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That Nijinsky Eye...

Has anyone else noted the phenomenon of the Nijinsky II eye? I’ve been aware of it for years now, and was reminded of it when Simply Breathless got her close-up in the paddock at Santa Anita as she awaited her photo op in the winners’ circle after the Wilshire S.-G3, a stunning upset for a truly gorgeous mare. Simply Breathless was bred in Great Britain, and I was unfamiliar with her pedigree, though aware of the brilliant campaign her trainer, Neil Drysdale, had planned for her since her importation. Then I saw that eye.

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Has anyone else noted the phenomenon of the Nijinsky II eye? I’ve been aware of it for ye....



Monongahela & The Return of Round Table

Monongahela’s longshot win in the Philip H. Iselin S.-G3 on 6/22/19 was a thrill for all pedigree nerds, as he may be the lone representative of a long-lost sireline, that of the great Round Table and his son Princequillo, who still influence the breed through his female offspring, through his son Apalachee and his grandson K One King. Monongahela is a five-year old son of K One King, trained by Jason Servis and ridden yesterday by Jose Lezcano, and the horse now has six wins from 24 starts, with total earnings of $381,043.

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Monongahela’s longshot win in the Philip H. Iselin S.-G3 on 6/22/19 was a thrill for all ....



Track Superintendent Ken Brown Readying Colonial Downs Surfaces For Reopening

When the first thoroughbred race since 2013 is held at Colonial Downs Racetrack this August, one person in particular will breathe a sigh of relief. Track superintendent Ken Brown, who began his second stint at the New Kent, Va., track in April, is in charge of bringing its two highly regarded racing surfaces back to life after years of inactivity. The last Thoroughbred race was held there in July 2013 and the last Standardbred race took place over the dirt track in October 2014.

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When the first thoroughbred race since 2013 is held at Colonial Downs Racetrack this August, on....



Golden Gate Fields Winter/Spring Meet Sees 7.4% Increase In Handle

Golden Gate Fields saw another strong increase in all sources handle at its 2018-19 Winter/Spring Meet, which concluded on Sunday, June 9. The 94-day meeting, which began on Dec. 26, was highlighted by a successful edition of the inaugural Gold Rush Weekend in April, and track management and horsemen look forward to continued positive trends and numbers heading into the next live race meet which begins August 15th.

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Golden Gate Fields saw another strong increase in all sources handle at its 2018-19 Winter/Spr....



  • Romans Training Center
    Review. Reprieve. Rehab.
    Romans Farm, Louisville, Kentucky

    Featuring an outdoor track and the area's largest indoor track, Dale Romans' Liberty Lane Training Center is the ideal addition to your horse's training. It offers an opportunity for your horse to take a deep breath, drop his head and get the reprieve he needs from time to time. It is also an ideal venue for injury rehab. Acres of pasture dot the landscape of the facility, located in Goshen, Kentucky. Visit our website for full information!

  • Bayern Gets His First Winner

    I always liked Bayern as a race horse, as I’m a sucker for big, handsome guys, and he was one of the biggest—to the point that his trainer, Bob Baffert, went to measure Zenyatta, sure that his guy was every bit as huge as the supermare. He wasn’t, but he sure came close. And big handsome guys who win the Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1, along with the Haskell-G1, at three, and earn over $4.4 million? How could you not be a fan?

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    I always liked Bayern as a race horse, as I’m a sucker for big, handsome guys, and he wa....



    A Week of Daredevilry

    With the freshman sire race warming up, a new entrant has jumped to number seven in the top ten list: Winstar’s Daredevil, a precocious son of More Than Ready whose first foals were pictured in a memorable advertising campaign featuring them photoshopped into dramatic activities demonstrating their, well, daredevilry.

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    With the freshman sire race warming up, a new entrant has jumped to number seven in the top ten....