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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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Ghostly Goings-On

Halloween is upon us and so, naturally, we turn our attention to racetrack ghosts and their near kin. First up, the famous haunting of Happy Valley Racetrack in Hong Kong — it even made Western Folklore (vol 20, no 4, in case you were wondering). Jockey Marcel Samarcq was thrown from his [...]

Breeders’ Cup: Final Thoughts

Juvenile FilliesIndian Blessing led wire to wire, so there’s no question that early speed could hold, despite the wet conditions. It didn’t hurt her to have Garrett Gomez aboard, since he was on something of a hot streak all day. Smarty Deb certainly did not embarrass herself in her first outing against tough [...]

Breeders’ Cup Highlights and Lowlights

The GoodOur end of Monmouth was actually very well set up; while it had something of a kids’ table ambiance with the temporary grandstands and concessions, they were well placed and (likely thanks to the weather) not overwhelmed. (I’ve been to others Breeders’ Cups where it was impossible to get anywhere near the food [...]

Breeders’ Cup Photos

Actual detail and commentary is coming later, but feel free to check out my Breeders’ Cup photos on Flickr. Here’s Dylan Thomas in the paddock to whet your appetite.

Recap on the Way…

Full recap of the Breeders’ Cup coming tomorrow; I got some nice pictures of George Washington before the Classic and from where we were sitting had no idea of his injury until getting home (all we could hear was that he had tired and was being eased; there was no suggestion that anything else was [...]

Off to Monmouth

Don’t forget to check your Tomlinson numbers. Bet on the Europeans in the turf races. Note that Slew‘s Tiznow is also out with a fever. Oh, and bring a good rainhat; umbrellas are evil. See you at the track!

Semi-Liveblogging the Broadcast

1) More Kenny Mayne – hurrah! But please fix the sound problems. I do like the idea of putting him in Times Square; I’d love a handy OTB like that near me.

3) Nice seeing the TBA’s own Jen Morrison’s byline in the DRF commercial.

2) Coolmore should spend more on their advertising; Three Chimneys [...]

Breeders’ Cup Analysis: Classic

Finally, the big event — the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge:

Post
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Odds

1
Lawyer Ron
Todd Pletcher
John Velazquez
5-2

2
Street Sense
Carl Nafzger
Calvin Borel
3-1

3
Any Given Saturday
Todd Pletcher
Garrett Gomez
5-2

4
Curlin
Steve Asmussen
Robby Albarado
3-1

5
George Washington
Aidan O’Brien
Mick Kinane
20-1

6
Awesome Gem
Craig Dollase
David Flores
30-1

7
Diamond Stripes
Richard Dutrow Jr.
Cornelio Velasquez
15-1

8
Hard Spun
Larry Jones
Mario Pino
8-1

9
Tiago
John Shirreffs
Mike Smith
12-1

Lawyer Ron is a deserving favorite, [...]

Breeders’ Cup Analysis: Turf

On to one of the races I am most excited about — the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf:

Post
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Odds

1
Fri Guy
Dale Romans
Kent Desormeaux
50-1

2
Red Rocks
Brian Meehan
Frankie Dettori
7-2

3
Better Talk Now
Graham Motion
Ramon Dominguez
9-2

4
Shamdinan
Angel Penna
Julien Leparoux
20-1

5
Grand Couturier
Robert Ribaudo
Calvin Borel
10-1

6
English Channel
Todd Pletcher
John Velazquez
5-2

7
Dylan Thomas [...]

Breeders’ Cup Analysis: Distaff

Next up: the Emirates Airlines Distaff:

Post
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Odds

1
Balance
David Hofmans
Victor Espinoza
20-1

2
Prop Me Up
Greg Sacco
Joe Bravo
50-1

3
Tough Tiz’s Sis
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith
20-1

4
Ginger Punch
Bobby Frankel
Rafael Bejarano
7-2

5
Lady Joanne
Carl Nafzger
Calvin Borel
6-1

6
Bear Now
Reade Baker
Jerry Baird
15-1

7
Lear’s Princess
Kiaran McLaughlin
Eibar Coa
6-1

8
Octave
Todd Pletcher
Garrett Gomez
10-1

9
Teammate
H. [...]