Beyond the Blinkers

Esther Marr commentary on Thoroughbred retirement, aftercare, and interesting stories

May 2011 - Posts

My Preakness Experience Via Video

I have had a chance to recover from traveling to and from Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and thought I would share some videos with you! This was my first time going to the Preakness, so I was excited to document my journey. Below are just a few selections of videos I shot with a flipcam May 20 and 21. Please forgive my amateur video skills. Remember, I'm a journalist first! It was interesting... Read More

Guest Blog: Thoughts on the KY Derby From a Fan Perspective

I received the following piece from Erin Grogan of Keene, N.H. on the Tuesday following this year's Kentucky Derby and I felt like I needed to share it with you. Professionally, Grogan works as a senior research associate for The New Teacher Project, a national non-profit organization that focuses on teacher retention and teacher effectiveness. Recreationally, however, she is a die-hard horse racing... Read More

My Oaks/Derby Week in Photos

This year’s Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby week was definitely memorable to me—from the heartbreaking phone call I made to John Greathouse about his ill-fated filly Devil May Care, to the quiet beauty of the descending twilight on Oaks night, to the thrilling Derby finish of Animal Kingdom and the realization I had scored the biggest triumph of my betting career (which isn’t saying much, but I was... Read More

Last Minute Oaks Picks

People have been asking me for days who my picks are for the Kentucky Oaks. It’s hard this year, because there are so many great stories behind these fillies and their connections, and for sentimental reasons alone, I would be happy if almost any of them won. That’s definitely not always the case with a race like this. Aside from the sentimental stuff, this is a powerful and talented group of horses... Read More

Backstretch Snapshot of the Day: Her Smile

Her Smile is a filly that came into the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) game a little late and lacks the buzz factor that has surrounded some of the other contenders in the Run for the Lilies. But after talking with her owner, celebrity chef Bobby Flay, on Churchill's busy backstretch May 5, it appears she has just as good of a shot as any of the 12 other horses in this deep and talented Oaks field. Flay, who... Read More

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