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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 Woodward and a Flu Update

It’s nice to see that the Woodward is drawing a competitive field — Lawyer Ron will likely be the headliner after his career-best performance last time out, but Diamond Stripes and Corinthian are certainly worthy competitors. I’m going with sentiment and sticking with Brass Hat to win, but would not be surprised to see [...]

Randwick Lockdown

First, the good news — the ban on the movement of horses within Western Australia has been lifted, as they have remained free of equine influenza. Unfortunately, that’s about all the good news — Sydney’s Spring Racing Carnival is officially cancelled as a number of horses stabled at Randwick racecourse have tested positive for [...]

More Breeders’ Cup Tickets Available

I got a letter yesterday informing me that extra Breeders’ Cup tickets are on sale if you act now — applications must be in before September 1st, after which point, the seats will become available to “the general public” (horrors!).

So I’m curious to know whether this means they simply held a large block of tickets [...]

Travers Weekend Roundup

Hard Spun and Street Sense both stepped up to the plate this weekend and proved they could win in a situation where they were truly challenged. I was also pleased that I’d picked Shakis to win the Bernard Baruch and was a little surprised to see he returned as much as he did.

Despite somewhat [...]

Monday EI Update

There were fears over the weekend that some races horses at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney had contracted equine influenza, but fortunately they have tested negative for the disease. However, there are still at least 60 horses known to be affected, and racing is cancelled in New South Wales and Queensland until next week at [...]

More Racing Cancelled in Australia

Effects of the equine influenza outbreak in Australia are spreading further as more drastic measures are required to contain the disease:
The cost of the shutdown is already in the tens of millions of dollars with the cancellation of race meetings in all states, with the Northern Territory the only place to hold racing today.

The spring [...]

Another Reason Not to Shuttle

It’s getting a little coverage in the trade publications in the US, but the outbreak of equine influenza in Australia is already having a major effect on the sport Down Under. Perhaps uniquely, it is affecting both racing and breeding:
Racing officials announced early today that horses from the Centennial Park stables had returned positive [...]

Snakes – Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?

There has been some progress on the cobra venom front — Patrick Biancone’s veterinarian, a Dr. Rod Stewart, has been suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. Well, that’s what happens when you prescribe cobra venom, right? It’s not quite so simple — his suspension is for refusing to turn over his [...]

Paulick Leaves The Blood-Horse

There’s a tiny article in the Thoroughbred Times about it today — I realize there are probably many issues we don’t hear about and never will (we’ve all had jobs like that), but is anyone aware of some sort of major change in direction at The Blood-Horse?

Rehearsals for Retirement

Well, what can you say about the Pacific Classic except ‘Polytrack?’ I had predicted a slow winning time of something in the 2:05 neighborhood, but the actual finishing time being closer to 2:07 seemed ludicrously snail-like. I’m all for good synthetic surfaces, but all the results on the day made trainer John Shirreffs [...]