2009 Belmont Day

6:55 p.m. update: 11-1 Summer Bird wins the Belmont Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths. Dunkirk is second, favored Mine That Bird third.

Published on June 6, 2009 by Jessica Chapel
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Remembering Joe

Joe Hirsch got the right kind of send-off, appealing to both the highbrow and lowbrow, with heartfelt, choking speeches but also waitresses milling about the room plying bracing Bloody Mary’s and cheap champagne mimosas.

Published on June 5, 2009 by Blinkers Off
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In the Final Analysis

Stunned by Mine That Bird’s upset win in the Kentucky Derby, special correspondent Blinkers Off stumbles to the Churchill Downs backstretch seeking answers.

Published on May 3, 2009 by Blinkers Off
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Derby Day Intrigue

It’s not surprising the bad and weird news the morning of the Kentucky Derby would come from trainer Jeff Mullins and IEAH. If anyone was going to scratch out of the Derby, it was likely favorite I Want Revenge.

Published on May 2, 2009 by The Editors
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A Grand Assignment

The longer Oaks Day goes, the lengthier the span of time between races. When the seventh race lazed into view — around 1:40 p.m. — there were 30 minutes to post, and it was time to fidget then time to ramble.

Published on May 1, 2009 by Blinkers Off
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Riffraff in the Rain

No surprise when the media is treated like dogs, but today we actually looked like mangy mongrels after tramping through the Churchill barn area all morning as monsoon-strength rains passed through, courtesy of a laughing God.

Published on April 30, 2009 by Blinkers Off
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