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Curlin Triumphant

This is what the real deal looks like.

Kent Desormeaux has a lot more to say about the Belmont now — but frankly, I’ll take Curlin over his horse any day. What was his name again?

More on the rest of the day later..


Winning Colors’ Winning Filly

Winning Colors may be gone, but her second-to-last foal won her debut in style at Churchill Downs; her time for the five furlong race is the best of the meet so far. A dark grey filly like her mother (well, like her mother at 2), Ocean Colors is trained by Steve Asmussen. It sounds as […]

A Great (Secret) Weekend of Racing

There is a great weekend of racing to look forward to – it’s a shame it’s going to be hidden away on HRTV and TVG. Check out today’s Green but Game for a fantastic open letter to the NTRA on this very topic; she is spot on!

Here’s what anyone […]

Steroids: Not Just for Americans Anymore

Takeover Target is an amazing horse by any standard; the Aussie sprinter has won 17 of his 33 starts, winning in Australia, Japan, Singapore and the UK. Now the British press wants to know whether he comes by his speed entirely honestly.Two years ago, Takeover Target tested positive for steroids which his connections deemed to […]

Ambassador Curlin

With the Triple Crown over, we can finally turn our attention back to the real deal – Curlin. Despite grumblings from trainer Steve Asmussen over the high weight he has been assigned (even though that weight is lower than what he carried in the Jaguar Trophy in Dubai), it seems all systems are go […]

Silence is Golden?

Rick Dutrow isn’t the only trainer whose mouth gets him into trouble; across the pond, Jim Bolger is facing similar heat from the press, but for rather a different reason — his horse won. Confused? Here’s what happened:

Some months ago, Bolger had declared that New Approach (last year’s 2-year-old champion and part of the […]

Casino Drive to Big Brown: Oh Snap!

Casino Drive is headed back to Japan for the time being, but if all goes well he will be aiming squarely at the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Clearly, racing manager Nobutaka Tada has figured out how we roll around these parts:

When asked if he feels like he’s been Americanized, Tada said, “Next time I come […]

Broken Dreams and Tax Breaks

Thanks in no small part to our excellent seats in the shade, I had quite a nice Belmont day, which is presumably more than can be said for Big Brown. (I should note that thanks also go to Ventura, Zaftig, J Be K, Silver Edition and Dancing Forever for making our day fairly profitable).


The Belmont Undercard and Beyond

It’s not quite a Breeders’ Cup card, but there is a lot to like on the Belmont undercard. There are some interesting betting races but I am most looking forward to seeing some of my favorite horses in action.

True North HandicapRick Dutrow’s other favorite on the card, Benny the Bull, is back from Dubai. […]

Casino Drive Out?

It’s possible that Casino Drive may be absent from the starting gate tomorrow:

“Right now our decision is to run … We didn’t like his way of moving,” said Nobutaka Tada, the racing manager for owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto. “So we just didn’t go to the track this morning. He’s just walking in the shed. Tomorrow […]