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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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Geldings Gone Wild

Lava Man proved once again what a gutsy horse he is; his threepeat in the Hollywood Gold Cup may not put him in the same company as John Henry at this point, but let’s celebrate what he has accomplished nonetheless. Despite perhaps having lost a step in the trip to Dubai and back, he clearly had the will to win and hung on to do just that. He also succeeds in bringing fans to the track — some would argue that is no small feat. While his bad luck outside California can’t be argued with, even that fact could help endear him to west coast racing fans all the more — it makes him more ‘theirs.’ Maybe he just loves ‘working’ when he’s at home and feels like he’s on vacation when he travels anywhere else. Either way, his win marks an historic milestone and he’s earned it — well done, Lava Man.

The Tin Man just lost his race by the margin Lava Man won by — but he continues to demonstrate that he certainly enjoys competition (even outside California. Ahem).

Other geldings are in action this week as well — this from the Funny Cide Fan Club newsletter:


If you’re willing to take a road trip, you can find Funny Cide on the Fourth of July at, of all places, Finger Lakes Race Track.

Funny Cide has been entered in the Wadsworth Memorial which has a $100,000 purse. Funny pulled 5th position of an eight horse race. Be sure to check out for results.

‘Of all places,’ indeed! I’m not one of those people demanding that Funny Cide be retired immediately; sure, he’s not racing like he used to, but he’s regularly working bullets — he obviously relishes training. If he needs a race every now and then so that he can continue having fun training, hey, why not?

More on Wednesday’s races tomorrow…

2 comments to Geldings Gone Wild

  • Ron

    It’s kind of sad to see Funny Cide at Finger Lakes, but it is a hundred grand, and he is a gelding who cans still run a little. At least he’s making a living. Best of Luck to him.

  • Nellie

    The Blood-Horse after The Tin Man’s Shoemaker win amused me to no end. The commentary(?) had a comment about how he was an example of why horse owner’s should consider gelding their horses.

    Flip forward and find commentary about Corinthian mounting horses in the post parade!

    The juxtaposition of the two was quite interesting.

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