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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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Bon Voyage, Victory Gallop

This weekend sees the rescheduled Santa Monica, featuring Hystericalady and Pussycat Doll and the Strub (with Air Commander, Great Hunter, Slew’s Tizzy and Tiago all back in action) but the headline event should be the Donn Handicap. Dahaar is making his first start for Kiaran McLaughlin since November, but I am most excited about it since my favorites Brass Hat (pictured winning the 2006 installment) and Einstein are in the picture (and with comparatively light weights, although they have crappy post positions). The received wisdom seems to be that the Donn has become the leading US prep for the Dubai World Cup — although I doubt we’d see Brass Hat making that trip again for obvious reasons.


Speaking of overseas trips, Victory Gallop has been sold to the Turkish Jockey Club — apparently his offspring are bred to race, not to sell well at auction:

‘He’s been very solid, but unfortunately he falls into that somewhat non-commercial group where it’s hard to get over $100,000 for a yearling,’ WinStar President Doug Cauthen said. ‘As the market continues to focus on commercial, he was limited to a degree to people who were breeding either to race or possibly to somebody breeding to get their horse off to a good start.’

He’ll be joining Sea Hero and Strike the Gold in Turkey; his current crop of 3-year-olds includes Derby hopeful Anak Nakal. I love that he’s by Cryptoclearance (who, let’s recall, had 12 wins from 44 starts and was otherwise usually in the money) — a real modern iron horse. It seems a shame that a stallion whose close relatives include Ride the Rails (and hence Candy Ride) and whose first crop earned nearly a million dollars, is not considered ‘commercial’ in North America. I can’t blame WinStar for responding to market conditions, but it does seem unfortunate. Here’s hoping Anak Nakal is a real threat this spring!

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