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Dubai World Cup Day: Initial Thoughts

The post positions are set for Dubai World Cup day. Here’s our quick race-by-race rundown (including links to the handy interactive racecards from Emirates Racing).

Godolphin MileGayego seems to be thriving since his purchase by Godolphin and his subsequent move to the UAE; he won over the same track earlier this month. Godolphin also has […]

Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races should be an interesting mix of star power and unknown quantities. Anything could happen in the Marathon, the two-year-old races might produce any number of unusual results and the surface will be new to defending champion Curlin and foreign entrants alike, so the Classic is no foregone conclusion. In fact, it […]

Breeders Cup Pre-Entries: Some Oddities

Breeders’ Cup pre-entries (full list here – PDF warning) are in, and it’s a record crop of Europeans – 35 this year. I’m interested to see King of Rome down for the Dirt Marathon (along with Casino Drive, although the Classic is still his first choice) rather than the Turf; given what looks like a […]

Breeders’ Cup Musings

With Big Brown’s retirement, the Breeders’ Cup Classic seems wide open (or at least it will until we know who is pre-entered on Thursday). Curlin is still the desired headliner, of course, and while his workout yesterday seemed to please both trainer Steven Asmussen and owner Jess Jackson, his appearance in the race is still […]

Classic Considerations

We are at that peculiar point a few weeks out from the Breeders’ Cup where things get a bit odd, particularly with regard to the field for the Classic. Duke of Marmalade and Soldier of Fortune, both fresh from being crushed by Zarkava in the Arc, are still under consideration for the Ballydoyle folk, as […]

Back in Business

Superfecta is back from the shore and back to (almost) normal business, although this will still be something of an odd week. Curlin had his final work for his turf debut earlier; the Man O’ War is still the preferred option, and it seems that the details of his New York license will be worked […]

Casino Drive to Big Brown: Oh Snap!

Casino Drive is headed back to Japan for the time being, but if all goes well he will be aiming squarely at the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Clearly, racing manager Nobutaka Tada has figured out how we roll around these parts:

When asked if he feels like he’s been Americanized, Tada said, “Next time I come […]

The Belmont Undercard and Beyond

It’s not quite a Breeders’ Cup card, but there is a lot to like on the Belmont undercard. There are some interesting betting races but I am most looking forward to seeing some of my favorite horses in action.

True North HandicapRick Dutrow’s other favorite on the card, Benny the Bull, is back from Dubai. […]

Casino Drive Out?

It’s possible that Casino Drive may be absent from the starting gate tomorrow:

“Right now our decision is to run … We didn’t like his way of moving,” said Nobutaka Tada, the racing manager for owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto. “So we just didn’t go to the track this morning. He’s just walking in the shed. Tomorrow […]

Make A New Cult Every Day To Suit Your Affairs

With all the hoopla over Big Brown’s crack at the Belmont this weekend, you may have overlooked the fact that there’s another major mile-and-a-half race for 3-year-olds being run this Saturday — the Epsom Derby. The Guardian asked whether the race is still the premier racing event in Europe and enlisted Bill Oppenheim, one of […]