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Both Sides Now

I get it, I really do – after the debacle with Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup, I can see why Jess Jackson doesn’t want to bring Rachel Alexandra to the Breeders’ Cup this year. But two facts don’t quite fit in with his firm anti-‘plastic surfaces’ viewpoint. The first is that Curlin always seemed to […]

Casting a Long Shadow

The Preakness field is still very much a work in progress, but in addition to Mine That Bird, Musket Man, Papa Clem, Pioneerof the Nile and General Quarters, Friesan Fire is now likely for the race. New shooters Terrain, Big Drama, Take the Points and Hull are planning to meet at Pimlico, and while there’s […]

Weekend Preview I: The Wood Memorial

All eyes will be on I Want Revenge on Saturday in the Wood Memorial; it goes without saying that the colt looks very tough to beat. Hopefully the focus will remain on him for all the right reasons, but he’s been saddled (as it were) with some baggage – a trainer with a taste for […]


The Lane’s End is this weekend, but before we move on to that, I must first continue to glory in last night’s Major League Soccer season opener, in which the brand-new Seattle Sounders spanked the boys of Red Bull – it was a beautiful thing. It does make me wish we’d scheduled our trip for […]

Champions League

As Curlin prepares to take on Cigar’s all-time earnings mark on Saturday in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, we heard once again from majority owner Jess Jackson (who seems to share my enthusiasm for the current crop of European stars). Yes, there was more will-he-won’t-he about Curlin running in the Breeders’ Cup (and of course […]

The Belmont Undercard and Beyond

It’s not quite a Breeders’ Cup card, but there is a lot to like on the Belmont undercard. There are some interesting betting races but I am most looking forward to seeing some of my favorite horses in action.

True North HandicapRick Dutrow’s other favorite on the card, Benny the Bull, is back from Dubai. […]

Curlin Cruises

Curlin wins easily in his Dubai World Cup prep (or, as the Press Association put it rather more floridly, ‘oozed class on his debut in Dubai as he won the Jaguar Trophy at Nad Al Sheba in a canter’).

If he were to remain in training another year, he could look […]

Thanksgiving 2007

Even The Green Monkey is grateful for something this Thanksgiving despite his fourth-place finish yesterday — at least he’s not the England team:

Happy Thanksgiving!


USA vs. Brazil

As you are no doubt aware, we are nearing the finals of the Women’s World Cup; Germany secured their place at the big dance by defeating Norway today. The US faces off against a talented Brazil side tomorrow and for some peculiar reason coach Greg Ryan has decided that now is the time to switch […]

Chelsea 1, Galaxy 0

Well, David Beckham is officially here. He limped around on the field briefly (maybe a shot of cobra venom would help a bit) but in general the Galaxy played their usual game that’s gotten them second-from-bottom in the standings. As a former San Jose Earthquakes fan, I was pleased to see Joe Cannon make some […]