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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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The Barbaro Documentary

It’s very well-done, but it’s not particularly easy to watch as there is a crushing inevitability about it — particularly in the segment leading up to the Preakness. It was nice to be reminded about some facts prior to Barbaro’s injury that seem to get lost in the months following (like the fact [...]

They Smile When They Are Low

The New York Times is in full pre-Derby mode with three feature stories (and more to come); one on Michael Matz and a nicely detailed piece on the road Nobiz Like Shobiz has followed to get to the Derby. It includes some interesting statistics which are probably not news to most hard-core racing fans, [...]

Derby Trial

Teuflesburg is entered in the Derby Trial as a fallback in case he doesn’t make the Derby field, but given his old-school experience so far, wouldn’t it be interesting to see him bring the race back as a Derby prep? True, it hasn’t been successful since the vastly-under-rated Tim Tam (who is number one [...]

Crystal Ball, Anyone?

Slew’s Tizzy and Xchanger are both on the potential ‘no go’ list at this point; Slew’s Tizzy’s connections will make a decision by tomorrow, while Xchanger’s future seems to rest on whether or not he’s bought by someone looking for a trip to the Derby. But let’s be honest – Xchanger is not a [...]

Preparations

There’s some press coverage of the Barbaro Celebration in the Philly papers today; some of the recent improvements to Delaware Park that will be on display opening weekend are covered here. There are still no official dropouts from the Derby field so far and Chelokee’s current chances of getting in are explained a bit more [...]

Doing the Graded Earnings Shuffle

While the graded earnings dance carries on this week, it’s useful to remember that the 20 horses who usually fill the Derby starting gate are not always those who most deserve to be there — recalling some of the gamesmanship that’s kept worthy horses out of the field in the past (think Rock Hard Ten) [...]

Local Horses for Local People?

In today’s news, Dick Jerardi makes the case that none of the ‘local’ horses like Hard Spun are really local and also notes about Slew’s Tizzy that ‘philosophies have been known to change when owners get Derby Fever.’ Indeed, it seems like that’s becoming more of a possibility — trainer Greg Fox most [...]

Wish I’d Had Those Trifectas!

Xchanger’s victory in the Federico Tesio was a bit of a surprise, it was nothing compared to Slew’s Tizzy huge upset in the Coolmore Lexington. What that means in terms of graded earnings for the Derby is that Chelokee is stuck at number 22 on the list; however, Slew’s Tizzy’s trainer, Greg [...]

Guest Blogging

Note: Superfecta is guest-blogging over at Tim Woolley Racing for a few days and will be publishing her updates in both places.

Superfecta here, deputizing for Alex; naturally much of the news this morning is on Barbaro’s newest full sibling, born yesterday morning at Mill Ridge Farm. There’s a picture of the new [...]

Happy Birthday, New Barbaro Brother

Tim Woolley Racing has the scoop, as usual — the latest full sibling arrived in the early hours this morning. Thanks to La Ville Rouge for having the great timing to deliver before I start my guest-blogging gig!

NBC has an article with a few updates on his yearling full brother, Nicanor:
Born March 15, [...]