Remembering … Battle of Midway

I will never forget the first time I saw Battle of Midway run. It came in his career debut on January 21, 2017. For this lifelong fan of racing, it was the perfect storm that afternoon, watching the bay colt win at Santa Anita. He was handsome and well bred, from a sire that I always liked. The son of Smart Strike was from connections which I have great respect for, but most of all he displayed everything you want to see in a racehorse in that initial performance.

Carrying the familiar colors of Fox Hill Farm, and battling on the lead through crazy fast fractions, the first time starter had the talent, courage and class to pull away from his competition. That pace was enough to cook most any young horse, but not Battle of Midway. He immediately made his way onto my Kentucky Derby rankings. He also became a horse who I wanted to watch every time he ran.

Bravazo keeps going, and going

Only one horse in 2018 ran in each leg of the Triple Crown, as well as the Breeders’ Cup. Yes, Bravazo is a modern day iron horse. The son of Awesome Again is not the first for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. We only have to recall the schedule of his remarkable filly Lady’s Secret, before she finally went off form

Vasilika is the best horse you’ve never heard of

If you’ve never heard of Vasilika, don’t worry, you’re not alone. A 4-year-old daughter of Skipshot, she was running for a tag of $32,000 just a year ago. In fact, she was even competing in the lower ranks earlier this year. It’s time to get to know her. Armed with a winning streak which has reached eight,

Can Accelerate be Horse of the Year worthy?

No Triple Crown winner has ever been denied the honor of being named Horse of the Year — not one. Therefore, it would be easy to assume that this year’s race was effectively over the exact moment that Justify crossed the wire first in the Belmont Stakes. While many voters undoubtedly considered their …

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