; he was tougher, more likely to take your arm off, perhaps, but […]

Tin Hat At The Ready

The Lawyer Ron legal kerfuffle (see this history here) has been settled for now, although everything is confidential. But it sounds as though both sides are happy at present:

Stonewall general manager Bert Welker said he is looking forward to the day Lawyer Ron officially joins the farm’s 12-horse stallion roster.

“I know we would […]

Weekend Metapost

It was quite a weekend of racing; things are shaping up nicely for the Breeders’ Cup. First, the West Coast:

Tiago performed well in his first outing against older horses in the Goodwood Handicap (Lava Man was scratched in favor of a race next weekend), although he was certainly tested by Awesome Gem — nevertheless, […]