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Early Retirement

While the build-up to the Breeders’ Cup should be focused on the major contenders, there is instead much focus on the end-of-season retirements and sales of those horses. Fleet Indian will be on the block as a broodmare prospect after her appearance in the Distaff and it seems clear that Bernardini and Discreet Cat will […]

Just Say No II

As has been widely reported, Deep Impact is likely to be disqualified from his third-place Arc finish due to a positive drug test. As in the case of Brass Hat and the Dubai World Cup, the problem is the usual one with international racing and drugs — no one agrees what is (or should be) […]

De Colores

Well, we finally know who bought the very colorful Trust N Luck filly; I had thought one of the color-breeding farms might go for her (although the genetics behind her particular pattern are apparently unusual even for white thoroughbreds), but she was bought by Naveed Chowhan, who also owns Red Cherries Spin, one of this […]

Pre-Belmont hiatus

Rather than heading to the Belmont as I was planning to do prior to the Preakness, your friendly neighborhood blogger will instead be heading to the beach to decompress from unpacking countless moving boxes and to prepare to head to a conference the day after the race (even if it is an unlikely spot for […]

And so it begins…

The annual Triple Crown media storm has kicked off (you know, the one we didn’t have last year since it was clear Afleet Alex was the best horse) and as per usual I’m obsessively reading every new story as it comes along. A sampling of the verbiage, ranging from the almost-cautious to downright giddy:

ESPN’s […]