Friday morning quick picks

Keith of Triple Dead Heat asked yesterday in a comment, “Who’s going to win the Road to the Roses donation?” An excellent question, and one that I can answer with certainty: Not I! Superfecta’s Sleipnir Stables remains in the lead, but the ever-threatening Triple Crown73 is right behind her, in excellent position to swoop in…

And away they go…

For a variety of reasons, the last week or so has been a tough one around the Backstretch household. An unexpected death in one of my communities has left many of us shaken, and it’s not every day that a jet lands in the water just a few miles from my home. Though that outcome…

Some Monday good news

Among the sadness at Aqueduct on Saturday was some good news; between the third and the fourth races, NYRA presented a $5,000 check to the Exceller Fund; Exceller Fund board members photographer Barbara Livingston and writer Steve Haskin accepted the donation. Exceller, who beat two Triple Crown winners, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, in the 1978…

New York Stallion Series

Sunday at Aqueduct features six races in the New York Stallion Series, for horses whose sires are standing in New York State. Three races for the girls, three for the boys; two on the turf; two for two-year-olds; and some personal favorites are making an appearance, some of whom we last saw on New York…

Wednesday morning quick picks

Commenter John S. shares with us the origin of the term “hands down,” used to describe Watson’s victory in the first running of the Jerome: It is so common in our language, but who knew it actually is a horse racing termfrom the 1800s, used to describe a jockey loosening the reins and dropping hishands…

Treat Whore Going to Breeders’ Cup

A few notes on Brooklyn Backstretch favorites on this chilly upstate morning… Thorn Song, referred to here as a “treat whore” in August, wired the field in the Shadwell Turf Mile on Saturday at Keeneland. His racing at this level has been disappointing for some time and he clearly didn’t much like Saratoga, but he…