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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 Truth About Shergar

While North American-based racing fans were mourning Barbaro yesterday, across the pond it was recalled that it has been 25 years since Shergar’s disappearance. For those not familiar with his story, here’s the short version:

Shergar was a champion at 2 and won the Epsom Derby by the largest winning margin in [...]

Reflections on Barbaro

One year ago today, I was working feverishly to keep the Penn Vet servers up and running against the sudden onslaught of traffic when the news of Barbaro’s death had been announced. Unsurprisingly, given the difficulties of communication in a school with two campuses, the news went out over the wires before most of [...]

Hard Spun & Tiago Make The Economist

Although Hard Spun is off at stud and Tiago had a somewhat lackluster 2008 debut, they are both photogenic enough (or unidentifiable enough to the general public) to illustrate an article (left) in The Economist on whole NYC OTB/NYRA morass. (In case you missed page 35 of the print version, it’s also available online [...]

Let The Sunshine In

Sunshine Millions weekend is upon us, but there are still questions as to whether the Santa Anita surface will be functional by race day or if the California half of events might have to be cancelled (or moved somehow); Steve Specht, trainer of McCann’s Mojave, suggested an alternative:

“I pushed to have it at Golden [...]

Turn Around, Bright Eyes (2008)

The Eclipse Awards presented (in the words of Radiohead) no surprises; Curlin was duly crowned Horse of the Year and Three-Year-Old Colt – ESPN notes that only last year, he had yet to make his first start. Chief owner Jess Jackson continued to send out positive signals about Curlin’s continued career on [...]

Better News

While the Zito barn is no doubt very downhearted about the loss of Hesanoldsalt, at least Commentator came back at just the right time, setting a track record yesterday in his return and winning by 14 lengths. When he’s on, he’s on.

The return I am most excited about this weekend [...]

RIP, Hesanoldsalt

In case you’ve missed the news, Hesanoldsalt died yesterday after a freak accident at Palm Meadows — it seems he got loose, ran wild and hit a tree. This is upsetting news on a number of fronts, but I’m particularly sad to see a son of Broad Brush go out in that manner.

Obviously good [...]

How They Rank

The World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings were recently released; Curlin is the highest-rated US-based horse, coming in tied for second with Authorized, Dylan Thomas and Invasor (despite his retirement early in the season). Street Sense, English Channel, Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron also make the top ten. Rags to Riches comes in at [...]

Many Returns

You may recall Helen Pitts trainee Einstein’s frightening fall on Preakness Day, but the good news is that he’s finally coming back to the races today in an allowance (on paper, at least — it’s actually a pretty tough race) at Gulfstream. While I don’t like to see money winging its way into the [...]

January = Early Derby Picks

Well, it’s January and that means that it’s time for insanely early predictions about who will line up on Derby Day. War Pass is the early favorite on the just-launched official Derby site.

While his Juvenile victory was impressive (and he gained my respect by coming over to show off [...]