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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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Party in Dubai

By now Bernardini’s emphatic win in the Travers has been well-analyzed and he certainly does seem to be the horse to beat now. It will be interesting to see him match up against Invasor in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, since he seems to be his only real rival at this point (although I [...]

Travers Weekend Preview

While on paper we finally get a showdown between Bernardini and Bluegrass Cat, the Blood-Horse has a wonderfully-titled article pointing out that there’s more to the Travers than the two headliners: Travers Analysis: Pletcher and the Accidental Rabbits. I do like the suggestion of High Cotton as a spoiler, although I really feel that [...]

More Tragedy

Now it’s really an unbelievable season — Saint Liam has died after a paddock accident. He was apparently ‘goofing off‘ and simply fell, shattering his hind leg.

Wow.

It’s been a rough few months to be a racing fan.

Update: There are more articles now, including those in the NY Times, the Courier-Journal and the Herald-Leader.

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Lava Man Triumphant

Lava Man certainly returned to form over the weekend in his Pacific Classic victory. Even though he won last time out in the Hollywood Gold Cup, he didn’t seem his usual self and barely held on; this time he was firmly in command. While I’m not entirely sure where he sits compared [...]

Foggy Update

It’s very bad news for Lost in the Fog — he has a series of inoperable tumors and they are bringing him home to Golden Gate Fields for what is essentially hospice care.

The only bright note is that he is apparently not in any serious pain. Here’s a link to some great photos of [...]

No, the Other Derby

There’s a new kid in town, folks — it’s not quite the Kentucky Derby, certainly not the English Derby and probably not even akin to the Hoosier Derby. Of course, I speak of the inaugural St. Louis Derby to be held at that most salubrious of tracks, scenic Fairmount Park.

I spent many an evening [...]

Foggy Details

More details have emerged about Lost in the Fog’s illness and the potentially long odds he is facing. Newsday chronicles his career and the highs and lows of horse racing in general over the last year. There is not much new information at the NY Times, but they do include a fine picture [...]

Ups and Downs

While it seems we can once again take a cautiously optimistic view of Barbaro’s situation (here and here as well), the news is not so good for Lost in the Fog. Over the last few days he has gone from being treated for what was thought to be a not-overly-serious case of colic to [...]

Turf is the Word

Well, I was right (along with everyone else) about Gorella in the Beverly D. and Showing Up in the Secretariat Stakes (although check out the penultimate paragraph for a wee typo) — but well done to The Tin Man in the Arlington Million! I admit I wrote him off as too old to be [...]

Arlington Million Turf Challenge

Being a slightly less fussy contest than the Road to the Roses, the Arlington Million Turf Challenge allows you to pick eight horses, two trainers and one jockey. While I would prefer two jockeys, at least all your picks are active for the big day and there’s no need to agonize over leaving someone [...]