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Finn Green Another 'Classic' Comeback Story

This year's Breeders' Cup Classic victory by Mucho Macho Man provided enough uplifting human interest stories to fill a book. But there actually is another lesser known story surrounding the son of Macho Uno that also packs quite an emotional wallop, and that is the comeback story of Jonathan "Finn" Green, the racing manager for majority owners Dean and Patti Reeves whose hands-on work with Mucho Macho Man goes far beyond the typical duties of his job title.... Read More

Haskin's Saturday Longshots and Overlays

JUVENILE FILLIES – Not sure what to make of Sweet Reason’s 1:46 4/5 work/non work, but as she is one of the favorites we’ll have to look elsewhere, even though she’s been very impressive in all her races. There are a number of seemingly evenly matched fillies in here, but we’re here to find the potential value plays and longshots, so we’ll head straight to 15-1 Concave . After winning her first two... Read More

Haskin's Classic Report: Is it Their Time?

Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, Aidan O'Brien and Kathy Ritvo are on a mission: get rid of that agonizing, heartbreaking second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic that is hanging over their heads and win this darn thing already.... Read More

Countdown to the Cup: Welcome to California

It was a tale of two coasts Sunday morning. On the west coast, an invigorating chill in the air; a bright blue, cloudless sky; the San Gabriel mountains so clear and sharp it was as if you could reach out and touch them; hundreds people gathered at Clocker's Corner as dozens upon dozens of horses decked out in Breeders' Cup saddle towels charged by, either working or galloping.... Read More

Countdown to the Cup: The Game's Afoot

William Hill is dangling a carrot out there and is just daring American punters to go for it. And if you don’t like carrots, just think of Game On Dude’s 7-1 odds for the Breeders’ Cup Classic as chocolate cake or a slice of pizza.... Read More

Meyer On Fire...Again

While I'm still attempting to digest the bizarre fare that was fed us on Nov. 4 and 5, I'll post my Blood-Horse magazine Classic recap until I can figure out just why so many people left this so-called championship smorgasbord hungrier than when they went in. Instead of Uncle Mo we got Uncle Drosselmeyer, who presented everyone with quite a nutcracker. We're still picking up the shells.... Read More

Countdown to the Cup: A Classic Pick 3

It is safe to say that never before have three consecutive graded stakes on a single card – at a mile, 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares, and 1 1/4 miles - produced the three favorites for the Breeders' Cup Classic. ... Read More

Countdown to the Cup: Gold Cup or Cold Cup?

This column has nothing to do with the defection of Tizway from next Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup, as disappointing as it was, or the horses that will be competing in the mile and a quarter event, even though at this point a good portion of the field appears as if it will be made of horses more likely to point for the BC Marathon. The column is about the Gold Cup’s influence on the Breeders’ Cup Classic and how to approach the race, as prestigious as it is, with the Classic in mind.... Read More

Mo Should Go For Classic

This is one time logic should be thrown out the proverbial window. Yes, it makes more sense for Uncle Mo to point for the Kelso mile and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. But if he does go that route, then all one can say is, big deal.... Read More

Breeders' Cup Wrapup - Z One and Only

Let's face it; the 2009 Breeders' Cup will forever belong to Zenyatta. She picked it up off the ground and raised it over her head like Atlas holding up the world. No burden has proven too great for this magnificent mare, and you can bet people will be watching her swan song in the Breeders' Cup Classic for decades to come and will be getting goose bumps every time they do. ... Read More

Welcome Home, Alysheba

The day after the 1987 Preakness Stakes, I stopped at a service area on I-95 in Maryland on my way back home from the Preakness and called Jack Van Berg, asking if I could do a feature on him for the Thoroughbred Times, which had only been in existence for about a year. I had never met Van Berg, who was on top of the world at the time and who looked like a sure bet to saddle racing's next Triple Crown winner following Alysheba's impressive victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.... Read More

Where to Begin

How does one even begin to comment on this year's wild and crazy Breeders' Cup? Pro-Ride form, the absence of any injuries, the filly phenomena, the European butt-whipping, Santa Anita, Horse of the Year, ESPN's new camera shots? That's just for starters.... Read More

P.G. and a Horse Called Volponi

Volponi's victory will always be one of the special moments I've experienced in racing. Not only did I love him in the race and pick him in my final column, I also touted him as my best bet of the entire Breeders' Cup and was the only one to select him on a Chicago radio show. As I ended my column..."I'll leave you with one word: Volponi!"... Read More

Invasor Remembered

With the unfortunate retirement of Big Brown, the Breeders' Cup pre-entries, a weekly column to write, and preparation for the Classic occupying most of my time this week, I thought, because of the interest shown in Invasor on my last blog and in several recent e-mails, I would reprint two stories (a commentary and parts of my Classic recap).... Read More

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