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Big Cap Weekend

The Big Cap is truly big this year — it equals 2002’s 14-horse field as the largest in the past 25 years. In Lava Man’s absence, a number of legitimate contenders have stepped into the fray — Awesome Gem (right), Student Council and Go Between already have plenty of older-horse cred, while Tiago and Great […]

Curlin Cruises

Curlin wins easily in his Dubai World Cup prep (or, as the Press Association put it rather more floridly, ‘oozed class on his debut in Dubai as he won the Jaguar Trophy at Nad Al Sheba in a canter’).

If he were to remain in training another year, he could look […]

Ladies’ Day – Some Further Thoughts

After having more time to mull it over, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are quite a few things I don’t like about the new Breeders’ Cup setup (although I’m obviously in favor of making the Friday races mean more), but also that there are some good solutions possible.

Major Bad […]

I Get A Free Ticket, Right?

Clearly, the Breeders’ Cup people read our blogs, since we’ve been calling for this for, oh, about a year — hats off to Handride for the tip (and check out Railbird’s opinion as well): Breeders’ Cup to Card Ladies Day

A few comments:

Tying program in to women’s health — good idea! Renaming the Distaff […]

A Peculiar Fountain of Youth

The big question from this past weekend is what to make of the Fountain of Youth results — do they really tell us anything at this point? Nick Zito’s Cool Coal Man won, but the timing of the race had to be adjusted after an outrider apparently tripped the teletimer, leading to what seemed like […]

Derby Trail Roundup

Crown of Thorns is off the trail with a shin injury (which makes me feel terribly prescient for not having added him to my Road to the Roses stable) but there will be plenty to watch in the Fountain of Youth this weekend. Anak Nakal and Court Vision are the two I am most interested […]

So It’ll Be Fine Then, Right?

Word is in that Santa Anita will be entirely replacing its ill-fated Cushion Track surface after they squeak by to the end of this season:

“No one is aware more than I am that we will have the Breeders’ Cup here two years in a row,” said [Santa Anita president Ron] Charles. “We […]

Keeping Lawyers in Work

While Curlin settles into a routine in Dubai, the legal wranglings continue; there is now a continuance until March 21st, mostly because of this:

[plaintiffs’ attorney Angela] Ford has repeatedly alleged that Gallion and Cunningham have subverted the legal system by hiding or sheltering assets. But Mary Meade-McKenzie and Andre Regard, attorneys for Gallion and […]

Insert Divine Comedy/Duke Special Reference Here

Turf War, with Calvin Borel aboard, did nothing in the Southwest (which is finally a G3), while the much-hyped Denis of Cork (left, previously ridden by Mr. Borel) romped to victory. In only his third career start, the horse whose name sounds a bit like an Irish theme pub managed to face a bit of […]

RIP, Winning Colors

The news is in that Winning Colors was put down yesterday (on my birthday, no less). The great mare was responsible for my first correct Derby prediction (and, it should be noted, last correct Derby prediction until Smarty Jones) — quite possibly the only time I’ve ever rooted for D. Wayne Lukas.

Her Derby victory […]