The Zenyatta Effect

Horse racing let us down a lot last weekend.  We saw a disgraceful and indefensible jockey fight in the winner’s circle; a perplexing series of events that led to Life At Ten jogging around the track at Churchill Downs under the lights; a fatal injury to Rough Sailing in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. And…

Revision

I’m sitting in the press box at Churchill Downs. It’s quiet.  No sound is coming from the many televisions, and people who have time to talk have already left; everyone else is typing. The lights, those lights that were to make this first night-time Breeders’ Cup racing so special, are still on, illuminating an empty…

Wednesday morning quick picks, Breeders’ Cup version

So, here we are, two days away from the Breeders’ Cup. You may, like me, already be feeling a little inundated with information: stories, photos, odds, angles, handicapping. But if you’re still seeking information, check out Keeping Up with the Breeders’ Cup at Raceday 360. You’re probably already checking out the Raceday360 Wire, an essential…

Rose Catherine in the Turf Sprint

The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint is a baby, compared to the BC races that have been run since 1984, the year of the event’s inception. This year, the race is three years old…just like one of the fillies that will be contesting it. Rose Catherine is one of two three-year-olds in the race; the other…

Zenyatta: Decisions, decisions?

On the post about the Secretariat statue in the paddock at Belmont, a commenter wrote about Secretariat’s Triple Crown-winning season, “America needed a hero, even if it was a four legged one. We need one today as well and we have one; a female at that…Zenyatta.” With all due respect to the other horses running…