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Dubai World Cup Day Wrap-Up

Curlin was hardly only horse running in Dubai (although it certainly seemed like it by the time he took to the track); now you, lucky reader, can play the exciting new game called ‘Did Superfecta Mention the Winner?’

Godolphin MileRick Dutrow’s Very Good Day began early; Diamond Stripes was certainly a worthy victor, […]

Big Brown’s Farrier Bills Worth The Effort

Although I was duly impressed by Bellamy Road‘s Wood Memorial victory back in 2005, I confess I never got on his bandwagon; I stayed with Afleet Alex, who had been my pick since before the 2004 Juvenile. (For the record, my Derby trifecta that year was Afleet Alex, Flower Alley and Bandini — while I […]

Curlin: What Next?

Following Curlin’s triumph in the Dubai World Cup (against an international field of much greater depth than you typically see for the Breeders’ Cup Classic), the question becomes ‘who is left to beat?’ He’s to be shipped back to the States next week for a little rest, then on to a summer campaign.

My […]

Big Brown: They Weren’t Kidding

Big Brown: OK, I’m convinced. Wow. I’m also thrilled that Tomcito got up for third. More on the Dubai World Cup (and the Florida Derby undercard) later…

Dubai World Cup Day

As per usual on the Dubai World Cup undercard, most of the American entries who are not Curlin (pictured) seem outclassed (excepting, of course, the sprinters in the Golden Shaheen). I’d planned to do a real run-down of each race, but circumstances intervened; instead, here are a few horses I’ll be keeping my eye on […]

Handicapping the Florida Derby

Finally, an interesting Derby prep! Elysium Fields (currently my favorite of the trio of Barclay Tagg trainees on the Derby trail) and Fierce Wind (one of the ‘other’ Nick Zito horses) should both prove serious threats in the Florida Derby.

Majestic Warrior made a big impression on Coolmore back in September, but doesn’t have a […]

Spotlight (Very Much) On Curlin

The Dubai World Cup fast approacheth, and naturally Curlin is the star of the show (even though he will have to break from post 12). Such is the level of respect accorded Curlin that Eoin Harty, who brings Well Armed, said:

“Even if they started Curlin on Nad Al Sheba road, […]

Spotlight on Tomcito

We know he’s by Street Cry, we know he’s won two Group 1 classics in Peru (despite an age disadvantage, running against Southern Hemisphere 3-year-olds, and at real distances), but what does it all mean? The real question mark is one of class (although the same could be said for much of the competition this […]

Tuesday Metapost

By now, the news that Rags to Riches has been retired is common knowledge; while the official story is that she re-injured the leg she fractured last year, one does wonder whether (for which read ‘if’) that happened during or after a nice workout at Palm Beach Downs on March 19th. It’s hardly shocking news […]

Too Good To Be True

Rags to Riches retires, heads off to see Giant’s Causeway. Sigh.