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It’s On

Well, we are officially on the Triple Crown Trail; the Fountain of Youth must qualify as the most exciting race so far this year. I’m still not entirely convinced by Scat Daddy despite his win (the 1 1/8 looked about as far as he wanted to run), but Stormello showed a lot of heart and […]

Road to the Roses Redux

The annual Road to the Roses contest has officially opened; here’s my (almost entirely predictable and possibly risible) stable:

Adore the Gold – I’m not sure whether I really like him or not, but he did look interesting in the Swale.Any Given Saturday – Another ‘why not throw him in’ entry.Belgravia – Again, operating on […]

Road to the Roses

Well, this year’s Derby and Oaks sites are officially up; I found not a little humor in this part of the press release:

The most exciting new feature of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Web sites is the implementation of exclusive weblogs (“blogs”) written by some of the leading handicappers in horse racing, covering […]

And So It Begins…Again

Steven Haskin has written his first list of Triple Crown contenders for 2007. On the whole, his list has the horses you would expect – Nobiz Like Shobiz, Circular Quay, Hard Spun and Street Sense are all legitimate names to bandy about at this point. He also mentions Belgravia as an up-and-comer — I always […]

Kenny Mayne called it

He only had to say it once…Jazil. It was nice to see a young jockey like Fernando Jara win a big race; he seems to have a great future ahead of him. The highlight of the broadcast for me was probably the shot of Barbaro watching television from his stall at New Bolton.

There were […]

Belmont Day

It’s a bit of an odd Belmont; while I like Steppenwolfer to win (and it would be nice to see Sunriver live up to his potential), it’s going to be a strange day. The Times realizes this and has some interesting reflections from the connections of previous Triple Crown winners. Naturally there will be much […]

And so it begins…

The annual Triple Crown media storm has kicked off (you know, the one we didn’t have last year since it was clear Afleet Alex was the best horse) and as per usual I’m obsessively reading every new story as it comes along. A sampling of the verbiage, ranging from the almost-cautious to downright giddy:

ESPN’s […]

Oh-ee-oh, Barbaro!

Woo hoo! That was such a great performance by Barbaro I don’t begrudge Bluegrass Cat getting up to ruin my trifecta (I had Barbaro – Brother Derek – Steppenwolfer and Barbaro – Lawyer Ron – Steppenwolfer).

Hopefully after the Triple Crown, he’ll have a rest and turn up in the Breeders’ Cup Turf — that […]

The Derby: On the Record

I have invested $11 this year in my wagering. I’ve picked a few longshots (well, they were longshots in the morning line but the odds seem to have shortened considerably) for fun, and some complicated exotics. My choices:

BarbaroI really like Barbaro to win. He looks great, his works have been fantastic and I’m not […]

Wanna buy a Derby horse?

After much speculation, an interest in Lawyer Ron has been sold to ‘Our Legal Team LLC’ (which apparently means he’s off to Stonewall when he retires — maybe he’ll get to live next door to Unforgettable Max — I’ve always liked him). While he’s meant to stay with trainer Bob Holthus and to keep John […]