Updates on a few favorites

As first reported to me by a West Point Thoroughbreds owner and then reported by David Grening in the Daily Racing Form, Kiaran McLaughlin will no longer be training for that ownership partnership, so that he is able to concentrate on the increased number of number of horses in his care owned by Darley and…

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…

Weekend wrap-up

Over at Railbird, Jessica has eloquently and elegantly described the scene following Proud Spell’s win in the Alabama; if you haven’t already read it, take a look. The crowd stood and applauded as Proud Spell and Music Note came back after the race, causing many of us on the apron to look up and enjoy…

Rated R

The first piece of news I heard this morning was that George Carlin had died. This is not ordinarily something that would catch my attention, but it did today, because thanks to the comments of a few regular readers, it seems that my generally PG-rated blog turned into a porn site in my absence yesterday.…

Friday morning quick picks

Bill Place didn’t make my wish come true on Thursday; off as the even-money favorite, he was a well-beaten third and was claimed from Anthony Dutrow by David Jacobson. I suppose that’s a good sign? On the other side of the world, Numaany too finished third, at Nad al Sheba. Beaten a length and a…

A trio of treys and an eight (year old)

What’s up with Numaany? I haven’t read anything about him in a while, but in the last two days, I’ve gotten 60+ hits here from people searching for him. This site still comes up first in the list of his search results, so it doesn’t appear that he’s on one of the numerous Derby lists…

2 2-year-olds finishing 2nd

Barclay Tagg’s nicely-named Groomedforvictory (out of Minigroom by Victory Gallop) first came to my attention on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, at the annual family gathering at Saratoga Harness for simulcasting. He was entered in the second and finished a game but well-beaten second, racing from just behind the leaders until the final turn, when he…