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On Zenyatta’s Farewell: Remember the Mares

Despite the delays and the freezing weather, Zenyatta garnered a large crowd to say goodbye; it speaks volumes about her appeal to know that people came to stand in the cold and dark – not to see her race, just to see her, briefly – before she goes to the farm to begin her new […]

Looking Forward by Looking Back: Breeders’ Cup Marathon

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At first glance, the Breeders’ Cup Marathon might seem as though it was designed to attract the European horses bred for longer distances; but while the Marathon is relatively new to the American racing scene, having only been added to the schedule last year, its new 1 3/4 distance […]

On the Distaff Side, Across the Pond

Yesterday brought the sad news the Urban Sea, winner of the 1993 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (pictured) and a highly influential broodmare, died from foaling complications at the Irish National Stud. Although she raced around the world, the Kentucky-bred mare was most successful in her adopted homeland of France, becoming the first filly to […]

In Defense of the Dirt Marathon

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There are certainly some reasons to criticize the Dirt Marathon. You can argue that it is a misnomer; it isn’t even really on dirt, and much of the rest of the racing world finds its mile and a half distance rather less than daunting. You might point […]

A Filly for The Diva

Makybe Diva’s second foal has arrived — it’s a filly this time. The Fusaichi Pegasus filly was born at Segenhoe Stud in Australia’s Hunter Valley and it seems that mother and baby are both doing very well. Plans to head to Coolmore for a visit with her first-choice stallion from last year, Encosta De Lago, […]

Here’s to the Ladies Who Munch (Grass)*

Although not directly related to the Arlington Million, a highlight of the broadcast from my perspective was last week’s Claiborne Farm Foal Patrol segment. Featured was über-broodmare Hasili (pictured here in a print by Susan Crawford), who was relocated from England to the US last year, with her most recent Empire Maker foal (she also […]

Horses Americans Should Know I: Makybe Diva

We are taking a slight break from the Triple Crown trail today (although I’ll be talking about Saturday’s Peter Pan and its Belmont implications tomorrow) to deliver the first installment in what will be an occasional series – Funny Foreign Horses Americans Should Know More About. First up: Makybe Diva.

Although bred […]

More Honors for Miss Andretti

It’s Horse of the Year time in Australia (after a two-month delay due to equine influenza); not surprisingly, the phenomenal sprinter Miss Andretti gets the title this year. She’s the latest in a line of mares dominating the Aussie turf scene, following Sunline and the great Makybe Diva. Her frequent rival Takeover Target took the […]


Apologies for the lack of updates, it’s been a busy few days. Without further ado, a quick rundown:

Rags to Riches: I hope we do see her next year; I doubt we will. One has to wonder whether she is truly delicate (as her half-brother, Jazil, seemed to be) or if she is simply under […]

Backup Boyfriend?

Racing will resume in Sydney this week at Warwick Farm racecourse, but without any spectators — they will have to watch (and bet) elsewhere to ensure that the biosecurity rules remain in place. There are still strict guidelines for the movement of horses around the country, however, so only horses already stabled at the track […]