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I Love a Parade

As the year winds down and the countdown to Curlin’s retirement deals in ever-smaller numbers, your chances to see him in racehorse condition are very limited. You do have the option to see him this weekend if you can make it to Churchill Downs, however – Curlin will be paraded between the fifth and sixth […]

That Old Chestnut

The Paulick Report has an article today that suggests it is possible that the Kentucky Derby field size could be limited going forward. As longtime readers of this blog now, this is a subject I like to kick around on a semi-annual basis and think that it has a lot more merit than one of […]

Remember the Mares

It’s a Distaff sort of day today; Zarkava took home the Cartier Award for Horse of the Year, Zenyatta has her own hat and there is the troubling news that Sunline is fighting laminitis.

First, let’s look more closely at the good news — Zarkava’s flawless season was rewarded by Cartier voters who chose […]

Summing Up Curlin

As has been widely discussed, Curlin is set to retire at the end of this year. A final start seems increasingly unlikely and would not really add much to his resume or bank balance; going out on a win would simply add an appropriate coda to his story.

In many ways, Curlin’s career has […]

Get Your Vote On

Hey, American readers – are missing out on that voting feeling now that the presidential election is over? Well, never fear, horse racing has come to the rescue. It seems that you, too, can vote for your favorite European race horses for the Cartier Awards. As with any absentee ballot, it’s difficult to predict whether […]

Horses Racing?

Well, at least Godolphin managed to scrounge together a few bucks to keep some of their fillies and mares in training – I am genuinely pleased to hear that we will be seeing more of both Cocoa Beach and Music Note. In fact, we should get another chance to see Cocoa Beach before the end […]

I Go Away For A Few Days…

…and everyone retires. It was nice knowing you, Raven’s Pass. It’s a shame poor Sheik Mohammed didn’t have the deep pockets to keep him in training, but jockey Jimmy Fortune was able to give the horse a diplomatic send-off to Kildangan Stud:

“I still don’t think we had seen the best of him but (in […]

The Other Races

Things are rather busy at Casa Superfecta, what with celebrating the national election results (while, as a former Californian, being horrified by the Prop 8 madness) and preparing to head to a conference in DC. As a result, rather than working up some sort of elaborate and entirely nonsensical theory about how Eclipse Award voting […]

Viewed Takes the Melbourne Cup

Well, another Melbourne Cup is in the books, and contrary to the pre-race hype, the Cup stayed in Australian hands. The hands in question are certainly familiar — the win by Viewed gave trainer Bart Cummings his twelfth victory in the race and his 250th Group 1 win overall.

Val has a great wrap-up […]

Civic Responsibility

I know many of us were unhappy about not being able to go to this year’s Breeders’ Cup, but it seems that a certain juror sitting on Ted Stevens’ corruption trial outdid us all:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A juror who vanished during Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens’ corruption trial told the judge Monday she lied […]