Welcome back to the Twelve Days of Curlin Babies, where we celebrate the twelve most memorable races from Curlin’s progeny throughout 2018. Through all the hundreds of races in which they ran this year, these are the ones to which my mind keeps wandering back. #12: Timeless Curls Marks Herself a Rising Star#11: Secret Passage Comes... Continue Reading →
Welcome back to the Twelve Days of Curlin Babies, where we celebrate the twelve most memorable races from Curlin’s progeny throughout 2018. Through all the hundreds of races in which they ran this year, these are the ones to which my mind keeps wandering back. #12: Timeless Curls Marks Herself a Rising Star #11: Secret Passage Comes Into His Own In the fall of 2015, I got... Continue Reading →
At Picks and Ponderings, I look at Saturday's competitive eleven-horse field in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes -- new, improved, and extended to seven furlongs as of this year.
The end of December has come around, and unless you have been living under a rock these last five (!) years, you know what that means: it's time for the Twelve Days of Curlin Babies! As always, the Twelve Days of Curlin Babies features memorable races by Curlin's progeny at every level of the game.... Continue Reading →
by Melissa Bauer-Herzog The closing day of the 2018 Remington Park meet proved to be a banner day for trainer Steve Asmussen. Not only did the trainer tie his record of most wins in a single day with five, he also broke his own record of most wins in a season with 105 – including... Continue Reading →
For a preview of the field of the Remington Springboard Mile, make sure to read Melissa Bauer-Herzog's article. In separate articles, she also spotlights Brad Cox's runners on Springboard Mile Day, and points out some pedigree and auction facts about some of the contenders. Trainer Steve Asmussen sends out five of the eleven horses in... Continue Reading →
by Melissa Bauer-Herzog Remington Park, home of the Springboard Mile. (Photo: Melissa Bauer-Herzog) A four-time winner of the $400,000 Springboard Mile, Steve Asmussen hasn’t seen the winner’s circle for the race since 2014 when Bayerd beat Shotgun Kowboy by a head, but Remington’s leading trainer looks to break that streak on Sunday. The trainer has... Continue Reading →
Over at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look at a top-class rendition of the Fort Lauderdale Stakes, and offer my opinions on a full day of graded stakes action.
Over at Brisnet, I make my first visit to the Horseplayer Confession booth, and think about a stern reminder not to play horses who don't win races.
Two-year-old Illinois-bred fillies took centre stage at Hawthorne today, and Irish Marvel stood alone. In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, looks back at the race!
A field of six Illinois-bred juvenile fillies has entered to contest the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante: in my latest at Picks and Ponderings, see who I think has the best shot to be the belle of the ball!
It's the first big weekend of American racing after the Breeders' Cup, and today I take a look at Aqueduct's Cigar Mile Day action!
a duty that would douse the fire to race that gently glows inside a lesser horse instead it only served to stoke the blaze and power him with ever stronger force when asked to clash with titans, his heart stirred he found the will to stare them in the eye each time, and come back... Continue Reading →
Here's where you can find links to all my Breeders' Cup work! My race previews, in detail, are over at Picks and Ponderings. There are separate pieces for Friday and Saturday; between them, I discuss every race. I also discuss my thoughts on several of the races, and several of the more general themes of... Continue Reading →
In Episode 4 of Book Six, we head to Indiana to look at a filly from Elusive Bluff's first crop since moving to the Crossroads of America. Though the sale is a mixed sale, we continue with the fall theme of yearlings. This episode focuses on Hip 6: a filly named Explosive Justice, by Elusive... Continue Reading →