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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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More from Saratoga

Here are a few more snippets from Our Woman in Saratoga (as well as her lovely photo of Street Sense before the Jim Dandy):
Two upstate news sources (Albany Times-Union and The Saratogian) quote trainer Pat Kelly as saying that 9-year-old grey gelding Evening Attire will run in an allowance race later in the meet. [...]

Legitimate Lawyer Ron?

Street Sense’s relatively easy win in the Jim Dandy seems to have been somewhat overshadowed by whether or not Lawyer Ron (pictured) broke the track record in the Whitney, with the pros and cons well summed up over at The Last Filly.

The main argument seems to be that Lawyer Ron could not have possibly pulled [...]

Saratoga Spies

A quick note about yesterday’s Sanford from Our Woman in Saratoga:
The Sanford: The Sanford, for two year old colts, is one of my favorite races of the meet. It’s named for the Sanford family, who had a horse farm near here in the late 19th century and who were also prominent in shaping [...]

The Whitney: FOBs, Set Your TiVos!

This weekend marks the (televised) beginning of the new Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In‘ format. That means the possible Classic, Distaff and Sprint entrants will be facing off in the Whitney, Go for Wand and Alfred G Vanderbilt; out of the three races, the Whitney seems the most likely to provide a longshot [...]

Sad Interlude

This is sad news indeed — Friel’s For Real died a few weeks ago of unknown causes at Overbrook Farm. I was a big fan of hers, so it’s upsetting from that perspective; she was in foal to Street Cry, and I’m sure there’s also an economic cost being felt there as well.

She was [...]

Sanford Preview & Fangirls

The Sanford Stakes kicks off the big-name 2-year-old season in earnest; most are still fairly new to the game, as might be expected. There is a bit of buzz around Ready’s Image (trained by Todd Pletcher — no doubt a line you could easily insert for 80% of the horses running at the [...]

Saratoga Eve

It’s almost Saratoga time and the rumors swirl — will The Green Monkey debut? Is something wrong with Rags to Riches? (and no, I don’t have any inside information on that one). Will Sun King finally score a grade I victory? Steve Haskin makes his case, and it is a compelling [...]

Chelsea 1, Galaxy 0

Well, David Beckham is officially here. He limped around on the field briefly (maybe a shot of cobra venom would help a bit) but in general the Galaxy played their usual game that’s gotten them second-from-bottom in the standings. As a former San Jose Earthquakes fan, I was pleased to see Joe Cannon [...]

Breeders’ Cup Tickets

Good news: I’ve got Breeders’ Cup tickets. Bad news: They are possibly the worst reserved seats available, way over in section 400 (on the turn after the wire) — not exactly near the top of my preferences list. Granted, it’s a small track and I’m sure I should just be happy to have [...]

Weekend Metapost

It’s been a busy week at Casa Superfecta with a mix of illness, A Book and feline medical emergencies thrown in — but at last, we can discuss this weekend’s races. The absence of Rags to Riches from the Coaching Club American Oaks will be sorely felt by ESPN, but naturally Todd Pletcher has [...]