Cairo Prince and Luis Saez winning the Holy Bull. Photo credit Lauren King.

Kentucky Derby 2014: Who’s In, Who’s Out

Though the last major points-earning preps took place on Saturday, April 12, the Kentucky Derby field continued to take shape through last week, with the inevitable defections due to injury. Significant withdrawals include Constitution, the Florida Derby winner trained by the multiple Eclipse Award winning Todd Pletcher, and Cairo Prince, owned in part by Dubai’s…

Living Up to Her Name

At dawn yesterday, Kiaran McLaughlin might have been a pretty happy man. He and his staff were trying to get their Grade 1-winning filly It’s Tricky ready to run in the Coaching Club American Oaks, trying to get her out of her stall and stalk her, but the notoriously difficult filly was having none of…

Saratoga preview

It was standing room only in the Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Racing last night; I arrived about ten minutes before the 7:00 start time, and Museum staff were scurrying to find extra chairs to bring in. Last evening’s guests at the annual Saratoga meeting preview were NYRA president Charlie Hayward; racing…

Busy times at the Belmont Child Care Association

The last few weeks have been pretty good ones for Anna House, with a steady stream of visitors stopping by to visit the children and to see in action the good work of the Belmont Child Care Association. A few weeks ago, Kiaran McLaughlin stopped by to have lunch with the children. McLaughlin and Edgar…

Today at the Big A

Nice day for Kiaran McLaughlin at the Big A on Friday: he had three winners and swept the early double with Labadeel and Cadet Blue. He also took the finale with Hatta Diamond. Three owners, three jocks (Garcia, Maragh, Dominguez). Anyone paying attention to racing knows that today’s feature at Aqueduct is the eponymously named…