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Belmont Post Positions

I don’t believe that post position is usually much of a factor in the Belmont; while in theory Big Brown could get boxed in behind traffic from the 1, he should have enough natural ability to overcome such adversity.

However, the strategy in the Belmont often seems to be to get the favorite to run […]

Tomcito Out

Tomcito is apparently out of the Belmont with a ‘reaction‘ — no specifics were given on what might be going on there, but it would seem that the ranks are thinning for the race. Given the number of unpleasant things that have come out about Big Brown’s connections, it’s easy to slip into conspiracy theory […]

Belmont in Decent Merchandise Shocker

Yes, it’s finally happened — a major racing event has managed to offer a variety of commemorative merchandise that does not suck. This year’s offerings for the Belmont are really rather good — women’s t-shirts that actually fit (and only a minority of the designs look as though they are aimed at 13-year-old girls with […]

Time, Like An Ever-Rolling Stream

Today’s first point of order is a welcome to new readers from TheRail – thank you for stopping by, it’s lovely to have you visit. And so on to business. As in politics, a week is a long time in horse racing. Only two short months ago, The Blood-Horse ran this headline:

Unknowns Big […]

Big Drama

While much of the news over the long weekend focused on Big Brown’s latest quarter crack (Fran’s HoofBlog will be getting more details direct from his farrier later in the week, so keep checking for updates), the rumors over who will ride Casino Drive continue to swirl. Garrett Gomez is now definitely out of that […]

Jockey Changes and Lawsuits

While it may seem as though it’s all Big Brown, all the time (and hey, you may as well get it while you can), there are, in fact, some older horses in training. Brass Hat (pictured) takes aim at the Louisville Handicap this weekend. He’ll be the high weight in the mile and a half […]

More Work To Do

Even if he is victorious at Belmont in a little less than three weeks, Big Brown still has a way to go to prove he belongs in the pantheon with Secretariat et al. — and facing Curlin would go a long way toward addressing that (yes, sometimes I agree with Andrew Beyer — it happens!). […]

Couldn’t They At Least Pretend?

From the ‘you knew people sucked, but needed it reconfirmed’ category, we have this news regarding Big Brown’s stud deal:

Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and 1-2 morning line favorite for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17, will not run […]

Genetics, Stud Fees and Luck

The major news outlets seem to be filling space while waiting for tonight’s Preakness draw (and that’s no bad thing, given that it highlights the sport beyond the Triple Crown to some extent). The New York Times profiles Nicanor (pictured), the full brother to Barbaro, who has recently arrived (video here) at Fair Hill to […]

Famous International Playboys

After a lackluster performance in the Peter Pan, I’m not sure what to make of Tomcito at this point; I hope he’s not following in the Declan’s Moon path of 2-year-old domination, then regular bullet works, but no wins come the afternoon (although at least Declan’s Moon had a long injury layoff for an excuse). […]