Wednesday morning quick picks, Breeders’ Cup version

So, here we are, two days away from the Breeders’ Cup. You may, like me, already be feeling a little inundated with information: stories, photos, odds, angles, handicapping. But if you’re still seeking information, check out Keeping Up with the Breeders’ Cup at Raceday 360. You’re probably already checking out the Raceday360 Wire, an essential…

Zenyatta: Decisions, decisions?

On the post about the Secretariat statue in the paddock at Belmont, a commenter wrote about Secretariat’s Triple Crown-winning season, “America needed a hero, even if it was a four legged one. We need one today as well and we have one; a female at that…Zenyatta.” With all due respect to the other horses running…

Hitchcock and the horses

I watched the Jockey Club Gold Cup from the winner’s circle at Belmont Park on Saturday.  It’s an ideal spot for about five seconds, the last five seconds of the race. The race started on the clubhouse turn, so most of us had to rely on the infield screen to see what was happening. I…

Are we having fun yet?

Following a terrific weekend of racing, we get this: #EastCoastHorseRacingIndustry cheated greatest race mare in history outta #HOY. She shd run where she is loved. And this: Racing tweeps jumped the proverbial shark this weekend. We’re all now just a non-stop cliche squaking cliche box. Ish is faded. Break time. And this: “What is it? Everybody’s afraid…

Better late than never

I am a late adopter.  I don’t buy new appliances until the old ones stop working; I was nearly the last of my friends to have a cell phone. When something new comes along, my attitude generally is, “But I don’t need that.”  Until, months or years later, I decide that I do, and I…

Comely: “High-Class Speed Tells Its Tale”

April 9—it’s finally here. The race that everyone wanted didn’t quite come off, and Hot Springs may not be quite as full as expected, but Oaklawn Park is nonetheless the center of the racing world today, as Zenyatta seeks to run her unbeaten streak to 16 amid the adoration of fans who have trekked to…

The conversation continues…

On the Belmont backstretch on Monday morning, a blissful unawareness of the calendar might have led one to think that it was spring. Trainers, exercise riders, spectators—all gradually shed layers as the sun rose higher. “It’s HOT!” was overheard more than once. A lone horse trained on the turf course. But instead of the blue…

The Backstretch Method: Saturday picks

The Backstretch method did better than it could have hoped yesterday, cashing on the exacta and winner in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Let’s see how it works today. Juvenile Turf: Kera’s Kitten is out in favor of Becky’s Kitten (poor Kera—she travelled all the way from Kentucky to see her namesake race! Check out Grening’s…

Beldame: The 3-Year-Old Filly That Became Horse of the Year

In 2009, Rachel Alexandra became at least the fourth three-year-old filly to beat older males when she won the Woodward at Saratoga, an accomplishment that in the minds of many cemented her claim to Horse of the Year honors. That victory provided the opportunity to recall Twilight Tear and Busher, three-year-old fillies who also beat older…