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A World of Their Own

Thoroughbred racing in 2010 consists of three universes, all moving in parallel lines. One is the Triple Crown trail, which possesses an aura all to itself and is oblivious to any other existing worlds.... Read More

Apple Blossom Time

Oaklawn Park made all the right moves with their big Apple Blossom announcement. They put up the money, the changed the distance, and in short they dangled one heckuva carrot in front of Jess Jackson and Jerry and Ann Moss.... Read More

Frankel's Last Laugh

As the field passed the three-eighths pole in the 135th Belmont Stakes, the massive, rain-drenched crowd, snake bitten by years of dashed hopes, braced for the inevitable. They had been here four of the past six years, and eight of the past 25 years, hoping to be part of history. Each time, their cheers fell silent.... Read More

One Perfect Day

Pleasantly Perfects caps off trainer Dick Mandella's historic feat of winning four Breeders' Cup races in one year, capturing the 2003 Classic over Medaglia d'Oro.... Read More

Riches Beyond Compare

Call it fate. Call it kismet. Whatever title you prefer, Rags to Riches seemed destined to give trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez their first classic winner.... Read More

Alex Leaves 'Em Gasping

Afleet Alex's escape from certain disaster in the 2005 Preakness was one of the most amazing displays of athleticism and courage ever witnessed.... Read More

Along Came Jones

As mentioned, to keep this blog active over the holiday season, I am reprinting a series of race recaps, mainly from the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup, that originally were published on Bloodhorse.com over the past decade. First up...Smarty Jones.... Read More

A DVD-eelight

TVG has put together a thrill-packed time capsule of Zenyatta in all her magnificence that no doubt will be watched for years to come by anyone who is moved by the power, grace, and sheer determination of the Thoroughbred.... Read More

They Once Ruled the Sport

This is the only sport where many one-time revered figures, even those voted into the Hall of Fame, are discarded and virtually forgotten, often while still in the prime of their careers.... Read More

Farewell to the Iron Lady

Zenyatta is one of the great fillies of all time and should have a race named after her, but not two and a half weeks after the Breeders' Cup and not at the expense of Lady's Secret.... Read More

Horse of the Year: Stalemate

These are the final words from here on the Horse of the Year debate between racing's two monarchs, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Unfortunately, only one likely will be crowned, but you can be sure both will rule in the hearts and minds of most racing fans.... 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

Classic Rip Tide

Europe fired off its first salvo at the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) when the heavy favorite Rip Van Winkle captured Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot, which served as a launching pad for Raven's Pass' Classic victory last year.... Read More

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