Bill Finley wins Eclipse Award for piece on ‘durability’

Bill Finley won his first Eclipse writing award today for a long piece titled Do We Need a Sturdier Racehorse? that was published in Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN) last month. A well thought out and researched article whose premise is that horses now make significantly less fewer starts than 50 years ago, it explored in-depth … Continue reading Bill Finley wins Eclipse Award for piece on ‘durability’

Neo Universe, Street Cry, and Shamardal share family

Northern Dancer, Halo, Machiavellian, and Danehill are all from the same female family. Click their names and note that each stallion descends in tail female (that’s in direct female descent) to the mare Almahmoud—the second dam of the first two and the fourth dam of the last two named. Northern Dancer’s major male-line influence today … Continue reading Neo Universe, Street Cry, and Shamardal share family

Kadyrov visits UAE and Dubai sentences are reduced

Longtime readers of this blog who have followed the posts here on the assassination of Chechen Sulim Yamadayev in Dubai on World Cup Day 2009 (search using Ramzan Kadyrov, Sulim Yamadayev, Adam Delimkhanov) will be interested in this Huffington Post piece from today on the sentence reversals of the two men convicted in the murder. Click … Continue reading Kadyrov visits UAE and Dubai sentences are reduced

‘Snow’ filly caps fairytale season at Sha Tin with Cup win

Snow Fairy, the Ed Dunlop-trained filly, capped a remarkable European classic season as a dual Oaks winner by snatching the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup  last month against top fillies in Japan and the G1 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup today against older colts in an ambitious foray to the Far East that has paid major dividends … Continue reading ‘Snow’ filly caps fairytale season at Sha Tin with Cup win