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    Barbaro Updates: 1015

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Update 6255: My piece, on Barbaro: Legacy of a Champion: Five years after his death, Barbaro’s winning spirit endures .

    Update 6254: Enjoy Black Caviar's 17th win, to remain undefeated: Black Caviar's 17th Straight Win.

    Update 6253: Quoted in the New York Times, with a mention of the book: From Far Back in the Pack to the Lead in ‘War Horse’.

    Paulick Report is back with its Derby index, I am contributing again: Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Another Year, Another Puzzle.

    Update 6252: The book has now received its 50th 5 star rating on Amazon. That was one of my personal goals, so very excited. Thanks for all the support. Now to gear up for the holidays!

    Posted by Alex at 12:51 PM | Comments (1996)

    Barbaro Updates: 1014

    Posted June 29, 2011

    updates are now here.

    Update 6251: I am making some changes regarding how the book is sold on Amazon. The outcome of the changes, for now, means I need to sell my stock of the book at Amazon, which I have now discounted to $22.99. Hope this will help those who have waited, or perhaps those who are planning to buy more copies as gifts, or to donate to libraries etc.

    Update 6250: Looking for feedback on this "flyer", which is designed to broaden the appeal of the book, while also pushing holidays sales: Barbaro book flyer.

    Update 6249: I apologise for the sporadic nature of these updates!

    Here is a new excerpt from the book, where I discuss the horse slaughter issue: from the chapter: My Own Journey.

    Update 6248: A couple of things I forgot to acknowledge last weekend, great wins by Lentenor and Goldikova.

    Now back on the road, Saratoga for a couple of days, and then Indiana!!

    Update 6247: The second half of the three yr old season gets under way this weekend with the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga and the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park serving as key races for the Travers Stakes late in the Saratoga meet.

    TwinSpires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch

    Update 6246: Frankel was incredible today, enjoy the performance: Frankel vs Canford Cliffs * Sussex Stakes 2011.

    Update 6245: Wednesday we have a race to savor at Goodwood (U.K.) with 3yo Frankel, who is undefeated and considered the best horse in the world, taking on Canford Cliffs who most recently defeated the great Goldikova. It is a short field, but has the potential to be a great contest: FRANKEL CAN SEE OFF CLIFFS.

    Update 6244: This week's ABR Facebook Group update: Rewilding, Nathaniel, Workforce, Pool Play, First Dude, book signings, Kindle version.

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    There's no getting around it, this last week was a sad week for horse racing. Rewilding, who had been spectacular less than a month ago at Royal Ascot, lost his life after taking a bad step in the King George on his return to Ascot. Any fan of racing felt the loss of this star. We love our sport, we hate these moments as we love our horses. The race was won by the 3yo Nathaniel, Workforce was runner up, and he may also have sustained an injury. Here is the report, but I would not watch the replay: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2011/07/23/nathaniel-wins-king-george-rewilding-fatally-injured.aspx

    The Del Mar and Saratoga are now underway. Nothing too noteworthy in terms of the racing thus far, although attendance has been encouraging.

    The older horse division lost two more stars state-side last week. Pool Play is out of action indefinitely. He had just won his biggest race of his career, winning the Stephen Foster (G1). First Dude is retired. He won his first Grade 1 race in the Hollywood Gold Cup, and was being touted as one of the leaders of the older-horse division. There is no doubt this division is weak, as it has been for the last few years (bar the distaff side), but this current division is as weak as it gets.

    On the book front an interview was published last week where I discussed the development of Alex Brown Racing, and the writing of the book. Hopefully there are some useful insights for those interested in social media. This is part 1 of that interview: http://bloombergmarketing.blogs.com/bloomberg_marketing/2011/07/about-alex-brown-i-am-a-horseman-who-is-also-an-internet-marketing-geek-i-have-ridden-horses-all-my-life-and-i-have-bee.html Recently I have been planning more book signings, getting ready for Saratoga and other events, and I will be at the Haskell this weekend with the book. I am also in the planning stages to release a Kindle version of the book. It will be interesting to see how that goes, but it should be available within the next month!

    cheers, alex

    Update 6243: A couple of Grade 1 races this weekend stateside, including the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    The race with the most quality this weekend is the King George at Ascot. Last year's Epsom Derby and Arc winner Workforce takes on a small field of real quality: WORKFORCE READY TO SHINE.

    Update 6242: This week's ABR Facebook update: Blind Luck, Havre de Grace, Life at Ten, Delaware Park, Virginia Derby, Breeders' Cup & Lasix, Del Mar, Saratoga, Book signings

    This facebook group e-mails a general update once per week on Tuesdays. You will not receive any other e-mails from this group. Apologies for this being a day late, something was up with the group message system yesterday.

    The highlight of racing last weekend was clearly the duel between Blind Luck and Havre de Grace in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap. These two mares had met on a number of occasions before, and there was a lot of anticipation ahead of this clash. Many times we are let down at a time we expect the most, this time we were not. It was a short field of five, which also included the somewhat controversial Life at Ten.

    Life at Ten led the field quite comfortably, but was overtaken by Havre de Grace as if she was tied to a post. Just at that time Blind Luck started to gather momentum from the back of the field. Truly the stretch run between these two mares exceeded any expectations anyone could have had for the race. Blind Luck just got up in the end, by a nose. It is a race you can watch over and over, and truly enjoy: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2011/07/16/blind-luck-wins-delaware-handicap.aspx

    Congratulations to Delaware Park for hosting what has to be the race of the year so far, in the United States. It was a Grade 2 race that had the class of a Grade 1 race, at a time when we are used to seeing Grade 1 races with Grade 3 runners. Lets also hope these two mares keep meeting; they bring some excitement to our sport!

    I attended the Virginia Derby over the weekend at Colonial Downs, with a book signing. It was a fun evening, and the Derby turned out to be a pretty competitive race in what is a wide-open 3yo division at this point of the year: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2011/07/16/air-support-wins-virginia-derby.aspx

    The best news of the week, last week, was the news that Breeders' Cup intends to ban race-day medication by 2013: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2011/07/14/breeders-cup-phase-out-race-day-medications-by-2013.aspx If we are serious about moving away from race-day medications, we needed some organization to make the first move. Credit to Breeders' Cup for doing so. Honestly though, I think that while lasix is a problem, a larger problem is the use of bute and cortisoid steriods in the joints. But we shall see if that ever gets discussed seriously.

    Keeping things short this week, as I am a day late. Del Mar and Saratoga are ready to open, so the summer seasons are now in full swing! I am planning a number of book signings during the Saratoga meet. I am also planning a fall schedule which currently includes heading out to California, the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park and a couple of events in Indiana: http://alexbrownracing.com/wiki/index.php/Book_signings All fun!

    cheers, alex..


    Update 6241: Racing seasons end this weekend at Hollywood Park and Belmont Park, Saratoga and Del Mar begin their boutique meets next week. Hollywood Park hosts the only Grade 1 stake this weekend, the American Oaks, but the best race of the day is the Delaware Handicap. It is a short field, but Havre de Grace and Blind Luck continue their rivalry, and are joined by Life at Ten.

    I will be at Colonial Downs, doing a book signing. It is their biggest day of the year, the Virginia Derby and the Virginia Oaks: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    Hopefully a fun day of racing, and selling the book!

    Update 6240: This week's ABR Facebook Group message: Cape Blanco, Lasix, Gio Ponti, Hayley Turner, Dream Ahead, Chantal Sutherland, Dudes, Rosie Napravnik, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue.

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    The highlight of racing week, last week, was the win in the Man o' War Stakes by European invader Cape Blanco. Close to the pace throughout the mile and 3/8ths Turf event he drew away by a little over a couple of lengths over U.S. star Gio Ponti. Gio Ponti was looking to win this race for the third year running and get back into the winner's circle, but it was not to be: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2011/07/09/cape-blanco-wins-man-o-war.aspx

    Cape Blanco was a nice 3yo in Europe (Group 1 winner) who seemed to have lost his way a little this year. After reading the above article, the first thing that crossed my mind, which was not noted in the article, is whether Cape Blanco ran on lasix in the Man o' War, something he cannot do in Europe. Sure enough he did. His next potential start might well be the Arlington Million, another race in which he will be able to use the race-day bleeder medication. This is interesting in light of the current debate in our industry about the use of race-day medication. Clearly Cape Blanco's team is pretty happy we do allow the use of lasix over here!

    Cape Blanco was ridden by Jamie Spencer, a star rider in Europe has had a few less enterprising experiences over here in the past. His commitment to ride in the Man o' War over the weekend helped provide the opportunity for female phenom jockey Hayley Turner to ride a Group 1 winner in Europe under Dream Ahead in the July Cup: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2011/07/09/dream-ahead-wins-july-cup.aspx Hayley is only the second female jockey to ride a Group 1 winner in Britain.

    Over on the west coast another female phenom jockey, the gorgeous Chantal Sutherland who is also featured in my book, almost won a Grade 1 on Game on Dude in the Hollywood Gold Cup. She was second, beaten a whisker, by First Dude: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2011/07/09/first-dude-wins-hollywood-gold-cup.aspx What this race illustrated, more than anything, is there really is no standout on the west coast right now.

    There was plenty of other graded stakes action in the U.S. over the weekend. I spent time at Delaware Park on Saturday (two graded stakes and the Barbaro Stakes) signing books. It was a great afternoon! Unfortunately for jockey Rosie Napravnik, she had been injured earlier in the week and will be out for a while. If she was healthy, she would have had a banner day!

    On Sunday I went up to upstate New York to a showing event that showcased Off Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) to benefit Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue: http://www.akindalehorserescue.org/ It was a fantastic afternoon, and I even helped out a little: http://twitpic.com/5o8s8j

    That's it for last week! cheers, alex

    Update 6239: A couple of top class older horses are in competition today. With good performances they could make strides for voting in the (wide open) older horse division this year. Gio Ponti will attempt to win the Man o' War at Belmont Park for the third year in a row. It won't be easy but he will likely be the favorite. On the other coast Twirling Candy looks to bolster his credentials in the Hollywood Gold Cup. Much closer to home we have a nice stakes schedule at Delaware Park this afternoon, which includes the Barbaro Stakes. I will be on hand, with my book! It is also a big day at Calder, with their "Summit of Speed" program: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    The big race, this weekend, in the U.K. is the July Cup at Newmarket. Another sprint with a deep field as is more typical of the top sprint races in Europe. Australia's Star Witness is one of the very noteworthy runners: DREAMING OF CUP SUCCESS.

    I have a busy weekend with the book. I will be at Delaware Park at afternoon on Saturday. On Sunday I will be in upstate New York (Berne) at a showing event that celebrates OTTBs: Shadowbrook Farms Equine Facility.

    Update 6238: Here is the Alex Brown Racing Facebook Tuesday update: So You Think, Workforce, Courageous Cat, Uncle Mo, Timeform Rankings, Book.

    And copied here:

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    The highlight of the last week was clearly the match-up between Australian super star So You Think, and Epsom Derby and Arc winner Workforce, in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown (U.K.) So You Think had recently tasted defeat at Royal Ascot, so it was important for him to get back on track. It was a short field of only five runners, one of which was in the race to ensure a good pace for Workforce. The pacemaker did his job superbly, Workforce took up the running three furlongs from home, and it looked for a while like he was going to get home comfortably. So You Think appeared to struggle a little between the quarter pole and eighth pole, but then found another gear. Wow, what a finish, So You Think collared his rival and won by half a length. Here is the report, which also links to a "must see" video of the race: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2011/07/02/so-you-think-wins-eclipse.aspx

    It is hard to follow that performance, with the performances we had state-side this weekend in the various graded stakes. The one horse who did win, who I do believe can compete with some of the best around the world, is Courageous Cat. He won the Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2011/07/02/courageous-cat-charges-to-shoemaker-mile-win.aspx Of course if he does go to the Breeders' Cup, he may have to face Goldikova and Canford Cliffs, it will be interesting.

    A quick survey of the top 3yos in North America and the reality of our racing can be a little grim; half of the top money earners are on the shelf for one reason or another. Last year's champion 2yo, Uncle Mo, who has been out of action since scratching from the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled to return to Pletcher's barn at Saratoga. Hopefully his return will provide us some added interest. Looking at the global rankings of horses around the world, U.S. based horses seem to be getting overlooked. Certainly the rankings are created by a non-U.S. based organization, but it makes poor reading for fans of U.S. racing: http://www.timeform.com/display_articles.asp?page=Global_Rankings.asp

    On the book front, the book received a nice review in the July issue of the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar: http://twitter.com/#!/AlexBrownRacing/status/87195562885120000 I am now planning a west coast book signing trip for early October, and I am looking forward to Saturday at Delaware Park. I will be there, signing books for Barbaro Stakes day, it is also Oaks day so should be a great afternoon of racing at Delaware Park. If you have read the book, and would be interested in providing a review, I would really appreciate it: http://www.amazon.com/Greatness-Goodness-Barbaro-his-Legacy/dp/0983213909/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309438435&sr=1-1

    cheers, alex


    Update 6237: Today's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park did not disappoint. It was a terrific clash between two superstars, the Australian transplant So You Think and the Epsom Derby and Arc winner Workforce. Workforce had a pacemaker in the race, who did his job. Workforce took up the running with 3 furlongs left to run and it looked for a while like So You Think lacked that extra gear to take on his foe. However inside the last furlong he found that gear and wore down Workforce for a 3/4 length victory. This is a race worth seeing, over and over again. Here is the report: SO YOU THINK WINS ECLIPSE THRILLER and enjoy the video of the race!

    Update 6236: I have resurrected the Alex Brown Racing facebook group. Here is the message I sent out today to the group: ABR Group is back, Book Update.

    July 4th weekend brings a slew of graded stakes to follow: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch. Of all the horses running this weekend, stateside, the one that intrigues me the most is Courageous Cat. On pure talent alone, I think he is a potential superstar. The most popular horse running this weekend may be General Quarters, in the Firecracker at Churchill Downs.

    The standout race of the weekend however looks to be the five runner Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park in the U.K. It features the Australian superhorse So You Think against the brilliant Workforce, who won last year's Epsom Derby and Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe. Short field but super exciting!

    Update 6235: Thoroughbred Times has released a list of "Unsung Heroes" of our sport. I am very flattered to be included thanks to the nomination of the Jacksons, and of course all the work done by everyone on this site: THOROUGHBRED TIMES unveils inaugural 'Unsung Heroes' class.

    Update 6234: Updates will start to appear in some random fashion from now going forward. One thing I did want to highlight was this video that Knowledge @ Wharton just published, that was recorded just before I left for the beginning of my book signing "tour": Author Alex Brown talks about his book 'Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy.' Frankly, it's a huge deal for me to have the support of Wharton!

    Lately I have been riding a few horses at Fair Hill, which helps supplement my book selling income. About 2,100 copies of the book have been sold. I am now in a bit of a lull period, before I ramp up for later in the summer. I am planning events at Delaware Park, Saratoga, Monmouth, Woodbine and various other locations to help market the book.

    Posted by Alex at 2:27 PM | Comments (1168)

    Barbaro Updates: 1013

    Posted June 6, 2011

    Update 6233: Book ordering options for direct purchases:

    To order 1 - 3 books, USPS Priority Shipping:

    Quantity ordered

    To order a signed copy, you can use paypal or any credit card by using the option above. The price includes shipping, and only within the United States. Also send me an e-mail IF you want me to personalize the message.

    To order in larger quantities (5, 10 or 20), shipped USPS Media Mail, that will be signed, you can use the following options which include signifcant discounts:

    Quantity ordered

    The book is also available on Amazon.com, where you can also read reviews.

    Posted by Alex at 10:22 PM | Comments (298)

    Barbaro Updates: 1012

    Posted April 27, 2011

    updates are now here.

    Update 6232: Lots of pictures of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, more will be posted over the next few weeks!

    Update 6231: It's Derby day!

    As a Derby weekend special, each book, purchased from amazon.com this weekend, $5 will be donated to Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue.

    Update 6230: A light schedule of graded stakes on offer this weekend as we are only a week away from the Kentucky Derby. Summer is also just around the corner with the openings of Churchill Downs and Belmont Park this weekend: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch.

    Update 6229: I am now heading back to Kentucky for a four day swing (Thursday - Sunday). The schedule is:

    Joseph-Beths (Thursday 7pm), this event includes a talk and question and answer session.

    Kentucky Derby Museum (Friday 10 am), April 29 celebrates Barbaro's birthday!

    Old Friends (Saturday 1 pm), we will be supporting Old Friends, $32 / book will be contributed to Old Friends.

    the Morris book shop (Sunday 1 pm), this will be an event with several authors.

    Hopefully it will be a fun four days, if you are in Kentucky it would be great to see you at one or more of these events. If you know others in Kentucky who might be interested in attending these events, please let them know!

    I will then be returning to Pennsylvania for a couple of days before returning to Kentucky for the Derby!

    Posted by Alex at 12:01 PM | Comments (729)

    Barbaro Updates: 1011

    Posted March 25, 2011

    updates are now here.

    Update 6228: A lighter schedule of racing this weekend as we get to within two weeks of the Kentucky Derby: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    I am coming to the end of this swing of my book signing tour. I will be at Sam Houston Race Park tonight, and then heading back to Pennsylvania for a couple of days. I am getting light on books, so I am experimenting with an "Amazon Special." For each book sold on amazon this weekend, I will contribute $5 to LOPE, the organization here in Texas that helps with retired race horses and the beneficiary of my book signing tonight at the track. Anyone in Texas, hopefully this is a cool way to support a great organization!

    I will plan similar weekend events in the future, starting with the Kentucky Derby weekend and supporting Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue.

    Update 6227: Review of the book by about.com. This is the same people as the first review, but in a different format.

    Update 6226: First review of the book, from Horse-Races.Net.

    Update 6225: Lots of racing action for this weekend, which includes the final two key preps for the Kentucky Derby. Keeneland hosts the Bluegrass Stakes, and Oaklawn Park hosts the Arkansas Derby: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    Update 6224: Phew, it's time to do an update on the book! I am now in Houston, Texas, chilling out for a few days ahead of a few book events next week. It will be good to get a couple of days of downtime.

    So far I have had 10 book signings, starting in PA and as far west as Oklahoma, and as far south as Florida. The reception for the book has been very promising; 390 books have been sold through the book signings so far. About 230 books have also been sold through amazon.com. People can order the book, via amazon.com anywhere in the world, other than Canada, which just seems a bit bizarre to me.

    While I don't have the details in front of me, I am guessing I have sold about 150 books directly, and the book is also available in more than 20 retail outlets. I do not have the specific numbers from sales from those outlets, but would guess at about 100 books total.

    So about a month into launching the book sales are about 800 in total, which I think is a decent start. I am now waiting for reviews of the book to be published, hoping that will help stimulate sales. And of course the closer we get to the Triple Crown, I am hoping that that helps ramp up interest in the book with some potential media coverage and some advertising on my part.

    It's all very exciting, but a little nerve wracking too!

    Update 6223: Lots of graded stakes action this weekend, with key races from Keeneland, Aqueduct, Santa Anita, Oaklawn and Hawthorne. Three races are cosidered Kentucky Derby preps, although we have lost a couple of key contenders: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    I'll be at Keeneland on Saturday, and Oaklawn Park on Sunday, signing books.

    Update 6222: It's Gulstream Park's marquee weekend of racing which includes a key Derby prep race in the Florida Derby: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    Update 6221: I am now in New Orleans, in preparation for today's book signing at the Fair Grounds. It will be interesting to see how my first book signing at a racetrack goes!

    The Fair Grounds hosts its biggest day of racing today of the meet, headlined by the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. Earlier in our day Dubai hosts its marquee event, the Dubai World Cup, which helps make this a very interesting weekend of racing: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    Update 6220: The first two book signings, on the road, have been a great success. At Aiken we had a great crowd and sold about fifty books. I also now have the book available in two stores in Aiken and one in Camden, South Carolina. At the book signing at Cumming, in Georgia we also sold about the same amount of books and enjoyed hanging out with some of the rescue horses at Save The Horses. For the first three book signings combined we have now raised more than $1,000 for equine related charities. Very cool!

    The book has been getting some great press too, both with the Daily Racing Form (New Barbaro book details the colt's legacy
    ) and At The Races with Steve Byk.

    And here is a very cool picture.

    Posted by Alex at 12:53 PM | Comments (513)

    Barbaro Updates: 1010

    Posted February 4, 2011

    updates are now here.

    Update 6219: The first book signing, in Quarryville PA, was a great success. I had hoped to sell 40 books, we sold 80 books and had a lot of fun! Thank you everyone for your support.

    On Monday I visited the various retailers in the area that have the book, to make sure they had enough while I was on the road, which is where I am now. I stayed last night in Camden, and today I am heading to Aiken for a book signing. Tomorrow it will be Georgia, and then on Saturday I will be at the fair Grounds for the Louisiana Derby, signing books. It should be a very interesting few days! Here is the entire book signing schedule.

    Update 6218: A decent slate of graded stakes are on offer this weekend, including the Rebel Stakes from Oaklawn Park, a key prep for the Arkansas Derby. The popular Blind Luck will also be running at Oaklawn Park in the Azeri Stakes: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    The book has now be out for about a week. I am guessing 300 copies have been sold so far. The feedback has been quite positive, so I am super psyched. A few retailers now have the book, including the Kentucky Derby Museum gift shop.

    Book signings begin on Sunday, at Quarryville, PA (1 - 4pm). I will be very interested to see how this first event unfolds! Following the signing we will have a celebratory drink!

    Update 6217: Well it's been a very hectic few days with the book. They arrived on Thursday, one day ahead of schedule, which was great! So Thursday was mostly about unloading nearly 5,000 books, into my house. On Friday I did a little test shipping with the help of a friend who has done a lot of shipping, and sold a few books locally. I also visited a couple of retail stores, the first to make the book available is the Chester County Book and Music Company! Here I am with the book on display.

    I also shipped 100 books to Amazon, and was told it would take a couple of weeks for the book to go online on Amazon.

    On Saturday I went into Fair Hill to see if anyone wanted to buy the book. Here is trainer Mike Trombetta, with his new copy.

    On Monday I sent out 27 packages via the postal service, I am starting to get more comfortable with that process. Amazingly the books I sent to Amazon on Friday were available for sale Monday afternoon, so now the easiest way for anyone to buy a book, in the US, is to purchase directly from Amazon.com.

    Update 6216: This weekend's graded stakes races, we also have the current Derby favorite, Uncle Mo, running in the non-graded Timely Writer: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    I will do an update, tomorrow, with everything that has gone on with the book. Suffice it to say, the last few days have been crazy, in a good way!

    Update 6215: Well I had six books, now I have one left and am now waiting for the main shipment to arrive, which will be a few days yet! I donated one book to a silent auction over the weekend. It was bid up to $130. I was pretty psyched about that, I had intended to bid up to about $70 myself. I wanted to make sure the book earned some money for the charity and I could have used it over the next week or so. But I did not need to bid!

    I had a few books sent to a friend of mine near the Toronto area, they arrived yesterday. Hopefully I will do a book signing up in the Woodbine area, so the books are now already there!

    We made a short video yesterday, to serve as a "trailer" for the book. I hope you enjoy it: GREATNESS AND GOODNESS: BARBARO AND HIS LEGACY - BOOK PREVIEW BY ALEX BROWN. It would be great if you would share this video with your friends!

    Update 6214: This weekend's graded stakes races include Grade 1 races from Santa Anita (including the Santa Anita Handicap) and the Gotham Stakes from New York: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    The highlight for me this week was the arrival of the first 6 books! They were expressed shipped to me from the printers, the remainder are being trucked and will be approximately another couple of weeks. The feedback from those who have seen the books has been positive. Tonight will be an interesting test, one is being auctioned off at an event I will be attending!

    HRTV has been in the area this week conducting a number of interviews for a piece on Barbaro it plans to air in April. I interviewed with them yesterday afternoon, I had just received the books! Here is HRTV's Kristen Rocky, checking out the book.

    Update 6213: I have been working on details of the book signing schedule. I am looking at adding locations that are on the route I will be driving. This may include South Carolina and Georgia for example. An FOB has made a very generous off; she will donate $1 per book sold at a book signing, up to $500, to be split between the Laminitis Fund and Canter MD. Just very cool.

    On the racing front Gulfstream hosted the key races. Nicanor ran a decent race I thought, in very tough company for a first race after a bit of a break. Hopefully it will set him up well for his next start. Flashpoint and Soldat ran great races in the Triple Crown preps to signal they are serious contenders.

    Update 6212: The focus of this weekend's racing will be on Gulfstream Park. They host a couple of Derby preps, which include one of the leading candidates for the Derby in To Honor and Serve. On Sunday Nicanor will return to the races in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    Today I had an interesting conversation with Amazon.com It looks like it makes sense for me to use their fulfillment service and make the book available on Amazon.com Not only will this reduce my own logistical work, but Amazon are able to heavily subsidize the cost of shipping the book out. I also went into Fair Hill and showed the book proof to a few people, including Bruce Jackson at the Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center. We talked about the Center stocking a few copies and making them available for visitors. I left the book proof at Equine Vet Care and will pick it up tomorrow.

    Update 6211: I had an interview today with a local reporter, as a result of stopping by the offices of Chester County Press last week. We met at the West Grove library, where I am scheduled to do a presentation on the book in late May. We met for 90 minutes, as I went through the proof of the book and we chatted about why I wrote the book etc. It was a very enjoyable meeting, and hopefully Nancy will write a nice story ahead of the first book signing in Quarryville on March 20. Nancy was pretty interested in the illustrations for the book, she knows the illustrator!

    When the mail arrived today I received a check for $36. Someone has bought a book! The first sale, although they are not yet on sale. Very cool nonetheless. I also had an e-mail exchange with the consulting firm I have been working with in order to put the book together. The books may be arriving a day or two later than we had hoped. I have some flexibility in the schedule, but it adds a little stress.

    Finally HRTV is planning a Barbaro update (five years on from his Derby), and will be in the area next week doing interviews. They may interview me. I hope I will have an advanced copy of the book to show them.

    Update 6210: The big news today is that the Keeneland Library may host me as part of a Speakers Series, on April 16 which is Bluegrass Stakes day. It is not yet confirmed but I am excited about it. I have enjoyed my visits to the library, and to speak about Barbaro, and the book, at the library would be an honor. I also had a good conversation this morning with Joe Drape (New York Times). He gave me some additional ideas about marketing the book.

    One day closer ...

    On the racing front, the biggest news today was the mating of Zenyatta and Bernardini: Horse of the Year Zenyatta Bred to Bernardini.

    Update 6209: I am now going to return to almost daily updates on this site. The focus will shift now towards the Barbaro book I have been writing, and am nearly ready to sell. I will also filter in current horse racing news as we begin to focus on the Triple Crown.

    Today I visited with Ellen Harvey, Executive Director of Harness Racing Communications, and Dr. Patty Hogan of Hogan Equine.

    I had met Ellen once before, during a trip to New Holland. Ellen has been very helpful to me in terms of teaching me a little about the standard bred world, and also has some book experience in terms of helping with the excellent book, Crazy Good. I had not met Dr. Hogan before, but I knew her by reputation. She has testified in Washington on the horse slaughter issue. Anyway, it was a fun meeting, showing the proof of my book and talking about some of the issues I addressed in the book. Here is Dr. Hogan, with the book, in her office.

    On my way to New Jersey, I stopped in our local gas station and bumped into Dr. Kathy Anderson. I had not seen her for a while, so got a chance to show her the proof. She seemed excited. She is off to Dubai early next week, IF I can get the book by then (first half dozen books are supposed to be express mailed to me sometime in the next few days) she wants to take a copy to Dubai. Fingers crossed! It will be a few more weeks then until the 5,000 arrive!

    Finally, I am again contributing to the Paulick Report's weekly Derby list. I am not sure you want to follow my picks, but it's fun to see who is being picked and what the leading horses are up to: Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Risen Star Coming Up Strong.

    And here is the Barbaro book page for all the latest information.

    Update 6208: A number of grade 2 and grade 3 events on offer this holiday weekend: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    I have now created a web page that includes everything about my upcoming Barbaro book.

    Update 6207: Three year olds are in action this weekend with three Graded stakes on offer for that division, among a busier weekend for racing: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    Update 6206: Three Grade 1 races are on tap this weekend, the highlight of which is the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park: Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch.

    I am starting to organize a few book signings. This weekend I am heading to Kentucky to try to arrange a few more signings ahead of the Kentucky Derby!

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