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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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Feed the Beast

I am very much enjoying the new Blood-Horse RSS feeds; they make sure I notice articles I might have otherwise overlooked. For example, I usually just skim the breeding section, but I see today that War Emblem has finally sired a winner. I like the way the Blood-Horse has delicately phrased [...]

Thanksgiving Racing

It’s a great holiday/racing weekend coming up — Laurel’s Festival of Racing includes the De Francis Dash which features Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Thor’s Echo and the Laurel Futurity, a nice little two-year-old race won in the past by horses named Count Fleet, Citation, Riva Ridge, Secretariat, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid and most recently by Barbaro. [...]

The Six Month Mark

Barbaro has been at New Bolton for six months now; there’s an in-depth article in the Baltimore Sun that sums up his recent activities. I was at New Bolton myself yesterday for some meetings and I picked up my own little Barbaro (right, apologies for the terrible photgraph, but my house is a bit [...]

It's (Mostly) in the Genes

As has been widely noted in the horse racing blogosphere (I am so pleased I got to say that), Ray Paulick has a great editorial on the actions that should be taken in light of the plan produced at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit. The idea of a durability index for [...]

An Interesting Purchase

Today, The Thoroughbred Times announced the purchase of Eres Mágica by Lael Stables; she’s a Chilean-bred 3-year-old who has been beating top local males at real distances. What I find particularly interesting is that in parts of her pedigree, she’s South American for many generations — all the way back to 1894. Invasor and [...]

All Hail Ouija Board

While US voters may not be planning to make Ouija Board Horse of the Year, she could become both Horse of the Year and Top Older Horse at the Cartier Awards. As she’s just arrived in Japan for the Japan Cup on the 26th, I say more power to her — her ability to [...]

More Two-Year Olds

Chelokee (trained by Michael Matz) is scheduled to run at Laurel on the 16th; Hard Spun (under the care of J. Larry Jones) seems to have scared off a lot of the competition as Day Pass has opted not to appear in his race today.

Both colts were recently highlighted by the Inquirer for winning by [...]

Two-Year-Old Watch

It seems Hard Spun, the (latest) local two-year-old who has been generating a bit of buzz, will be racing tomorrow in the Port Penn Overnight Stakes. (As mentioned earlier, the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes was moved to December because of the quarantine at Monmouth, so it sounds like this was the next best race). [...]

Maktoum Middle Ground

As expected, there has been fierce debate about Beyer’s article excoriating The Dubai Effect on racing. Much of the discussion has been framed in very black and white fashion, with little room for grey (or roan, for that matter) areas.

A more balanced approach may be found in The Times, in an article by Lydia [...]

Churchill Downs West?

So, why the Churchill Downs Silicon Valley adventure?

“Why Silicon Valley? Because that’s where we can build a team of people on the cutting edge of technology innovation, and because we’ll benefit from the perspective of those outside the traditional racing business,” Evans said. —Frank Angst

I am all for the emphasis on technology (as I [...]