Dark Mirage, the Tiny Tigress

A few weeks ago, Bill Mott sat in his office at Belmont Park and talked about his earliest racing memories, which centered on the weekly editions of The Blood-Horse that would arrive at his South Dakota home. “I’m trying to think of the filly that used to be on the cover,” he said. “She weighed…

The Tricky Tiara?

The poor Triple Tiara.  It’s been poked and prodded and tweaked and changed multiple times in the last half century; it might be the Rodney Dangerfield of Thoroughbred racing. Even the trainer whose filly might become the first Triple Tiara winner in 18 years isn’t that excited about it. In fact, Kiaran McLaughlin indicated that he…

Update: Triple Tiara

As I wrote here last week following my post on the Triple Tiara, the information that NYRA provided about this racing series didn’t quite match up. The website page about the Mother Goose indicated that the original configuration of the race (Acorn, Mother Goose, Coaching Club American Oaks) had been changed in 2003, with the…

Huh?

For my post last week on the Mother Goose, I spent a good deal of time researching and verifying what I was reading about the change in the configuration of the Triple Tiara—I checked multiple and sources, and I felt confident that what I wrote was correct: that currently, the series comprises the Mother Goose,…

Crowns and tiaras

Last spring, Greg Avioli’s decision to re-name the Distaff and to move all the filly/mare races to Friday occasioned much discussion in the racing press and in blogs. Some of us were even moved to start a petition to express our distress at this move, and to ask that Avioli and the Breeders’ Cup re-consider…