In my latest at Thoroughbred Insider, after Magnum Moon's victory in the Arkansas Derby, I took a few moments to wax a little...mythological.
It's not often I get back in touch with my long-dormant physics nerd days to write a piece about horse racing...but that happened this week when I was writing about Midnight Bisou, and I must say I'm happy with how it turned out.
Good Magic made history last year, but yesterday, he asserted that he's not just a one-trick pony. In my latest at Thoroughbred Insider, I visit one of the many wonderful moments that Curlin's babies brought us this weekend.
I had a lot of fun writing my latest piece at Thoroughbred Insider, a little musing about Florida Derby winner Audible, thinking about the various sounds that have characterised his career so far. You can read it right here.
I love good horse names. Sometimes a horse's name is apt when they're born, and sometimes it becomes apt through what a horse does. Over at Thoroughbred Insider, I talk about why Noble Indy's name fits in both senses.
Today, a sire I'm sure every reader of Blinkers Off has become quite familiar with over the years celebrates his fourteenth birthday. (After all -- the tagline for this website used to be "handicapping. recapping. fannish glee over the Curlin babies.") Over at Thoroughbred Insider, I wrote a piece in his honour.
Today, the world found out that Beholder has scanned in foal...to none other than Curlin. Over at Thoroughbred Insider, I wrote about just how special, how exciting, the possibilities are for this foal.
The best horses lose nothing in defeat. From Man o’ War, turned sideways at the start, to Songbird, doing everything but win against one of the greatest racemares of our time, a whisker at the wire has no power to sully a performance for the ages. And so it was with Alysheba, on a clear autumn... Continue Reading →
In my latest piece for the Thoroughbred Insider Facebook page, I did a little something different: not a Withers Stakes preview per se, but more a piece inspired by a common thread that links the names of so many of the entrants. I don't write enough about horse names...but when I do, it's a lot... Continue Reading →
Today would have been Holy Bull's 27th birthday. On the Thoroughbred Insider Facebook page, I wrote a short piece remembering his career, and remembering his lasting impact on the Thoroughbred breed.
In my first full-length piece for Thoroughbred Insider, I discuss some unexpected feelings I had at the end of the Breeders' Cup Classic. I expected to feel unbridled glee given how long I've been a fan of Gun Runner, but it was far more complicated than that.