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It’s (Mostly) About the Ladies

Bickersons: because sometimes you don't have time to find an image of Christine Daae

Sure, the Sham is this weekend, but the real race of interest as far as 3-year-olds are concerned is the Davona Dale – who needs colts? Christine Daae, she of the recent bullet-work and considerable buzz (I’m still waiting to […]

Eskendereya and Much Else

Eskendereya gets a paycheck for someone

We finally had a weekend of real Derby preps! Eskendereya put in the fine performance we expected to see last week – and then some. His runaway win in the Fountain of Youth earned a 106 Beyer – the highest by a 3-year-old so far this season, and […]

Three-Year-Olds & Thumbs Up

Gaining 100 pounds can be good for some

Road to the Roses kicks off this weekend, and while I have no idea why the Turf Paradise Derby and the El Camino Real Derby are scoring races (although at least the latter is graded), the rest should be very interesting indeed.

First up is the […]

St Trinians: It All Makes Sense

Alastair Sim and a pink horse

While we’re not normally in the Behind the Name business, the news that St Trinians is aiming to take on the boys in the Santa Anita Handicap (rather than face Zenyatta in the Santa Margarita – which does seem a wise move) was too compelling to ignore […]

Horses and Hoaxes

Not the horse

It’s been a difficult Derby prep season so far, thanks to the weather gods; rain postponed racing in California, snow did the job in the Northeast, and finally Arkansas also fell victim to their wrath. The Southwest Stakes, scheduled for Presidents’ Day, will now be run next Saturday; whether the […]

It’s On (Again)!

Charles Cella, puppetmaster

After a little sniping in the press (and a lot of sniping from fans online), the Rachel Alexandra–Zenyatta throwdown in the Apple Blossom is back on – but a week later than originally advertised. April 9th is now the big day, and while I would also prefer to see it on […]

He Is Not Dead Yet!

Have you seen this horse?

Yesterday morning, G1-winning millionaire Thorn Song was dead. By the afternoon, he was miraculously alive. As for today – who can say? Let’s have a look at the chronology (as far as we know at this point):

May 25, 2009 – Thorn Song wins the Shoemaker Mile for trainer […]

The Good, The Weird and the Very Ugly

Quality Road breaks his own record

With Santa Anita’s card rained out over the weekend, the 3-year-olds in New York received a bit more of the spotlight than they might have under normal circumstances – and normal circumstances were certainly not the order of the day there, either.

What should have been a reasonably […]

Quality Road, Court Vision and Some 3-Year-Olds…

Quality Road

While discussion continues apace over the possibility of a Zenyatta–Rachel Alexandra matchup at Oaklawn, some of their potential competitors in the older horse division are looking to burnish their credentials this weekend. Musket Man, who finished a reasonably creditable third behind Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, will return in the Super Stakes […]

That Would Be Nice

Rachel Alexandra, at work last weekend – will she go to Arkansas?

The rumored purse-bump for the Apple Blossom was announced today, and by all accounts, it seems to have come about the right way. Should Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta both appear at Oaklawn Park in the April 3rd race, there will be $5 […]