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» good luck, Danette!
10/22/14 11:20 from Blinkers Off
A record 201 horses were pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup this morning.  How many Curlin babies were among them? One. Danette (Sugar Britches, by Dixieland Band), third behind Angela Renee in the Chandelier Stakes (GI) on September...

» Chicago Railbird: 10.22.14
10/22/14 09:06 from Blinkers Off
Mark Cristel started training horses 44 years ago, and is now approaching a career milestone: 1,500 career wins.  This week, Chicago Railbird takes a look at him, a few of the horses he has trained, and two of the races on Wednesday in w...

» Top 10 Breeders’ Cup Trainers
10/21/14 10:00 from NewsWire
  1. D. Wayne Lukas (161-19-22-16) - With by far the most starters, winners, and money earned, it would be hard to put anyone on top of this list other than D. Wayne Lukas. He famously finished 1-2-3 in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Juveni...

» this week in Curlin babies: 10.20.14
10/20/14 23:44 from Blinkers Off
Welcome to another installment of this week in Curlin babies: all the news that’s fit to print about Blinkers Off’s favourite sire.  This week, Sookie cleared the N1X condition at Penn National, and She’s Curly finished a very game...

» Getting to know the 2014 Cox Plate
10/20/14 13:11 from NewsWire
  With a slight lull in American racing until the Breeders’ Cup, I would like to take the opportunity to blog all about one of my favorite races outside of the United States. The Cox Plate is regarded as the best weight-for-age race...

» Euros keep winning, and winning
10/19/14 14:57 from NewsWire
  It’s nothing new to see Europeans come over to North America and win some of our biggest turf races, but of late the trend seems to be more prevalent than ever. What’s more, invaders from across the pond are not only winning major...

» “It’s Party Time in Chicago!”
10/19/14 00:27 from Blinkers Off
We all have lines from race calls that stick in our heads, and pop up in our memories whenever a horse races.  Sometimes, those lines come from huge races, calls we all know by heart: “the unconquerable, unbeatable, invincible, Cig...

» Class and Looks, Discreet Marq has it all
10/18/14 12:51 from NewsWire
  Some horses just grab your soul right away. Whether it be the look in their eye, the color and shine to their coat, their distinctive markings, or simply the way they move, you cannot help but to have a soft spot for them whenever...

» full-card Hawthorne picks and analysis: 10.18.14
10/18/14 11:56 from Blinkers Off
It is Saturday…the final day of Hawthorne’s third racing week.  Blinkers Off is back for another day at the races.  Today’s card features two maiden events, two allowances races, and a range of claiming races.  Racing h...

» Late Pick 4 on Canadian International Day
10/17/14 15:34 from NewsWire
  One of the biggest racing cards of the year north of the border takes place on Sunday at Woodbine . Headlining the huge day of turf racing will be the $1,000,000 Pattison Canadian International for some of the top distance turf ho...

» midweek in Curlin babies: 10.17.14
10/17/14 15:18 from Blinkers Off
Curlin babies updates have been moved to Mondays instead of Thursdays, both in order to accommodate weekend race previews and to be a bit more timely in doing weekend race recaps.  Of course, the Curlin babies race all week, but more of ...

» Chicago Railbird: 10.17.14
10/17/14 10:45 from Blinkers Off
This weekend, Chicago Railbird takes a look at Emmanuel Esquivel.  He is riding more regularly at Hawthorne now than he has since the 2013 Spring meet, and doing very well — he is currently tied for the lead in wins with eight, eig...

» Picks and Ponderings: Canadian International Day at Woodbine
10/17/14 03:39 from Blinkers Off
It is not a stakes weekend at Hawthorne yet; those do not get underway until November.  So, this weekend, Paul Mazur and I are taking another figurative road trip.  This time, it is back to the Great White North for Canadian Internationa...

» 2014 Canadian International Day Stakes Preview
10/17/14 03:26 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Two weeks from now, a worldwide contingent of horseflesh will descend on southern California for the Breeders' Cup.  But the program for this week features a quartet of races that, while not with implications for two weeks from now, is s...

» horse crush: Mischief N Mayhem
10/16/14 14:15 from Blinkers Off
This is Mischief N Mayhem, one of my favourite horses in training. One more of MISCHIEF in the paddock, she stopped and posed but the lighting downstairs doesn't work @rogueclown — ChrissyTina (@Chris...

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