Ponying Rombauer, Christine Higgs Finds The Spotlight

When Flavien Prat thanked “the pony girl” moments after winning the Preakness with Rombauer, he highlighted both the importance and the anonymity of the people whose very visible yet barely noticed work is an essential element of racetrack safety. On the principle that nervous Thoroughbreds, herd animals that they are, will relax more easily with a…

Triple Crown “Tradition”: More Fancy Than Fact

At the risk of stating the obvious, this year’s Triple Crown became something different from what we were used to the minute that Churchill Downs announced that it would host the Kentucky Derby on September 5. We’d suspected before that, of course. A month before the traditional Derby date, virtually the entire country was limiting…

A Brooklyn “Dream” Comes True

When Anthony Bonomo started racing horses in 2006, he named his Brooklyn Boyz stable after the borough in which he’d grown up, and to which he still felt a close tie. Not uncommonly, he’d name his horses after place in the old neighborhood: Lorimer Street, McCarren Park, Jackson N Humboldt. It’s been a long time…

Nyquist Ready To Repeat Derby Success

The weather forecast for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes may be dismal, but the outlook for Nyquist to become the fourth horse in five years to nab the first two legs of the Triple Crown is much more auspicious. Impressive on the track Thursday morning in a brisk gallop, the Kentucky Derby winner has given every indication…

Brian Nadeau’s Preakness Analysis

  by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Pimlico: The GI, $1.5 million Preakness at 1 ¼ miles #1 Cherry Wine (20-1): Deep closer used the race flow to muck up for third in the GI Blue Grass at Keeneland and will need an epic pace meltdown to have any kind of chance in the second…

Fighting Laminitis, A Decade After Barbaro

Ten years ago this week, the racing world watched in horror as shortly after the start of the Preakness Stakes, jockey Edgar Prado pulled Barbaro up with a catastrophic injury to his right hind leg. Stricken with a shattered leg that in almost any other case would have led to immediate euthanasia, Barbaro was transported…