Russian racehorses, the Kentucky Derby, and a glue truck

The Russian combination of Gennadi Dorochenko and owner Vladimir Kazakov, who recently won a stakes race on the Arlington Million undercard, may eventually change the perception of Russian racehorses as more than low-level performers, but for now they are strictly second-class citizens on the international stage. Sunday’s Russian Derby at the Moscow Hippodrome, won by a … Continue reading Russian racehorses, the Kentucky Derby, and a glue truck

Johar colt wins Russian Derby; a Lemon Drop Kid wins Oaks

A Russian-bred colt from US-based Johar’s third crop won the 2400-meter Russian Derby (a dirt race) at the Central Moscow Hippodrome Sunday, Aug. 21. Owned and bred by the Donskoi Stud, one of the leading breeding farms in Russia, the Johar colt defeated a Canadian-bred Singspiel and a US-bred More Than Ready. Named Arjuna, the … Continue reading Johar colt wins Russian Derby; a Lemon Drop Kid wins Oaks

Union Rags: Video, sales results for sire, and Today column

Union Rags won the Grade 2 Three Chimneys Saratoga Special Stakes Monday, dueling from the start, ridden with purpose on the turn, and busily handled throughout the lane by jockey Javier Castellano. The Dixie Union colt was making only his second start and unexpectedly veered out in the stretch, too, before Castellano straightened him and … Continue reading Union Rags: Video, sales results for sire, and Today column

Polish form, Equineline, Electra Deelites, and the G3 Derby

After the ex-Polish filly Santina Dond won the Hatoof Stakes on the Arlington Million undercard Saturday, I examined her only two Polish starts at age two in 2010 and found that she was two for two and she’d won the most prestigious stakes race for two-year-old colts OR fillies, the Nagroda Dakoty at Sluzewiec. However, … Continue reading Polish form, Equineline, Electra Deelites, and the G3 Derby