Becky Johnston

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Unbridled Excitement

You can't swing a cat without hitting a relative of Unbridled in this year's Derby picture, but I am not advocating you try either swinging a cat or avoiding this group of three-year-olds. ... Read More

Stardom Bound Too Slow? Not So Fast My Friend.

There has been some pointed discussion about Stardom Bound's time in her Las Virgenes win on Saturday. She ran the race in 1:36 2/5 and received speed ratings in the area of 84-87. To take the time and the rating as the gospel for this race would be the equivalent of reading Cliffs Notes for the Bible, it just doesn't tell the whole story.... Read More

Sunshine Beginnings

The California and Florida Thoroughbred Industry will put their beloved wares on display Saturday when they face off on both coasts. Since Florida is my home state, I thought we might take a look back at some of the people and horses that begot the second largest producer of Thoroughbreds in the country.... Read More

Breeders' Cup Winners of the Past

Each year when the Breeders' Cup comes around I start thinking about the winners of the past. So I thought I would take a look at my top three races or winners in the seven core Breeders' Cup races.... Read More

The East Coast Bias - Do they race in California?

Okay it's time to stop. No really, just stop. I was one of those people that swore that Easy Goer was the best horse in America in 1989 and that Sunday Silence was just lucky. I look back on that now and wonder if I had lost my marbles. How I ever made that argument, even to myself, is a mystery now. ... Read More

Who was Pat O'Brien?

With the running of the Pat O'Brien Stakes this weekend, I set out to find just who was Pat O'Brien. We all know who Bing Crosby was and what his contributions to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club were, but it seems that a whole generation has no recollection of the second largest investor in the building of the track by the sea. ... Read More

Sweet Music

With the mid-week lull upon us and all the disqualification controversy following Proud Spell's demotion from second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes on Saturday, I can't help but think about the overshadowed winner. She seems to have gotten lost with the rough riding that took place behind her, but Music Note, by A.P. Indy, looks like she could be special. She is a winner of her last three starts and three of four overall.... Read More

Controversy or Boredom?

In days gone by, the Breeders' Cup Classic would be so laden with talented horses that I would anticipate the running over and over in my mind, days or even weeks before the gates ever opened. Looking at what we might see this year, I may find myself watching the Alabama-Tennessee game instead. Forgettable.... Read More

Curragh, Take Me Away

  • 27 Jun 2008 12:16 PM

In order to remove myself from the problems that are confronting American racing right now, for one weekend, I am intent on going across the pond for my action. ... Read More

Injured Mare Brings Controversial Topic to a Head

  • 25 Jun 2008 8:36 AM

Have you ever tried explaining to a friend who is attending the races for the very first time, why these majestic animals that are bred to run, must be whipped? You feel that familiar flush of embarrassment, knowing what you are about to say is something you don't believe yourself. ... Read More

Royal Ascot Day 4

  • 20 Jun 2008 2:14 PM

The next to last day of the 2008 Royal Meet at Ascot Race Course came up windy and cloudy with the ground much harder than most European runners desire. Rain would not fall until the fifth contest of the day.... Read More

Royal Ascot Coverage

  • 20 Jun 2008 9:21 AM

The Group 2 Norfolk Stakes was the first race on the card of day three at Royal Ascot. The son of Forest Camp out of the Forty Niner mare, Brittan Lee, won his first start at Carlisle by a double-digit margin. Today, he squeaked out a win over the Irish-bred Spin Cycle with English bred Prolific and Flashmans Papers were third and fourth. It sounds foolish to say that the next three looked better than the winner, but that could prove to be the case when the distances become more taxing than the five furlongs traveled today. ... Read More

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