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Meanwhile, Further West…

‘Undefeated’ has been the hot tag for Derby contenders the last few years (even if they rarely carry that honor away from Churchill Downs); last week saw Big Brown (few starts because of his fragile feet) head to the top of the hype class, and this week we (finally) see Denis of Cork again in […]

If the Derby Were This Weekend…

After a digesting a great weekend of racing with the Dubai World Cup and a fascinating Florida Derby, I have prepared for your reading pleasure the official ‘If The Derby Were Saturday’ list of who I’d like to see in the starting gate, along with their next (actual) start. You’ll notice there are not 20 […]

Returns, Defections and Journeys

While I was very excited to see Rags to Riches (right, in a great photo by Fran) back on the worktab (and in a bullet, no less), I noted that Lava Man had re-appeared as well. I suspect that his best days are behind him, but if he’s really up for another shot at the […]

Derby Trail Notes

Pyro became the talk of the Derby trail with his win in the Louisiana Derby last weekend (not to mention his retirement plans); while his final sweep was impressive to watch, his Beyer was still comparatively low. Alan has some interesting perspective on that angle, however, and I’m agreeing with his assessment at this point. […]

Insert Divine Comedy/Duke Special Reference Here

Turf War, with Calvin Borel aboard, did nothing in the Southwest (which is finally a G3), while the much-hyped Denis of Cork (left, previously ridden by Mr. Borel) romped to victory. In only his third career start, the horse whose name sounds a bit like an Irish theme pub managed to face a bit of […]

A Zed & Two Noughts

There’s plenty of action on the Derby trail this weekend; Z Humor (right) is the big name in the Sam F. Davis and the Southwest is almost a weekend race (for those who actually have the day off) featuring the much-hyped Denis of Cork. Cowboy Cal is sticking to turf for the time being in […]