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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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Charming ‘Men’

It’s the old warhorses headlining things this weekend (now that the injured Invasor will not be part of the Suburban picture); both Lava Man and The Tin Man are aiming for threepeats in their respective races. Lava Man is hoping to match Native Diver’s streak of Hollywood Gold Cup victories, and The Tin Man’s [...]

More Rumors

It seems there are some dark Scat Daddy rumors floating around out there; perhaps darker still are those swirling around Patrick Biancone. It’s not clear at this point what prompted the official inquiry:

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority has initiated an investigation after a search of the Keeneland barn of trainer Patrick Biancone.

John Veitch, chief [...]

Scat Daddy, We Hardly Knew Ye

Like my fellow TBA bloggers, I find the retirement of Scat Daddy over a minor injury just a little too convenient. I have to agree entirely with Valerie that I don’t see the sense in breeding to a horse who raced so briefly by a sire who also couldn’t hack it as a [...]

What Invasor’s Retirement Means

It’s really a shame we won’t see more of Invasor on the track; it’s too bad to see him go out with an injury but at least he’s not in any danger. There were a few more details in some of the international press reports:

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin conveyed news of the huge [...]

More Filly Action

Much of today’s focus at Royal Ascot is on Finsceal Beo in the Coronation Stakes. The Irish Independent points out that if she wins today, she will be only the third horse in the past 28 years to win the ‘mile crown’ (the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes). It [...]

More on the Rags to Riches 'Blog'

Naturally, the launch of the Rags to Riches ‘blog’ has been the subject of much chatter around the TBA. Most of us had similar thoughts, which can be boiled down to 1) it’s not really a blog and 2) it’s not saying anything you can’t find elsewhere. I’ll give the NTRA points for [...]

Ladies’ Day

It’s Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot — please take notes, Breeders’ Cup Board! You know you want to make Breeders’ Cup Friday a Ladies’ Day — I’d be more than happy to consult…

In other news, get well soon, Cockney Rebel — Gallic overcame his broken pelvis just fine!

Miss Andretti Video

In case you actually wanted to see Miss Andretti’s win yesterday, here it is; it seems I may need to resort to YouTube for all my international racing needs:

She Comes From A Land Down Under

As expected, the Aussie contingent took Royal Ascot by storm yesterday, with Miss Andretti smashing the track record by two seconds in the King’s Stand Stakes, with her (male) compatriots finishing third and fourth in the race. Clearly, they are doing something right with turf sprinters in Australia — as the Antipodean sports press [...]

Royal Ascot

Superfecta has been away tending to mending cats and wheezy toddlers, so there’s no real weekend roundup this week except to comment on the real toughness Chelokee displayed in the Northern Dancer — he looked like he was about to settle for second after Zanjero passed him, then he fought back to win. Nicely [...]