Where have you gone, Barbara Budinszki? asks Overdose

It’s not easy conducting an international investigation, in Hungary and Germany, lying in bed on a Sunday afternoon with a laptop perched on my chest in Park Slope, Brooklyn, cup of coffee nearby, but here’s what I’ve come up with: Barbara Budinszky is missing!  She’s not as famous as The Who’s Baba O’Riley, but Where’s … Continue reading Where have you gone, Barbara Budinszki? asks Overdose

Video: Overdose loses in Germany today; win streak ends

Overdose lost the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at Iffezheim Racecourse in the German resort city of Baden-Baden today, ending his undefeated status after 15 starts. A national icon in Hungary, the 5-year-old son of Starborough, attempting an international comeback after battling foot problems for two years, had won the same race in 2008. A winner twice this year in Hungary … Continue reading Video: Overdose loses in Germany today; win streak ends

Uncle Mo’s Saratoga debut today adds more to 2yo division

How about the debut of Uncle Mo today at Saratoga? Click here for the chart of the race, and here for the pedigree. The colt, a $220,000 Keeneland September yearling from the Four Star Sales consignment, is expected to start next in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes. With Kantharos and Boys at Toscanova in the picture, too, … Continue reading Uncle Mo’s Saratoga debut today adds more to 2yo division

Boys at Tosconova stock rises after Trickmeister win Friday

There was significant chatter on Twitter yesterday after Trickmeister, an undefeated son of Proud Citizen, won the nine-furlong Pleasant Colony Stakes at Saratoga Friday by almost 12 lengths. Here’s the race: Thoroughbred Times writer Jeff Lowe was particularly impressed when he tweeted this: “Had to revisit Dutrow’s comments about Boys at Tosconova after what Trickmeister did today. Scary” Both … Continue reading Boys at Tosconova stock rises after Trickmeister win Friday

Sariska’s refusal has some family history, as it turns out

Read with interest one of my favorite blogs the other day, John Sparkman’s “The pedigree Curmudgeon,” specifically his post on Sariska’s refusal to leave the starting stalls Aug. 19 in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks. Read the post here. John speculates on whether pedigree could be a factor for the behavior, and wrote: When a … Continue reading Sariska’s refusal has some family history, as it turns out

Overdose in Baden-Baden for G2 Goldene Peitsche Sunday

Hungarian sprinter and national icon Overdose, unbeaten in 14 starts including two in 2010 but only thrice-raced in two years, has returned to the scene of his breakthrough international performance of 2008, Iffezheim Racecourse in the German resort city of Baden-Baden. It was here in 2008 that Overdose won his first Listed race outside the European backwater … Continue reading Overdose in Baden-Baden for G2 Goldene Peitsche Sunday

New photos of Tesio’s Dormello Stud, home of Nearco, etc.

Federico Tesio at Dormello. The great Italian horseman Federico Tesio bred the unbeaten Nearco, one of the most influential stallions in history, and Ribot, one of the greatest of European racehorses. They, with a dizzying number of other champions, were raised at his Dormello Stud in Northern Italy, situated on the banks of Lake Maggiore. An architect of buildings and … Continue reading New photos of Tesio’s Dormello Stud, home of Nearco, etc.