another great weekend for Curlin babies!

Off the track, Curlin had a great weekend, with Stellar Wind being named his first Champion.  However, Curlin had a solid weekend on the track, too.  With three winners and four other in-the-money finishers between Saturday and Monday, both the present and the future look bright for his progeny. Stageplay (Stage Stop, by Valid Expectations)... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: Rebel Stakes Day

After the frenetic cross-country road trip at Picks and Ponderings last week, Paul and I stay in one place for this weekend's stakes preview.  It is Rebel Stakes day at Oaklawn Park, and there are three graded stakes races on the docket.  We preview all three. I take a look at the Rebel Stakes (GII),... Continue Reading →

2015 Essex Handicap Preview

Not often does a race fall into the wheelhouse of Blinkers Off for multiple reasons.  There are a lot of races with Curlin babies in them.  There are a lot of races with Illinois-bred horses in them.  That does not often overlap, particularly at the stakes level...but in Saturday's Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park, it... Continue Reading →

Ride On Curlin: he’s back!

It had been since the Belmont Stakes (GI) in June that Ride On Curlin (Magical Ride, by Storm Cat) raced. It had been since opening weekend at Oaklawn last year that Ride On Curlin last won. He was a consistent runner at two and three, finishing off the board only three times in twelve starts... Continue Reading →

welcome back, Ride On Curlin!

Ride On Curlin had a long campaign, running steadily from the summer of his two-year-old year through the Belmont Stakes (GI) last June with just one two and a half month lay.  He got a well-deserved break after being eased in the Belmont.  Though he was originally going to race again in 2014, he popped... Continue Reading →

Curlin babies highlight reel

It has been a very long time since my last update on the Curlin Babies...or, at least, my last update that has come in more than 140 characters.  I have let this project pile up behind both non-racing life as well as other more immediate racing-related things like handicapping writing and recapping for specific races. ... Continue Reading →

this week in Curlin babies: 7.3.14

Welcome to another installment of this week in Curlin babies: all the news that’s fit to print about Blinkers Off’s favourite sire.  In the last week, J to the Croft once again showed his promise, prevailing over a tough allowance field of three-year-olds at Belmont.  Moulin de Mougin proved herself competitive in the Royal Heroine... Continue Reading →

this week in Curlin babies: 6.19.14

Welcome to another installment of this week in Curlin babies: all the news that’s fit to print about Blinkers Off’s favourite sire.  The Curlin babies have been burning up the track this year: this week, Curlin surpassed $4,000,000 in progeny earnings for 2014.  He is the leading third-crop sire in earnings.  Even without the earnings... Continue Reading →

this week in Curlin babies: 6.12.14

Welcome to another installment of this week in Curlin babies: all the news that’s fit to print about Blinkers Off’s favourite sire.  Within the last week, two-year-old colt Jess's Dream -- Curlin's colt out of Rachel Alexandra -- appeared on the worktab for the first time.  Coming up this weekend, two Curlin babies square off... Continue Reading →

fantasy stable: week 20 (final) postmortem

We're twenty weeks in, and the Derbyologist Triple Crown fantasy league has now drawn to a close.  I joined the league with no expectations other than that the league would give me a distinct reason to follow the three-year-old class more closely, and become a better handicapper.  The league served that purpose admirably, and was... Continue Reading →

this week in Curlin babies: 6.8.14

Welcome to another installment of this week in Curlin babies: all the news that’s fit to print about Blinkers Off’s favourite sire.  This week's edition was delayed a few days due to the massive Belmont card, but I haven't forgotten about the Curlin babies!  The biggest highlight of this past week was Palace Malice's big... Continue Reading →

this week in Curlin babies: 6.5.14

Since there is both a huge card at Belmont as well as a stakes card at Arlington on Saturday, I am knee-deep in far more past performances than usual.  Instead of trying to rush to get good race recaps written for the Curlin babies, this week's full edition of This Week In Curlin Babies will... Continue Reading →

fantasy stable update: week 19

We are nineteen weeks into the Derbyologist Triple Crown fantasy league, and the day of reckoning is near.  There's just one more day of points races left, this Saturday, and then the league is over.  Just in time for this final day of points races, there are a few new faces in my stable, who... Continue Reading →

fantasy stable: week 18 update

This has been another fairly slow week for my fantasy stable in the Derbyologist Triple Crown fantasy league.  We're making it down the home stretch, though -- the final claiming day is this Thursday, and the final points races (the Belmont Stakes, the Acorn Stakes, the Woody Stephens, and the Easy Goer) all unfold on... Continue Reading →

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