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Tuesday Metapost

I spent much of Saturday glued to TVG (now a TBA sponsor) since the Powers That Be did not see fit to otherwise televise more than one of the eleven G1 races featured this weekend between Belmont and Santa Anita (not to mention the overseas races). Before the star performances, however, there were a few […]


From the (welcome) coverage it is receiving, it might seem that Curlin’s Jockey Club Gold Cup bid is the only race taking place this weekend when in fact it’s ridiculously busy (rather like my entire week this week).

Perhaps the most competitive race this weekend will be the Beldame; while Ginger Punch towers over […]

Champions League

As Curlin prepares to take on Cigar’s all-time earnings mark on Saturday in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, we heard once again from majority owner Jess Jackson (who seems to share my enthusiasm for the current crop of European stars). Yes, there was more will-he-won’t-he about Curlin running in the Breeders’ Cup (and of course […]

Playing Catch-up

Although I’m in the midst of an extremely busy week at work, I have been keeping up with my Task Force co-authors in Las Vegas via their regular Twitter updates which are aggregated at Raceday 360 Wire along with all the other racing news that’s fit to scrape – if you have not been yet, […]

What Happens in Vegas…

I had quite a lot noted down to mention this week, but work, childhood illness and missed race training meant that I never got around to them. As I’m off for the Dogfish Dash (and I will likely run at a snail’s pace thanks to the aforementioned missed training) as a prelude to an insane […]

A European Breeders’ Cup Preview

It’s a bit of a quiet week; Curlin had a workout to prep for the Jockey Club Gold Cup on the 27th and Colonel John became one of the first Breeders’ Cup contenders to work over Santa Anita’s new surface. Like Big Brown and a number of other potential starters, he will not have another […]

Big Brown=Nice, Zarkava=Scary

Big Brown proved he can handle some fine turf horses over the weekend, and I give the horse a lot of credit for his impressive win. I still give his connections nothing but demerits, of course, for only giving him one more race, but, to paraphrase Princess Leia, if money is what they love, then […]

Two To Go

In what should be a boon to Monmouth Park, Big Brown makes his return in the nearly-bespoke Monmouth Stakes, his first outing on turf since the maiden victory that put him on the map. While I wonder at the wisdom of allowing the horse’s owners to be ‘presenting sponsors‘ of the race (even though it’s […]

An Equal and Opposite Reaction?

Most Rick Dutrow-related discussion this week is, rather unsurprisingly, related to Big Brown’s race this weekend. However, a little snippet in the TT made me wonder what else is going on behind the scenes; it would seem that Gary Contessa, who has been engaging in a minor war of words with Dutrow of late, has […]


Champs Elysees finally got that elusive G1 win in the Northern Dancer last weekend, so he’s no longer a disappointment to his illustrious family — that’s six G1 winners so far for his dam, Hasili. Here’s hoping 3-year-old Raise the Flag and her Storm Cat and Empire Maker fillies follow in their siblings’ footsteps.

But […]