Showcasing New York Favorites

New York’s stars were on display at Belmont on Saturday.  The weather was beautiful, the atmosphere festive, the backyard crowded.  And the horses didn’t disappoint. Early in the card, Flying Zee Stable took two races. The racing operation of the late Carl Lizza, Flying Zee’s dispersal begins this week at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale,…

New York Showcase Day, 2011

It rained on Belmont Day. It was cloudy on Travers Day. It rained on Jockey Club Gold Cup day.  But this Saturday is New York Showcase day, and it looks like we’re going to get perfect autumn weather on the day that to me embodies fall racing in New York. If we’re lucky, the trees…

Good and Lucky

It is, they say, better to be lucky than good.  My Miss Aurelia is both. She won her first start, at Saratoga on opening day. And when her connections went back to the barn that afternoon, waiting for them was the tiniest of little black kittens, curled up in the shedrow, not more than a…

Life At Ten Retired

On Saturday at Belmont, Life At Ten finished last by almost 21 lengths in the race that she won last year by two. She was part of what made that Belmont Saturday super in 2010, and that Beldame was the last time she was in the winner’s circle. I’m sure that I saw Life At…

“I didn’t think she could do it.”

We’re not supposed to fall in love with horses. We’re not supposed to cheer in the press box. We’re not supposed to root in the winner’s circle. These are the rules. Racing gives us a lot to cheer for: favorite horses, a winning bet. It also offers plenty to lament: the bad beat, the injury,…