Breeders’ Cup, All In One Place

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 →

building Catholic Boy’s foundation

When I think of Catholic Boy, I think of the unheralded hard work that goes into building a great horse's foundation.  I think of running in circles, measured circles, incessant circles. In the week and a half leading up to the Breeders' Cup last year, I spent the mornings trackside, radio clipped to my side,... Continue Reading →

final NTRA poll thoughts

I voted in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll for the first time this year.  Some weeks were more difficult than others, but this week's was the most brain-busting of all. I had assumed all year that it would be the easiest.  After all, Breeders' Cup is the big ending, and it's the last poll of... Continue Reading →

two bucks on Keen Ice

On the way out from Hawthorne today, after the Breeders' Cup Classic, I saw a ticket tossed onto a stair. Whoever played that ticket had a kind of faith I only wish I could have found. The thought to put $2 on Keen Ice's nose flashed through my head about five minutes before post.  After... Continue Reading →

Curlin babies at the Breeders’ Cup!

The Breeders' Cup gets underway tomorrow.  Just like every year since 2013, when Palace Malice ran in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Curlin is represented.  In this year's Breeders' Cup, scheduled for November 4-5 at Santa Anita, five Curlin babies are slated to run. Curlin is still looking for his first Breeders' Cup winner.  He came... Continue Reading →

2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf Preview

Over at ShapperDaCapper, I covered the Breeders' Cup Turf.  Earlier this week, I wrote about a few of the patterns. Today, my selections and analysis for the Breeders' Cup Turf are published.  I have a strong opinion on top who won't likely be the betting favourite, a short-priced horse to oppose, and a couple of... Continue Reading →

ThoroFan: Marathon Stakes Preview

Over at the ThoroFan Handicapper's Corner, I take a look at one of my favourite races of the weekend: tomorrow's Marathon Stakes (GII)! Though the Marathon has not been a Breeders' Cup race since 2013, they have kept it as a fixture of the Friday card.  This year, it drew well: a better quality field... Continue Reading →

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