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A Brief Pause…

Apologies for the lack of posts this week, but the abbreviated work week and a bit of ongoing research for my next post are keeping me on the slow track.

I did want to take a moment to share my appreciation for our marvelous new Hello Race Fans sponsors – please do take a […]

A Janus-Like Weekend

The long holiday weekend we’ve just exited was a case study in the highs and lows of the sport. It’s impossible not to be excited by victories like Zenyatta’s in the Milady or old warhorse Brass Hat’s in the Louisville; however, the sobering accident at Arlington involving Rene Douglas was the flip side of that […]

Then One Of Us Shall Be A Queen

While the will-she-or-won’t-she discussion continues over Rachel Alexandra’s possible participation in the Belmont (briefly mentioned in my latest blog posting at, the other queen of the track is preparing to (finally) make her seasonal debut.

Zenyatta is defending her title and unbeaten record in the Milady at Hollywood Park. She won’t have much competition, […]


Like Val, I believe that this year’s thrilling Preakness result was the best the sport could have possibly hoped for; even before the race, I had colleagues and friends who otherwise never notice racing asking me about ‘the filly and the Derby horse’ – and even asking me to take money to Pimlico to bet […]

Superfecta’s Preakness Adventure

The day began early, with your intrepid Superfecta hoping to squeeze in a 10K run before the smallest member of the household awoke. Despite setting a halfway-decent pace, by the time I returned from my run he was already up and enjoying some Backyardigans – I hoped my failure to achieve my own goal would […]

2009 Preakness – On the Record

Looking over the Preakness undercard made me realize they start the show early down south – the Allaire DuPont goes off at 10.44! Depending on Amtrak and my luck with scalpers, I may or may not make it in time for the first few races. Here are a few undercard highlights:

Race 2 – Alliare […]

(Don’t) Sweep the Leg

So, it’s official – Rachel Alexandra is in, and has the outside post. I’m viewing this as a positive, given what has happened in the modern era in terms of fillies in the Preakness – for some reason, seems to have been open season on them, far more than it has been on, say, Derby […]

Mainstream Media, Meet Racing

While we wait for the Preakness draw, you may as well check out Calvin Borel’s appearance on The Tonight Show last night. (He starts at chapter five, in case you get lost). Had this been Oprah, I presume they would have subtitled him, but at least we established he did have electricity growing up.

Feel […]

Preakness Plans

While the Preakness draw won’t take place until tomorrow, we have a reasonably good idea of the field at this point. Rachel Alexandra should be in (after Sunday’s brush fire of idiocy) and Friesan Fire is now definitely a go as well. Derby victor Mine That Bird had a surprise workout the other day and […]

Preakness Poltroons

It seems to be all sorted out now (thanks to Marylou Whitney), but the fact that so many wealthy owners seriously considered entering their stable leftovers (completely disregarding the welfare of those horses, who have already demonstrated they aren’t up to taking on this kind of field) to keep Rachel Alexandra out of the Preakness […]