was a David Milch-created show on HBO last year. It was cancelled after one season. Some of you might have dug it. If so, you might also dig Out of Luck
: "The following blog is the writer’s depiction of an imagined racetrack-based story, an ongoing saga, which includes some of the characters depicted in the ill-fated Luck
series." It's written by John Perrotta who was a writer/producer/story editor on the show.
posted by dobbs
on Feb 19, 2013 -
Daily Racing Form: from nags to doping!
Horse racing is one of the oldest pastimes, with wagering on the nags following closely after. Betting intelligently requires either a good eye or an available record of past performance. Originally a Chicago newspaper, this periodical gives the tout the inside scoop on past performances. The monumental digitization of this paper brings a new light
on racing sport. And they're off and running...
posted by mfoight
on Oct 24, 2011 -
Secretariat - The Movie
opens next week in the US. A feminist
or a Christian
angle might wring some suspense out of one of the least underdoggy sports stories ever filmed, but at least it's an excuse watch Secretariat's three perfect Triple Crown races again.
The Kentucky Derby
, relentless come-from-behind classic. For a sense of the speed-- the unfortunate Sham, coming in two lengths behind, is also breaking the track record.
The unique backstretch run in the Preakness Stakes
, may well be the fastest a horse has ever moved. If you watch one race, it should be the transcendent Belmont Stakes
. With Inspirational Soundtrack! [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse
on Oct 2, 2010 -
Commonwealth, schmommonwealth. The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are on.
Horse lovers the world over are enthralled by the high drama and hijinks in Lexington, Kentucky this week. Already there's been a controversial withdrawal following a travel-related mishap
(on the very same flight hilariously previewed here.
) In all the excitement, Eitan Beth-Halachmy, a "cowboy dressage" rider in the opening ceremony, seems to have burst a spleen.
As expected, the Dutch took the gold medal in Dressage despite one of their team being disqualified with a horse bleeding from the mouth.
Some point to training methods like rollkur, or hyperflexion,
saying they are cruel and abusive. The FEI has banned rollkur; former advocates say that what they do is not rollkur, but "LDR" (long, deep and round.) Look at the lawsuits fly!
In happier news, the gloriously named Nobby took the gold medal in the Endurance event.
"He could go another 100 miles today if you wanted him to," rider Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton said of the 15-year-old bay Arab gelding. Still to come, the equestrian triathlon: Eventing! [more inside]
posted by rdc
on Sep 29, 2010 -
may be the greatest mare ever. Even if your not normally into race horses, it's worth seeing this one, there may not be another like her. Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote Seabiscuit
, explains why
(NPR 6min). [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 17, 2010 -
Perhaps you think you've had your fill of photographs of decaying architecture and abandoned buildings. If so, the rich color and play of light in Michael Eastman's beautiful body of work
from Cuba, Europe, and the U.S. may change your mind. His site is flash - for non-flash folks, the Duane Reed Gallery
has additional works, including his B&W portfolios on horses, landscapes, and succulents. (no relation to the Kodak family; via BB-Blog)
posted by madamjujujive
on Aug 23, 2008 -
Located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, tiny Sable Island
has a population of about 15 humans, assorted marine birds and seals, and more than 300 wild horses. The island
is a bastion of purity, wildness and beauty unmatched in the world. [more inside]
posted by loiseau
on Apr 6, 2008 -
are not always good role models. Just in case you thought the craziness was limited to this one book, the authors proudly present a "true crime" glimpse
into a shadowy world of... okay, I actually have no idea
what they're talking about. Ah, the joys of vanity publishing
posted by OverlappingElvis
on May 16, 2007 -
in the Netherlands--after a heavy storm in October, 100+ horses were standed on a small island. Here's how they were rescued.Google video; alternate YouTube link. Warning: Vangelis music.
posted by fandango_matt
on Nov 29, 2006 -