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A Filly to Face the Boys at Belmont

With the confirmation that Unlimited Budget is a go for the 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Avalyn Hunter identifies several advantages available to top-flight fillies who take on the colts in big races.... Read More

Unlikely Double

Oxbow's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) upset may mean we're not heading into June with a Triple Crown on the line--but it introduced its own touching story line.... Read More

Say Goodbye to Hollywood

Hollywood Park is now more valuable for its acreage than for the revenue it can bring in as an operating track. And so the memories of Citation and Noor, Swaps and Round Table, will fade away beneath housing, office space, and asphalt. ... Read More

Australia Sends Shuttle Stallions North

For years Australian Thoroughbred breeders have welcomed European and American stallions as shuttlers. Recently Lonhro, Choisir, and now Redoute's Choice have returned the visits--and Northern Hemisphere breeding is better for it.... Read More

Significance of Royal Ascot

(By Avalyn Hunter) This year's Royal Ascot meeting saw two coronations. One was that of Frankel as possibly the best miler Europe has ever seen--rarefied air indeed when one considers the likes of Brigadier Gerard, Miesque, and Goldikova. The other was that of Black Caviar as not only the world's best sprinter but as a champion whose heart matches her stunning talent, overcoming both injury and an... Read More

Dynaformer's Huge Presence

Dynaformer was not a horse that had everything handed to him. While a multiple grade II winner on the track, he started his career in the shadow of two similarly-bred sons of Roberto, both members of his crop, who were both better racers: champion turf male Sunshine Forever and multiple grade I winner Brian's Time. But Dynaformer eclipsed both at stud.... (Avalyn Hunter reflects on Dynaformer's legacy.)... Read More

Vote for MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year

Fans of superhorse Zenyatta rallied for the 13-time grade I winner to take home any and all annual honors—even if by proxy. Vertigineux was the runaway winner of last year’s MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year title as fans of her 2010 Horse-of-the-Year daughter flooded the ballot boxes. Will Easter Bunnette, dam of reigning champion Havre de Grace, receive similar support this year? Will the broodmare... Read More

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