a tale of two eleven-year-olds

This evening, chatter on horse racing Twitter has been dominated by news of two eleven-year-olds. Ben's Cat has been retired.  Awesome Actor was entered to race this Thursday. (Update, June 28, 2017: Erich Zimny from Charles Town has announced that Awesome Actor will not be allowed to run.  I am keeping the rest of this... Continue Reading →

battle of the Curlin babies at Laurel

Yesterday's Marylander Stakes featured a battle of two of Curlin's most promising two-year-old sons. Irish War Cry (Irish Sovereign, by Polish Numbers) had already proven himself once over the Laurel dirt.  He debuted in a maiden special weight, drawn far outside in a six-furlong maiden special weight sprint on November 11.  He rallied from well... Continue Reading →

another excellent week for Curlin babies!

Connect (Bullville Belle, by Holy Bull) carried the banner for Curlin Babies Saturday, winning a loaded edition of the Pennsylvania Derby (GII).  Already a stakes winner after winning the Curlin at Saratoga, he rebounded from a sixth-place finish in the Travers Stakes (GI).  He tracked inside and midpack through much of the race, was finally... Continue Reading →

Undulated proves himself on the track

High-flying racehorse auction buys can be some risky investments.  After all, the old adage is "breed the best to the best, and hope for the best".  Notice, they don't say plan.  You can't plan that the best of each genetic line will be expressed in the foal.  You can't plan whether the horse stays sound... Continue Reading →

a great day for sophomore fillies by Curlin!

Breeders' Cup Friday proved a good day for three three-year-old fillies by Curlin. Two daughters of Curlin lined up in the same Breeders' Cup race today.  Both Curalina (Whatdreamsrmadeof, by Graeme Hall) and Stellar Wind (Evening Star, by Malibu Moon) contested the Distaff.  A little over five hundred miles east, Curlish Figure (Fi, by Langfuhr)... Continue Reading →

Curlin babies, coast to coast

Not since the heady early days of Saratoga has there been such a good day for Curlin babies.  From Churchill to Parx to Laurel to Santa Anita, the sons and daughters of Curlin were running big and getting their pictures taken. Curlins Pride (Lauren's Tizzy, by Tiznow) got the day started out the right way. ... Continue Reading →

Curlin’s monster weekend

Sires rarely have better weekends than Curlin just had. Curlin had nine runners hit the board, six of whom won their races.  He had a pair of graded stakes winners: his first fourth-crop stakes winners, as well as his second multiple Grade I winner.  From the claiming ranks to the highest level, and everywhere in... Continue Reading →

Sound Studio figures it out

Heading to post for the Keeneland 7th on October 5th, dreams of lilies danced in everyone's heads.  Nine two-year-old fillies entered the starting gate, facing a mile and a sixteenth test over the dirt.  Anyone who did well in that race could start to think about stakes glory.  Hopefaithjoy won by daylight, and returned to... Continue Reading →

Big ‘Cap Weekend recap: part 1!

I fared a bit better in the races away from Hawthorne this weekend than I did at Hawthorne.  It would be weird, but I'm starting to do enough handicapping contests that I'm becoming familiar with a lot of the horses being entered in stakes races around the country.  I'm enjoying that feeling of inching my... Continue Reading →

what a Saturday!

There are a ton of big stakes this week, and of course, there are a ton of handicapping contests going on this weekend to go with them.  This weekend I'm again doing both the Danonymous Racing contest as well as the Public Handicapper contest.  It's eight races in total, since all four Public Handicapper races... Continue Reading →

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