2019 Kentucky Derby: Eight Unraced Nominees to Remember

Justify winning the Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography It seems hard to believe, but last year at this time, Triple Crown winner Justify was still a week away from his career debut. Perhaps emboldened by the extraordinary success of the colt who shattered the “Apollo Curse,” seventy unraced horses have been nominated to the 2019 Triple Crown, including three who haven’t even been named yet. If you’re in the mood to look for the second coming of Justify [...]

My Favorite Big Caps

Saturday, March 12, is the Santa Anita Handicap, one of my favorite events of the year. I love Santa Anita and this race has featured a who's who of handicap horses over the years. Seabiscuit, John Henry (twice), Spectacular Bid, Ack Ack, Alysheba, Free House, Game on Dude (3 times!), and of course last year Shared Belief. I thought it would be fun too look back at not only a couple of my favorites, but some of my friends' favorites as [...]

Shared Belief Heads East

With the exception of a rough trip in last fall's Breeders Cup Classic at Santa Anita when he had to settle for fourth as the 5-2 favorite, Shared Belief has been a dominant force on the west coast. On Saturday afternoon he will take his talents on the road for the first time outside of California when he goes postward as the heavy favorite in the Grade II, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (race 12). A four-year-old Candy Ride gelding based at [...]

Big Cap Preview

The best horse in California, the best horse in North America, the best horse in the world (???), steps on to the Santa Anita dirt again this Saturday in hopes of winning one of the most legendary horse races in the nation, the $1m Santa Anita Handicap (race 11, post time 5pm PT). Shared Belief, the talented four-year-old who beat California Chrome relatively easily in the San Antonio in his last, is the 3-5 favorite on the morning line. That’s sort of crazy [...]