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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 […]

Horses Americans Should Know VII: Sea the Stars

While the US racing world waits for news of where Rachel Alexandra will appear next after another effortless bullet work, European racing fans got a chance to see their all-conquering hero again today when Sea the Stars set a track record at York in the Juddmonte International. The 3-year-old colt had scared off most of […]

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 […]

Ouija Board’s New Career

Ouija Board is doing well after giving birth to a Kingmambo colt at Stanley House Stud; Ed Dunlop’s web site will be posting more details shortly. She is scheduled for a visit with Monsun (sire of champion Manduro and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Shirocco, among many others) in about three weeks — not a bad […]

More on the Rags to Riches ‘Blog’

Naturally, the launch of the Rags to Riches ‘blog’ has been the subject of much chatter around the TBA. Most of us had similar thoughts, which can be boiled down to 1) it’s not really a blog and 2) it’s not saying anything you can’t find elsewhere. I’ll give the NTRA points for providing the […]

Children of the Wind

I am officially very excited about the Belmont now that Rags to Riches is on board. Although I liked Silverbulletday a lot, I never thought the Belmont was a good spot for her; I have no similar reservations about Rags to Riches. Clearly her entry has made other trainers rethink entering their longshots and she […]

Every Day is Ladies’ Day With Me

Ouija Board is officially in foal to Kingmambo (and is apparently having a lovely time with her new friend Film Maker at Lane’s End Farm — thanks to Left at the Gate for the tip). She’s stay at Lane’s End for a while and then head back home to Newmarket where her foal will be […]

Turn Around, Bright Eyes

I’ve had ample time to consider my Eclipse Award would-be votes; now that we have finalists, here are my thoughts:

Steeplechase: McDynamo — I’m not sure why they bothered putting anyone else as a finalist, we know he’s the one.

Older Male: Looks like Invasor. If only we had more older males to consider…

Breeder: […]


Although Ouija Board was scratched from the Hong Kong Vase, there was a great story on the day in her absence. Collier Hill’s victory in the race no doubt seemed unlikely back in his steeplechase days. (Yes, he’s a former steeplechaser. Did we mention he’s eight years old and has raced with distinction in France, […]

Painted Emblems of a Race

This weekend, Ouija Board will make her final start in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. Her remarkable career is summed up well in ‘Farewell to a Magical Lady‘ — truly a fitting tribute. It seems odd to consider that she was an unspectacular (if promising) two-year-old and that her victory in the Vodafone […]