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Here’s to the Ladies Who Munch (Grass)*

Although not directly related to the Arlington Million, a highlight of the broadcast from my perspective was last week’s Claiborne Farm Foal Patrol segment. Featured was über-broodmare Hasili (pictured here in a print by Susan Crawford), who was relocated from England to the US last year, with her most recent Empire Maker foal (she also […]


Spirit One’s victory in the Arlington Million is being somewhat overshadowed in the European press by the manner of Archipenko’s defeat. The Guardian quotes trainer Mike de Kock as referring to Johnny Murtagh’s ride on 3rd-place finisher Mount Nelson as:

“…the most ungentlemanly piece of riding I have seen in a long time”

The Independent, […]

Arlington Million Preview

With the Arlington Million only a day away, Team Archipenko (pictured) is feeling confident. Jockey Kevin Shea was pleased with what might be considered a slow work by American standards, but that’s standard operating procedure for the 4-year-old Kingmambo colt:

“He’s not the greatest worker and this morning I […]

The Beverly D. and Secretariat

The Beverly D. is shaping up to be a very tough race; Dreaming of Anna, Precious Kitten and Mauralakana are the headliners, but it’s a quality field all around. Although Precious Kitten has excelled in California (and my general rule is ‘never bet against Bobby Frankel with a turf filly’), I like the home-track advantage […]

Team Einstein

Arlington Park shares a rare characteristic with only a few other American racetracks such as Del Mar, Keeneland and Saratoga — people actually like going there for the atmosphere (indeed, how often do you read rave reviews of racetrack food?) as much as for the racing. There will be plenty of both elements on offer […]

Curlin: It’s the Woodward

Mark your calendars for August 30th – Curlin will be heading back to dirt for the Woodward although owner Jess Jackson indicated that turf is still an option down the line:

“The Arc is probably out for this year,” Jackson said. “We think he can be a turf champion but I’m not sure he has […]

Big Brown Ekes Out a Win

Big Brown’s narrow victory in the Haskell will likely not answer many questions; did he show great determination in running down Coal Play (this time actually beating the ‘other’ Nick Zito horse in the field) just at the wire or did he look like a horse without much left? On paper, he should have waltzed […]

Big Drama

Big Brown’s return in the Haskell continues to provide off-track drama; it seems none of his connections are on the same page about anything beyond the hope of a win. First, the choice of race still seems a sore point:

There’s even a subplot to the Haskell involving Dutrow’s relationship with […]