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The Last Shall be First

November 30, 2013

On Friday afternoon I remembered well how I felt back in 2004 when I thought Smarty Jones had done so much for racing that he earned the title of Horse of the Year. Here I was nine years later in a different frame of mind, but once again it involved an Oaklawn-raced three-year-old and the race for the title of Horse-of-the-Year. The title that year went to the undefeated and obviously talented Ghostzapper, who only raced four times and was virtually unknown outside of racing circles. Read More

 

One Jump Past the Wire

November 04, 2013

How many times have those of us at the racetrack heard or used the expression “one jump past the wire” to talk about either the horse we supported or that might have beaten us in a race. On Saturday at Breeders’ Cup, that one jump past the wire established the likely history of North American racing in 2013. Will Take Charge unleashed a furious stretch run to miss by a nose and “one jump past the wire” he was in front. Had he reached the wire first he would have notched his place in racing as a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and virtually cinched the three-year-old championship and even Horse-of-the-Year support. I suspect Wise Dan went a long way towards defending that latter crown with his win in the Mile, but the late efforts of Will Take Charge in capturing the Travers and Pennsylvania Derby would have been a compelling argument had he been able to add the Breeders’ Cup Classic to his resume. Read More

 

Breeders' Cup is Here

October 31, 2013

I’ve discovered this week how tough it is to handicap Breeders’ Cup races. In the past I have had the slightest of successes with the rules I’ve used (heavy emphasis on Oaklawn-raced horses and the Europeans in grass races) and this week I’ve tried to put some of those biases aside and do a better job. Read More

 

ANTICIPATION

September 03, 2013

The past weekend was a good one for Oaklawn fans. Such popular Oaklawn jockeys as Calvin Borel, Ricardo Santana, Rosemary Homeister, Jr. and Jenna Joubert were winners. Trainers like Steve Hobby, Steve Asmussen and D. Wayne Lukas were winners. Judging from the noise of the crowds on hand over the holiday weekend, there were many of those backed by the folks on hand. Especially a pair likely to make their presence known at the live meet at Oaklawn in 2004, Dunkin Bend and Strong Mandate. Read More

 

The Luckiest Man I Know

August 21, 2013

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