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Thanksgiving Racing

It’s a great holiday/racing weekend coming up — Laurel’s Festival of Racing includes the De Francis Dash which features Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Thor’s Echo and the Laurel Futurity, a nice little two-year-old race won in the past by horses named Count Fleet, Citation, Riva Ridge, Secretariat, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid and most recently by Barbaro. […]

All Hail Ouija Board

While US voters may not be planning to make Ouija Board Horse of the Year, she could become both Horse of the Year and Top Older Horse at the Cartier Awards. As she’s just arrived in Japan for the Japan Cup on the 26th, I say more power to her — her ability to beat […]

Comings and Goings

The Breeders’ Cup may be over (and, sadly, a chapter closed when Pine Island was buried at Claiborne) but auction and retirement season is in full swing. Just about 48 hours after competing in the Distaff, Sharp Lisa went through the ring, bringing a price of $3.4 million. Apparently she’s set for a visit with […]

Breeders’ Cup Wrap-Up

Well, another Breeders’ Cup is over, but at least I’m only down $40. Here are my thoughts on each race:

Juvenile FilliesDreaming of Anna lived up to her pre-race hype; I’d be most interested to see her mature into a turf miler, though, rather than heading toward the Oaks next year.

JuvenileWell, it was […]

Breeders’ Cup Picks

The European perspective seems a bit glum in some quarters; in others, they are simply surprised that George Washington is not being seen as a conquering hero by the Americans.

Here in the States, there is comparatively little Bernardini-centered coverage compared with a number of European articles focusing on star horses; one of the few […]

The Internationale

We have an international round-up today…Dylan Thomas is out of all Breeders’ Cup contention (surprise!) and Ouija Board is training right up to the big day, which means she’s raced in England for the last time. Apparently it’s been wetter than she likes, and Dylan Thomas’ performance certainly does suggest he’d like a bit of […]

Ouija Board Triumphs; Some Smarty News

Ouija Board did a fantastic job in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Ascot today — she didn’t just beat the boys, she beat Electrocutionist, winner of the Dubai World Cup (as well as favorite David Junior). Soviet Song also put in a good effort to win the Windsor Forest Stakes — there’s a nice […]


Everything continues well on the Barbaro front; his typical day is documented here and he is ‘eating like a king.’ There’s a very well-thought-out piece from the always-spot-on Randy Moss on and another profile of Dr. Richardson. They particularly highlight his candor in his dealings with the press; given the severity of Barbaro’s injury […]