Early in 2015, I wrote that American Pharoah reminded me of Seattle Slew in terms of pure talent. Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby in 1977 while on his way to a sweep of the Triple Crown. American Pharoah later in 2015 would likewise succeed in the Kentucky Derby while on his way to winning […]

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Pegasus, according to Greek mythology, is a winged horse. But more and more it seems even Pegasus himself might be no match for Arrogate. Sweeping to the front on the far turn, Arrogate went on to win last Saturday’s inaugural running of the 1 1/8-mile Pegasus World Cup Invitational by 4 3/4 emphatic lengths at […]

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The eyes of the racing world will be on Gulfstream Park when the Pegasus World Cup Invitational is run for the first time this Saturday. Its opulence in horse racing is unprecedented. The $12 million purse makes it the richest horse race that has ever been contested on the planet (or in the universe, for […]

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The 2016 Eclipse Award finalists recently were revealed. The winners in each category will be announced this Saturday at the 46th annual Eclipse Awards dinner in Florida at Gulfstream Park. The first year I made Eclipse Award predictions in this column was for racing in 2011. My Eclipse Award predictions have been correct 91.7% of […]

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Celebrities galore were spotted on the red carpet in La La Land last Sunday prior to the 74th Golden Globe Awards. Meanwhile, down the road at Santa Anita Park, a rising star of the equine variety was seen when Unique Bella registered a ridiculously easy victory in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes. A $400,000 […]

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Now that it is 2017, it’s time for my 13th annual ranking of the Top 10 performances of the year. Keep in mind this is not a list of the Top 10 “races” of the year (the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff, with Beholder nosing out Songbird at the end of a fantastic stretch battle, […]

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Below is how I plan to fill out my official Eclipse Award ballot for 2016, with the caveat that my decisions will not be absolutely final until the entire year is over. That is why I will not be submitting my ballot before until after racing this Saturday (Dec. 31) is completed. TWO-YEAR-OLD MALE: 1. […]

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For his win in last Saturday’s $180,000 Winter Challenge at Los Alamitos, fan favorite California Chrome earned $50,000. The dominant victory in what is scheduled to be the penultimate start of his marvelous career boosted his total bankroll to $14,502,652. According to Equibase, these are the 10 leading money-winning Thoroughbreds to have made at least […]

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A certain Hall of Fame trainer is dominating three of this nation’s Grade I races to such an extent that it is getting to be downright ridiculous. The trainer is Bob Baffert. The three races are the Haskell Invitational (for 3-year-olds), Del Mar Futurity (for 2-year-olds) and Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (also for 2-year-olds). Although […]

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The prestigious Eclipse Awards were instituted in 1971 to honor the crème de la crème of Thoroughbred racing. These awards are named after the phenomenal racehorse Eclipse, who was undefeated in 18 lifetime starts prior to becoming a great sire in the 1700s. By my count, a total of 348 different Thoroughbreds have won an […]

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Tepin continued her winning ways when she prevailed by a half-length as a heavy favorite in last Saturday’s Grade I Woodbine Mile. It was her eighth straight victory overall. Not only that, it was her seventh consecutive win in a graded stakes race on the grass in North America. No other female Thoroughbred has achieved […]

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A year ago I made the point in this column that in light of Seattle Slew’s marvelous record at New York tracks, one would think one of those tracks would have a graded stakes race named in his honor. Yes, there is the ungraded Seattle Slew Handicap at Emerald Downs in the Pacific Northwest. But […]

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Russell Baze took the racing world by surprise last week when he announced his career as a jockey was over. But the low-key fashion in which the Hall of Fame rider made his retirement known was pretty much in keeping with the way he has conducted himself throughout his remarkable career. “He’s so humble,” Ray […]

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Creator eked out a narrow win over Destin in last Saturday’s 148th running of the Belmont Stakes. But the performance of the day, of the week, of the month and of the year so far was the spectacular victory by Frosted in the 123rd edition of the Metropolitan Handicap. “That race yesterday was just a […]

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If you watched the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita back on Feb. 15, it turned out that you got a preview of the Kentucky Derby exacta. Nyquist remained undefeated when he won the San Vicente by 1 1/2 lengths, with Exaggerator finishing second. In this column last week, I wrote: “One scenario I think […]

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