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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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A Question for the NTRA

I’ve been something of a podcast maniac lately, listening to everything from Oxford’s course in Old English (þæt wæs god podcasting) to random indiepop goodness. This means I spend a lot of time updating my podcast list and almost without fail, I do not have a new edition of Stretch Drive (née Wire to [...]

More Honors for Miss Andretti

It’s Horse of the Year time in Australia (after a two-month delay due to equine influenza); not surprisingly, the phenomenal sprinter Miss Andretti gets the title this year. She’s the latest in a line of mares dominating the Aussie turf scene, following Sunline and the great Makybe Diva. Her frequent rival Takeover Target [...]

Thanksgiving 2007

Even The Green Monkey is grateful for something this Thanksgiving despite his fourth-place finish yesterday — at least he’s not the England team:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Where Alph, The Sacred River, Ran

As some other TBA bloggers have noted, there was a lovely New York Times article on Karakorum Racing over the weekend. I’ve never loved the way they name their horses (Karakorum Insert-Name-Here) and would be excited to see them named after Silk Road archaeological sites (or even after bits of Coleridge – wouldn’t Stately [...]

Comebacks and Cartier Awards

Great Hunter and Spring at Last (not to be confused with the 2-year-old sprinter Spring Awakening – one wonders how she has been affected by the Broadway stagehands’ strike) are both back in training with Doug O’Neill and working toward comebacks.

Buzzards Bay is another familiar name absent from the track for some time – he’s [...]

Turf News and Another Lawsuit

Nobiz Like Shobiz has at least one more engagement this year; he’s headed to the Hollywood Derby (won by fellow Barclay Tagg trainee Showing Up last year). Talented mare Dance Away Capote will be joining Nobiz Like Shobiz on his trip west as she makes a run at the Matriarch. Tagg notes that [...]

Miss Andretti Scores Again

While things continue in something of a post-Breeders’ Cup holding pattern in North America, Miss Andretti (right) continues to demonstrate that she is the best sprinter in the world. After a gutsy victory last Saturday in The Age Classic (about a six furlong race by US standards), the Australian mare is off to Hong [...]

Walkovers for Curlin?

Gary West has a will-he-or-won’t-he article on Jess Jackson and his possible future goals for Curlin now that Padua has offloaded their share in him (although clearly the whole ownership piece is going to keep the courtrooms of Kentucky in business for a long time to come). If Curlin does remain in training next [...]

Very Efficient Indeed

New Zealand -bred Efficient took home the Melbourne Cup in an upset win; favorites Purple Moon and Mahler rounded out the top three. Efficient is the third Melbourne Cup winner sired by Zabeel. Efficient was a favorite to win last year, but had had such a streak of bad luck [...]

The Melbourne Cup: A Quick Introduction

Things may be slow in the US, but it’s all go in Australia. Tuesday is the 147th running of the Melbourne Cup and while equine influenza means that there are only a few overseas contenders, English-based Purple Moon is one of the favorites and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Mahler (the understudy to Scorpion, who was [...]