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Belmont: A View From The Grandstands

Another Triple Crown race means another installment of the ever-popular AVTG Series!!

It's Belmont Week!


Obligatory post of the greatest Belmont performance ever.

Sahara Sky Wins Met Mile


Coming from the clouds, Sahara Sky noses out Cross Traffic for the Met Mile win.

Pricci: Wise Dan Deserves a Higher Profile


Completely agree here. He beats all comers on the lawn at just about any distance. But the connections still seem content on picking their way through the summer season and not trying to hit homeruns. He's already HOY, why not really go for it? Now I disagree with the author in that it owners should be in it solely for the game, and throw money at everything. But in Wise Dan's case, I do think Fink and LoPresti should be swinging for the fences. Why not? Wise Dan will still be back next year.

Discussion on Oxbow's Color


While definitely roan, he can only be called bay, since neither his sire nor dam is grey. Pretty interesting.

Del Mar to Return to Dirt?


I hope so. I would love for the Breeders' Cup to be hosted by Del Mar.

Pedigree Profile: Oxbow

Oxbow, under Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, set modest fractions and ran away with the Preakness Stakes, spoiling Orb's bid for a Triple Crown.

Why Seth Hancock is Going Against His Best Business Interests


A great look at the decision Seth Hancock has made to try to spoil his long time business associates' run at a Triple Crown. In the end, it's just a game.

Derby 139: A View from the Grandstands

A re-cap of the 2013 Kentucky Derby from right in the middle of the action at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby 2013: Final Work Notes


A quick rundown of the final works for the Oaks and Derby Contenders.

Pedigree Profile: Itsmyluckyday

There are few incidents in the thoroughbred world over the last few years that you could categorize as more tragic than the death of Lawyer Ron after siring only two foal crops and showing a world...

Stallion Profile: Midnight Lute

Typically, big time sires will have one, maybe two top end runners in any given year on the Road to the Roses. Maybe they're lucky and have a filly that's gunning for the Oaks. If your first crop...

Storm Cat: A Legacy Of Domination

There are a lot of words that could be used to describe Storm Cat: Major; Significant; Influential; Dominant. But The Form said it best on Twitter: Storm Cat was a Breed Shaping sire.

Pedigree Profile: Java's War


A closer look at the family of the winner of the G1-Bluegrass Stakes.

Derby Trail Musings 4/7/13


My meandering thoughts on the Derby Trail after the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby

Stallion Profile: Kitten's Joy


It's Spring. Keeneland is now open. That means it's time for the Ramseys and their homebred stallion, Kitten's Joy, to start raking in the hardware.

Hear the Ghost's Derby Run is Busted


A knee injury has laid the San Felipe winner up for at lest a month.

FL and LA Derbies: The Picks


The definitive guide to winning lots of money today at the Fairgrounds and at Gulfstream.

KY Derby Champion March Madness


Most importantly, some great perspective on Secretariat. "Secretariat strung together a phenomenal run of eighths -- :12 1/5, :11 2/5, :11 2/5, :11 1/5, :12, :11 3/5, :12 1/5, :12 1/5, :12, :12 4/5, :12 1/5, :12 4/5. As Nack wrote, incredibly, none of them was slower than :12 4/5. "

Oatsee off to Frankel


She foaled her Bernardini filly on Wednesday and she's off to England in the coming weeks.

US Seeks to End Meydan Drought


Since the switch from dirt at Nad al Sheeba to the Tapeta at Meydan, US Shippers have an atrocious record. This is a great read and definitely worth the time to read it all.

Gary Stevens to Ride Dullahan in World Cup


Dullahan was previously piloted by Joel Rosario. Addtionally, Donegal Racing, the owner of Dullahan says they are working on a deal to have Gary Stevens be the contract rider for all of their runners.

Derby Trail Musings


An uneducated look back on yesterday's Derby Preps

Celebrating Storm Cat


Great piece over at the Form today celebrating Storm Cat as he celebrates his 30th birthday.

Weekend Stakes Open Thread


Uh oh, Matt's not here to run this. CHAOS!

Pedigree Profile: Orb

From the female family that produced the great Ruffian, Orb has shown himself to be the top 3 year old by making a dominant run down the middle of the sloppy track in the Kentucky Derby.

Stallion Profile: Tapit


Of all of the stallions in North America, one currently stands above the rest: Tapit. He's made his mark to the point that there is speculation he could be in such demand that his stud fee could...

Dutrow Files Federal Lawsuit

Dutrow is suing the the New York Gaming Commission claiming he was denied due process.

Paynter Returns to the Track!

After a long road, Paynter will work for the first time since winning the G1-Haskell at Monmouth Park in July of 2012.

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