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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 […]


While the Travers and the Pacific Classic mean that the weekend (and the country) will be bookended with G1 races, let’s not overlook Wait a While’s second win in the Ballston Spa yesterday. The victory, her 11th win in 22 starts, makes her look positively old-school compared to the boys now running on dirt.

The […]

A Filly for The Diva

Makybe Diva’s second foal has arrived — it’s a filly this time. The Fusaichi Pegasus filly was born at Segenhoe Stud in Australia’s Hunter Valley and it seems that mother and baby are both doing very well. Plans to head to Coolmore for a visit with her first-choice stallion from last year, Encosta De Lago, […]

Beyond Big Brown (and the Olympics)

As Val so correctly notes, the Curlin–Big Brown war of words may continue on, but it should not overshadow the other remarkable horses in training right now; it’s really a stellar group of fillies and mares currently on show.

The Alabama gives them a chance to show off […]

This is Getting Good…

The Curlin/Big Brown war of words continues — this shot from Jess Jackson:

“Big Brown’s camp’s recent remarks about Curlin inspired me to offer an incentive to get these two great horses to race at the legendary track at the Spa,” said Jackson. “Both horses are eligible for this race and both have plenty […]


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, […]

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 […]