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 →

a battle of champions

The ones who billed it as a battle between champions were technically correct.  To many, those words were just bluster, a weak attempt to inject drama where there was none. Both Beholder and Stellar Wind were Eclipse Award winners, sure.  But Beholder had three such honours under her girth, and was a strong choice every... Continue Reading →

good days, bad days, and the San Diego

I have never had such a hard time watching a race as I did Sunday's showdown in the San Diego Handicap (GII) between Dortmund and California Chrome. It had nothing to do with what happened during the race itself.  Though Dortmund could not get the best of California Chrome (this time around!), he tried his... Continue Reading →

Annie’s Curls, wire to wire!

I hoped I would see Annie's Curls (Keiko, by First Samurai) race at Arlington this summer.  The juvenile daughter of Curlin was on the worktab there, after all.  However, this summer's Arlington meet did not end up being the best for followers of Curlin's progeny.  Annie's Curls never entered...and though two other Curlin babies entered... Continue Reading →

dispatches from Team Princess

I am team Princess of Sylmar. Two years ago, I was just starting to gravitate closer to horse racing.  Through no real deliberation of my own, I landed on The Princess as my three-year-old filly of 2013.  Maybe her long odds in the Kentucky Oaks explained it.  Maybe her being Palace Malice's stablemate explained it. ... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: Pacific Classic Day

This Saturday, there are three Breeders' Cup Win and You're In races on the Del Mar card.  The Pacific Classic (GI) attracts the handicap division (and one popular distaffer!), the turf routers convene for the Del Mar Handicap (GII), and the middle-distance types take their shot in the Pat O'Brien (GII). Head on over to... 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 →

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