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Racehorses in History

June: Fairy Chant
b. 1937
Why: A champion at 3 and 4, Fairy Chant won the Beldame twice. She was in the money for 26 of her 42 races.

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Just Say No?

Brass Hat’s DQ was upheld by the Emirates Racing Authority; while it’s not an unexpected outcome, it is disappointing since he truly deserved his second place finish and the resulting purse. Stateside, trainer Steve Asmussen’s suspension for ‘medication infractions’ was similarly upheld in Louisiana. While the types of drugs in question are quite [...]

A Pretty Bright Little Horse

Well done to Showing Up for his fantastic effort in the Colonial Turf Cup! It was a very impressive race; insane fractions were set by longshot Kip Deville who was something approaching 15 lengths in front at some points and who hung on for a strong second. Not only was the victory notable [...]

Colonial Turf Cup Day

There’s a nice article on the Jacksons and their hopes for Showing Up in today’s Colonial Turf Cup in the Washington Post today which includes some very upbeat (perhaps unexpectedly so, based on his reputation) comments about him from Barclay Tagg as well as his thoughts on Barbaro’s injury and recovery.

The other recent Barbaro [...]

Ouija Board Triumphs; Some Smarty News

Ouija Board did a fantastic job in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Ascot today — she didn’t just beat the boys, she beat Electrocutionist, winner of the Dubai World Cup (as well as favorite David Junior). Soviet Song also put in a good effort to win the Windsor Forest Stakes — there’s a [...]

Quick Barbaro Update

Just a few quick links before I dash off this morning; there are two fine articles on the Jacksons at the moment, one from the local press that also mentions Showing Up and a great one from the Baltimore Sun with some new photos.

All indications remain positive. More on other news (i.e. the Colonial [...]

A Recommendation

Indulge me, dear reader, in a slight departure before I get into the horse racing. Today the latest album by The Divine Comedy, “Victory for the Comic Muse,” is released in the UK and Ireland (it’s been out in Europe for a day or so already). I strongly urge you to purchase this [...]

Sunday summary

We saw a few dramatic finishes on Saturday — not least from Happy Ticket/Oonagh Maccool in the Fleur de Lis and Seek Gold/Perfect Drift (left) in the Stephen Foster. The US did a great job as well, especially considering they seemed to be playing against the ref as well as Italy. A win [...]

Saturday predictions, not limited to horses

We’re back to the first Saturday in ordinary time now that the Belmont has come and gone, and it should be a good one. Oonagh Maccool and Happy Ticket are in action in the Fleur de Lis, and Brass Hat meets Buzzards Bay and Perfect Drift in the Stephen Foster. Although it’s a [...]

Back from Baltimore

Good news while I was away…Barbaro’s cast change went well and his leg is looking good. Apparently they needed to go to the general anesthesia route as he wasn’t buying the ‘in the sling’ attempt:

“The cast was replaced under general anesthesia, and Barbaro had a perfect pool recovery, Richardson reported. He first tried to [...]

Kenny Mayne called it

He only had to say it once…Jazil. It was nice to see a young jockey like Fernando Jara win a big race; he seems to have a great future ahead of him. The highlight of the broadcast for me was probably the shot of Barbaro watching television from his stall at New Bolton.

There [...]