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  • building Catholic Boy’s foundation
    When I think of Catholic Boy, I think of the unheralded hard work that goes into building a great horse’s foundation.  I think of running in circles, measured circles, incessant circles. In the week and a half leading up to the Breeders’ Cup last year, I spent the mornings trackside,
    via Blinkers Off on August 26, 2018 1:13 pm
  • No Wonder, Gadot’s Gonna Win the Travers
    A lot of people -- well, 2 or 3 -- have asked who I think will win the Midsummer Derby, officially the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, so I'll treat this like the Haskell and break it down in hopes of helping you cash some winning tickets on Saturday.It's going to
    via NJ Horseplayer on August 24, 2018 11:08 pm
  • Racetrackers – with special guest Ken McPeek – Travers special
    This week we talk with trainer Ken McPeek about his Alabama Stakes victory and his efforts in racing media. We also go over the Travers Stakes card.  
    via Racetrackers Podcast on August 23, 2018 8:00 pm
  • Taking Stock: Kumin’s Partnerships Are In Plain Sight
    If it wasn’t obvious before, it should be now. Since appearing on the scene four-plus years ago, Sol Kumin’s various racing partnerships–notably Head of Plains Partners, Madaket Stables, Monomoy Stables, and Sheep Pond Partners–have become ubiquitous on weekends and astonishingly successful at the highest levels. All told, the Kumin entities
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on August 23, 2018 4:58 pm
  • Into The Stretch: Saratoga Events, August 21 – September 3
    A week from right now I’ll have just finished my first back-to-school meeting and I’ll be waiting to greet my student teacher–the first time I’ve worked with one. I’ll be anticipating a chunk of multi-hour meetings and planning sessions, and then running to the train station to come back up
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 21, 2018 11:34 am
  • Broodmare Watch: Clem Gem
    For over a year now, I’ve casually perused claiming races with an eye on the pedigrees of claiming-level mares that I think have broodmare potential. I’ve decided to share these mares with the public, along with a few hypothetical matings that I find interesting. The first edition of this will
    via Better Talk Now on August 19, 2018 2:31 pm
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