Benner Island Steps Up in the Grade 1 Acorn

A look at Benner Island‘s past performances might suggest the filly entered in Saturday’s Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park is due for a loss. After all, she won last out in the Eight Belles (G2) at Churchill Downs in May, and following each of her two previous wins, she’s slumped a bit before returning…

Just what we needed?

On Monday night, as the Memorial Day weekend wound down, as cars snaked their way back into New York and revelers bid a wistful farewell to the holiday, New York racing could be seen tilting back in its rocking chair on its front porch, raising a glass, and taking a long, cool drink of the…

Another Barn Cat

I met her in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs. I’d been assigned to cover the Eight Belles on Oaks Day, a race in which my focus was on Arienza, Azeri’s first foal who’d won her first two starts before losing to the dominant Joyful Victory in the Fantasy Stakes. Watching from the rail, disappointed…