And For His Next Trick, Sun Tzu Will Write The Sequel To All The Pretty…

"The strain, my dear, the strain. I have attended wars which seemed less emotional experiences than Pony Club polo matches." Note to columnists: War is never a good analogy. Especially when you're writing about tony ponies. [Daily Mail] » 7/16/09 12:00pm 7/16/09 12:00pm

Now Batting Cleanup For Your Atlanta Braves: Barbaro

He is risen. Barbaro Canizares is his name. The Braves just called him up from Triple-A Gwinnett, and he's hitting behind Chipper Jones at this very moment. At the plate, he is, by all accounts, a stud. » 6/11/09 2:45pm 6/11/09 2:45pm

There Is Another: Brother Of Barbaro Romps In First Win

Barbaro's full brother, 3-year-old Nicanor, broke his maiden Wednesday by 15 1/4 lengths at Delaware Park. Fans of the late Barbaro reacted with typically cool understatement. One told the New York Times: "Wahhhooooo!" » 5/14/09 6:15pm 5/14/09 6:15pm

Deadspin Is Your Home For The Only Horse Racing News That Matters

How did we miss this? Last week, Churchill Downs unveiled a life-sized statue of Deadspin's 2006 Sports Human of the Year Barbaro, who was a horse. My love. Affirmed. NEVER FORGET. [CBS News] » 5/03/09 12:00pm 5/03/09 12:00pm

Time For 2008 SHOTY Nominations

The time has come, ladies and gentlefolk. (We're actually starting a little bit late.) The 2008 Sportshuman Of The Year awards are about to grace you with their presence, and, as always » 11/18/08 6:30pm 11/18/08 6:30pm, we need your nominations over here. This is the third annual SHOTY tournament. The first winner , and the second one . So it's…

Deadspin HOF Nominee: Barbaro

One SHOTY winner » 8/22/08 3:00pm 8/22/08 3:00pm looks like he's gonna make it into the Hall this year. The other is up for an unprecedented third time. Is this the year? Can't a dead horse catch a break? Honestly, if he doesn't make it this year, I plan on putting him up for nomination as long as the site exists anyway. Why not? Don't we kind of…

Dee Mirich Says Goodbye To Our Editor In Her Own Special Way

She doesn't actually mention him by name, but we know that prolific Internet horse poet Dee Mirich has been touched in a profound way by Will's imminent departure. Just read between the lines of her latest poem and you'll find a stirring tribute to Will, Deadspin, and of course Grade II Peter Pan Stakes winner Casino… » 6/25/08 3:30pm 6/25/08 3:30pm

Prepare Thyself For Impending Debut Of Barbaro's Brother. Oy


Just because you have a famous brother doesn't mean that you will approach the heights of greatness yourself, as anyone who has seen a Daniel Baldwin movie will readily attest. We've previously written about Barbaro's younger brother, of course, but now the horse — named Nicanor — is ready to make his racing debut.… » 5/14/08 6:30pm 5/14/08 6:30pm

Dee Mirich Cranks Out The Classic Of All Classics

Many of us have wondered why prolific message board poet Dee Mirich has remained silent on the tragic Eight Belles Kentucky Derby accident. After all, when Barbaro fell, you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting one of her offerings. But now all is clear: Ms. Mirich had been working feverishly on her magnum opus;… » 5/12/08 12:35pm 5/12/08 12:35pm

It's Getting Crowded In Horse Valhalla

Eight Belles is probably in Heaven by now, galloping in fields of clover on four sturdy legs and eating tasty apples. No, I'm not sure which friends she's romping about with up there (a safe bet; one of them is not Christopher Reeve). Down here on earth, though, things are quite unsettled. Who is to blame? Could the… » 5/05/08 11:10am 5/05/08 11:10am

One Year Since We Lost The Horse That Cured Cancer


By now, you've surely heard: Barbaro will be buried at Churchill Downs. You really need to see how poorly everyone handled it at the press conference. » 1/29/08 5:40pm 1/29/08 5:40pm

Barbaro To Live On (Upside Down) In Central Park

We had made a vow that we would go at least a month without mentioning Barbaro. And then we learned that they're making an upside down statue of Barbaro to be placed in Central Park. And we realized that resistance was futile. » 1/25/08 11:40am 1/25/08 11:40am

Hey, Everyone! They're About To Bury Barbaro! Finally!


We're just a couple weeks away from the year anniversary of the day Barbaro galloped off this mortal coil, and no one has decided yet what to do with his ashes. It's a big concern. Really. » 1/17/08 5:10pm 1/17/08 5:10pm

There's Something About Mirich

I used to think that I knew what Dee Mirich was writing about. I would read her impassioned, fractured poetry on various horse racing message boards, and nod knowingly. "Yes," I would say to myself, "Angels DO prefer hitching their horses to rainbows." But lately, Dee has been listing toward crazy even more than usual… » 12/20/07 5:35pm 12/20/07 5:35pm

Parsing The Deadspin HOF Voting

So, we only had one entrant in the Deadspin Hall of Fame this year. Some have called for us to automatically induct some popular picks, like we did last year with YWML and Carl Monday, but that seems against the spirit of matters. (We don't think anyone would argue they wouldn't have made it, had it been up for a… » 8/28/07 6:35pm 8/28/07 6:35pm

Deadspin Film School Continues


Our next Deadspin Hall of Fame campaign film involves Barbaro and comes from the fertile mind of commenter Athletic Supporter, who, like all good directors, ties everything together with some compelling scenes at the end. » 8/22/07 11:40am 8/22/07 11:40am