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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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Todd Pletcher: Post-Teen Icon?

Youbet.com is signing up racing personalities as endorsement partners and they have gone for Todd Pletcher (39) to ‘help expand the company’s appeal to younger audiences.’

This suggests that his erstwhile mentor, D. Wayne Lukas (also on board the YouBet.com endorsement train) doesn’t have that spark (or ‘it factor’ to use current youth marketing lingo à [...]

I Called It In December (after a fashion)

Teuflesberg finally proved he got this whole high-level racing thing by beating the heavily-favored Hard Spun yesterday in the Southwest. If only I’d actually placed a bet — but at least I do have some satisfaction from having made vague predictions about his 2007 success in December and January.

Naturally, I forgot to put him [...]

Road to the Roses Redux

The annual Road to the Roses contest has officially opened; here’s my (almost entirely predictable and possibly risible) stable:

Adore the Gold – I’m not sure whether I really like him or not, but he did look interesting in the Swale.Any Given Saturday – Another ‘why not throw him in’ entry.Belgravia – Again, operating on my [...]

Distaff Division

Equidaily brings up the gender issue as well this week (and the TBA’s own Jen Morrison was invited to weigh in) — they ask whether the horse racing fan-base is male-dominated and what should be done about it.

While it may be true that there are more male racing fans than female ones in the US [...]

Road to the Roses

Well, this year’s Derby and Oaks sites are officially up; I found not a little humor in this part of the press release:

The most exciting new feature of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Web sites is the implementation of exclusive weblogs (“blogs”) written by some of the leading handicappers in horse racing, covering prep [...]

Hospital Fun with NYRA

The best NY coverage is at Left at the Gate, but I felt I should weigh in on the hospital issue that cancelled racing at Aqueduct the other day. The jockeys want to be taken to North Shore University Hospital, rather than Jamaica Hospital whenever possible, while NYRA wants to send them to Jamaica.

Some [...]

Preview

Bill Finley has a nice article on Barbaro’s yearling full brother; he still has very much of the cute colt look about him, but seems as though he could grow into a nice horse. The pressure seems to be off Man in Havana, as he’s ‘only’ a half brother; this colt and the one [...]