Working for Woody

On Belmont day 2006, the name of one New York Hall of Famer and racing legend was swapped out for another, when the Riva Ridge Stakes became the Woody Stephens. Stephens’ legacy is cemented in his long list of accomplishments, among them the 11 champions he trained, the Eclipse he won as the nation’s top…

Brian Nadeau Handicaps the Belmont Stakes

Belmont Park: The Grade I, $1 million Belmont Stakes at 1 1/2 miles #1 Frac Daddy: Hit-or-miss type was a decent second to fellow entrant Overanalyze in a painfully slow GI Arkansas Derby, then was 16th in the Kentucky Derby in his last, so he’ll need a massive form reversal to factor. McPeek charge will…

Brian Nadeau on the Belmont Stakes

Once again, Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now has taken us from January to June, offering insight and analysis on every significant race on the road to and through the Triple Crown. Many, many thanks to him for all of his contributions, and I hope that he–and you–cash a big one. Good luck and safe trips…

Another? Not for me, thanks.

This spring, I’ve had the unbelievable opportunity to dream  plausibly about seeing two personal sporting milestones in person: the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals and a 12th Triple Crown winner. We know how the first one turned out. And now, the day before the second, I’m not so sure I want to see it.…

Friday morning quick picks

Superfecta has spoken. She won this year’s Brooklyn Backstretch Road to the Roses charity league, and she’s decided to split the donation between two organizations. The members of this year’s league came up with $300 in donations, so in Lisa’s name, $150 will go to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, and $150 will go to…

Final thoughts

Late last week, Patrick, writer of Handride and leader of the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance, invited the TBA bloggers to post our picks for Saturday’s stakes races. I am always reluctant to do such things; many of my days at the races result in my cashing not a single ticket, and my father calls me the…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As soon as Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby, I started to worry. He was so dominant, and the rest of the three-year-olds didn’t seem quite so sharp, and there seemed to be a pretty good chance that he’d win the Preakness, and that I’d head to this year’s Belmont, for the second time in…

Finally, it’s here

I am shortly heading out to beautiful Belmont Park to spend a day that may well rival last summer’s Travers on the unpleasant scale. I’m not a big fan of crowds or excessive heat, and both will be in abundance in a few short hours. So as I get myself into the spirit of this…