Good Night Shirt, Voss reach Hall of Fame

Good Night Shirt, the Eclipse Award winner for champion steeplechase horse in 2007 and 2008, and the late Tom Voss, a five-time National Steeplechase Association leader in wins and a three-time leader in earnings, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by the Museum’s Steeplechase Review Committee.

Monday Afternoon Rewind: Taking stock

As we say most weeks, we’ll take the good, bad, ugly or indifferent as long as we at least get a few winners sprinkled in here and there. Every (most) Monday we look back at last week’s Saturday Special to see if we did uncover any winners and hint at some good stories to come.

O Dionysus gets two-turn test in Private Terms

Everybody knows the 3-year-old preps in Florida: Holy Bull, Fountain of Youth, Florida Derby; in Louisiana: LeComte, Risen Star, Louisiana Derby; in Arkansas: Southwest, Rebel, Arkansas Derby; in California: Robert Lewis, San Felipe, Santa Anita Derby; and in New York: Withers, Gotham, Wood Memorial.

But how are you with the Maryland path to the Triple Crown races?

The Saturday Special – March 18

Another memorable Cheltenham Festival in the books, St. Patrick’s Day come and gone and an overload of college basketball the last two days present the perfect opportunity to shift attention a bit and soak in some quality racing from here in the U.S. Oaklawn Park and the Rebel Stakes take center stage this week and we’ve got the whole card covered in The Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud.

Cheltenham Day 4: Nichols Canyon books ticket to Iroquois

Ruby Walsh tilts his head. Smiles, squints, smirks. And whispers words. They slide out of the side of his mouth, like dice into a corner of a craps table. Not many, but pertinent, pointed words, water to the parched. He’s done this his whole career, after wins and losses, to his father, Ted, to Paul Nicholls and so, so many to Willie Mullins. The words are secrets to us – the fans, the punters – and doled out to the insiders, the ones standing in the winner’s enclosure, gleeful, or the unsaddling enclosure, glum. Yesterday, he doled out four to me. Yes, four words, in the heat of Cheltenham, between saluting the crowd, weighing in and holding the trophy.

Cheltenham Day 3: One for the Stayers

Don’t ever be afraid of one horse. That’s what the oldtimers always say. Well, there were nine who were plenty scared of Douvan but showed up for the Queen Mother Champion Chase anyway. Veteran chaser Special Tiara certainly didn’t look or act scared, scampering away from the peerless Douvan, who jumped inconsistently and without any of his usual acuity. It was over early as veteran chaser Special Tiara and veteran jockey Noel Fehily put Douvan and his other foes on the defense from the outset.