another for the Keen Ice highlight reel

Keen Ice (Medomak, by Awesome Again) hasn't been the most consistent horse in his four seasons on the racetrack, but the son of Curlin has built a track record of blowing my mind once a year. In 2014, when he was two, that came in the form of an impossible-looking maiden victory.  The next year,... 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 →

Keen Ice, moving barns

The big news with Curlin babies today involves one who hasn't run in a week and a half: Keen Ice has been transferred to the barn of Todd Pletcher.  Plans have not been solidified, but quotes from today suggest that Saratoga and (eventually) the Breeders' Cup Classic are on the radar. Crawford stated that this... Continue Reading →

Curlin babies and Eclipse finalists

Eclipse finalists were announced today.  I thought there would be a chance to see three Curlin babies among them. Only one got the call. Sure, Keen Ice (Medomak, by Awesome Again) was never going to actually win Champion Three Year Old Male.  American Pharoah locked that up as soon as he crossed the wire in... Continue Reading →

go Keen Ice!

Earlier this month, Romans Racing did a Keen Ice selfie contest.  The rules were pretty simple: print out one of the #GoKeenIce signs, post selfies with the sign, and share them on social media with the hashtag. This was, of course, right up my alley.  Keen Ice is not only a Curlin baby, but became... Continue Reading →

Palace Malice’s next chapter

Despite being far more passionate about words than pictures, sometimes I need a picture to tell the story. I saw the announcement on Thursday about Palace Malice retiring, and even said a few words about it.  It did not feel as sudden as his retirement last year, a retirement that had never completely felt real... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: Travers Day!

The biggest day of the Saratoga meet is almost upon us: Travers Day. Over at Picks and Ponderings, we dive into all the stakes on the card: six Grade I events and a Grade II.  I handicap the Travers Stakes (GI), the Forego Stakes (GI), the Personal Ensign (GI), and the Ballston Spa (GII).  Paul... Continue Reading →

Kentucky Derby Day!

Two weeks ago, I went to the Kentucky Derby with Candice. It was my first trip to the Derby (though not my first to Churchill Downs), and my first to any Triple Crown race.  It was a bit different than I expected, mainly because I am so used to being a railbird, and yet general... Continue Reading →

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