Terry's Blog


Star Search

May 27, 2011

Once the great Zenyatta left the racetrack, the search began for the stars who would take her place. The obvious choices were horses which had performed with distinction at Breeders' Cup. Yet somehow we've come through the first quarter of the year and those stars have yet to really surface. I thought we might have enjoyed a breakthrough when Paddy O'Prado finished with a flourish to win a stakes at Pimlico in his first race back. But, alas, he was injured and subsequently retired. Now it's time to resume our search for this year's stars. Read More


No Triple Crown in Spite of "Chalky" Day

May 22, 2011

While there were a lot of short-priced winners during the day at Simulcast, such was not the case at Pimlico in the Preakness. Instead it was Shackleford, a speedball, who pulled a Rachel Alexandra and led from wire-to-wire, holding off the Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, to get the honors in the middle jewel of racing's elusive Triple Crown. Read More


Preakness Perspective

May 20, 2011

Someone asked me a question this week: Why is this the 136th Preakness and we just finished the 137th Kentucky Derby? The better question might have been, why isn't this the 122nd Preakness? Apparently there was no Preakness at Pimlico from 1894 to 1908. Read More


Alternation and Accounting

May 15, 2011

All hail to Alternation. He went from the horse who was crazy in the starting gate, to the horse who started in a walk in the Arkansas Derby, to the grinding winner of Saturday's Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont. He's come a long way and now appears to have a bright future. No such luck for this handicapper, who would have been shut out had there not been a track called Delaware Park on Saturday. Delaware yielded three winners of yours truly, all Oaklawn-raced horses, and saved what would have been a total disaster. Read More


Saturday's Peter Pan, a Consolation Race

May 13, 2011

If you had a three-year-old not up to the stress and strain of last Saturday's Kentucky Derby, you had the option to point to this Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan as a kind of consolation stakes at a mile-and-an-eighth. Read More

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