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Nothing Definitive

Last weekend’s racing may have produced more questions that answers; Albertus Maximus (pictured) was a worthy winner of the Donn (although Einstein overcame a terrible post position and a rough trip to hang on for third on his less-than-favorite surface, so at least he picked up a check) and is off to Dubai for the […]

How They Rank

The World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings were recently released; Curlin is the highest-rated US-based horse, coming in tied for second with Authorized, Dylan Thomas and Invasor (despite his retirement early in the season). Street Sense, English Channel, Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron also make the top ten. Rags to Riches comes in at 13th overall, […]

Happy New Year

2008 is here at last, and while it remains a slow news week, let’s finally get to our 2007 recap. First, we’ll revisit the biggest news stories in racing in something approaching chronological order:

Barbaro’s death: for those of us working at Penn Vet at the time, it was probably less of a shock […]

Charming ‘Men’

It’s the old warhorses headlining things this weekend (now that the injured Invasor will not be part of the Suburban picture); both Lava Man and The Tin Man are aiming for threepeats in their respective races. Lava Man is hoping to match Native Diver’s streak of Hollywood Gold Cup victories, and The Tin Man’s run […]

What Invasor’s Retirement Means

It’s really a shame we won’t see more of Invasor on the track; it’s too bad to see him go out with an injury but at least he’s not in any danger. There were a few more details in some of the international press reports:

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin conveyed news of the […]

Bad News, Good News

While there has been more unfortunate news this week (Cormorant and Sinister G have both died), there is also the heartening news that Xtra Heat and her latest foal are both doing well. The foal in question is a filly by Unbridled’s Song, and Xtra Heat will next be bred to Songandaprayer. She’s had plenty […]


Discreet Cat has an official excuse — he’s apparently got a nasty throat abscess. Be that as it may (and I hope he recovers soon), I’m not convinced he wants to go much more than a mile. Indeed, that seemed to be Saeed bin Suror’s thought as well (at least prior to his medical exam):


Invasor – He Is The Best!

How good is Invasor? (And how cool is Fernando Jara?) I was actually more impressed by his gutsy effort in the Donn than his Breeders’ Cup victory, and his stretch duel with the fantastic Premium Tap today was tremendous. Discreet Cat even looked a bit green (with his limited number of lifetime starts, perhaps that’s […]

Dubai World Cup Weekend

There’s plenty of British and Irish coverage of the Dubai World Cup (and I can fully appreciate that English sportswriters are looking for something to cover besides England’s wildly lackluster win over Andorra (Andorra!) in Euro 2008 qualifying following so rapidly on the heels of their draw with Israel) — it would be nice if […]

Hospital Fun with NYRA

The best NY coverage is at Left at the Gate, but I felt I should weigh in on the hospital issue that cancelled racing at Aqueduct the other day. The jockeys want to be taken to North Shore University Hospital, rather than Jamaica Hospital whenever possible, while NYRA wants to send them to Jamaica.

Some […]