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Zenyatta, Personal Ensign and Peculiar Preps

The only predictable result all weekend

Given the frankly puzzling results of the previous weekend’s Derby preps, it is much more pleasant to focus on Zenyatta’s latest victory in the Apple Blossom. Once again, the great mare turned in an effortless performance; the fact that it was her first effort on dirt since she […]

Ouch!

Mmm, cake and beer

A long post was planned to preview this weekend, but your intrepid author has a smashed and largely useless left hand, so typing is not on the agenda for the next few days. Instead, here are a few quick lines:

Blue Grass – C’mon, Odysseus! Check out Hello Race Fans […]

Bandwagoneering

All aboard? (photo by Barbara D. Livingston)

While Eskendereya’s bandwagon continued to gather passengers with his Wood Memorial victory, Lookin At Lucky hit something of a bump in the road in the Santa Anita Derby – but what both races ‘mean’ is still very much up in the air.

First, we’ll examine the Santa […]

The Peer of Zeus?

Was Polyphemus in pursuit?

The Tampa Bay Derby was, perhaps, last Saturday’s most dramatic race, and one can look at Odysseus’ win two ways – as a horse who gets himself into trouble (but still manages to win), or as a horse who fights to win despite the odds. The latter is a more […]

An Apéritif

Is another Bickersons triumph in the making?

We’ll save Friday for Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, so let’s take a look at this weekend’s 3-year-old races today. The Tampa Bay Derby may be one of the most exciting Derby preps so far this season – it features the highly-hyped Super Saver, Uptowncharlybrown and wise-guy horse […]