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Welcome New York Times Readers

The New York Times seems to have caught Derby Fever in a big way. Not only did they have a feature article on Big Brown (more on that below), they’ve launched The Rail — a blog headed by Joe Drape with a variety of interesting contributors (and some nice TBA links on their blogroll – […]

On the Federico Tesio and South American Beer

While the Coolmore Lexington is the main event as far as the Derby trail goes, the Federico Tesio is also of interest (although perhaps more for those of us who look to see some of these horses turn up at Delaware Park or Philly Park later in the year). John Servis sends out Indian Jump […]

Retirements and Rehearsals

Rumored some weeks ago, it has now been confirmed that Showing Up (pictured) has been retired. It’s evident that Barclay Tagg, usually so sparing with words, will be sad to see him go:

“He’s perfectly sound,” Tagg said. “He had a couple of little problems with his hind suspensory, but he’s […]

Gossip And Another Top Ten

With most of the major preps out of the way, there’s just time for the Coolmore Lexington and gossip. Tomcito is the horse I’m watching (and I hope he finds Polytrack as much to his liking as the deep Peruvian tracks); I liked his third-place finish in the Florida Derby (especially after a long layoff) […]

Thanks, But No Thanks

While I appreciated Cowboy Cal adding some points to my Road to the Roses stable, I’m not convinced his placing behind Monba (with Pyro finishing up the track) in the Blue Grass means much in terms of the Derby picture. Pyro missed the break and seemed to have little (of course, the ‘he didn’t like […]

The Blue Grass, and a Cure for Derby Fever?

You can (apparently) tear up any future wagers you may have had on Denis of Cork; I can’t decide whether this letter from his owner, William K. Warren, is a little too melodramatic (I didn’t really need the financial details on hotel rooms, for example) or a nice opportunity to see someone take some responsibility […]

The Superfecta Derby Top Ten

The Wood Memorial was billed as the race in which the real War Pass would return, and I believe he did. Challenged for the lead by Inner Light (Court Vision’s rabbit), he ran fast early fractions but gamely hung on for second (in ever slower fractions) at what looked like an uncomfortable distance for him. […]

If the Derby Were This Weekend…

After a digesting a great weekend of racing with the Dubai World Cup and a fascinating Florida Derby, I have prepared for your reading pleasure the official ‘If The Derby Were Saturday’ list of who I’d like to see in the starting gate, along with their next (actual) start. You’ll notice there are not 20 […]

Big Brown’s Farrier Bills Worth The Effort

Although I was duly impressed by Bellamy Road‘s Wood Memorial victory back in 2005, I confess I never got on his bandwagon; I stayed with Afleet Alex, who had been my pick since before the 2004 Juvenile. (For the record, my Derby trifecta that year was Afleet Alex, Flower Alley and Bandini — while I […]

Big Brown: They Weren’t Kidding

Big Brown: OK, I’m convinced. Wow. I’m also thrilled that Tomcito got up for third. More on the Dubai World Cup (and the Florida Derby undercard) later…