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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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A Digression

While watching a long-forgotten bit of Animaniacs the other day, I noticed the following exchange between Pinky and The Brain in an episode about attempting to win the Kentucky Derby (from there, of course, taking over the world):

The Brain: By analyzing the velocity-based paceline, mile turf win and Beyer speed figures, we’ll find a grade one stakes claimer who will give us a key horse situation.
Pinky:
Can’t we just ride the pretty one?

In the end, that’s just what happens — Pinky falls in love with Phar Fignewton (left) and they accidentally win the race. I’ve decided the string of racing jargon (not to mention the comely mare’s name) in a children’s cartoon is a minor stroke of genius.

For myself, with the Rebel having rather thinned out and the Tampa Bay Derby being something of a foregone conclusion, I’ll be busy with finishing out Philly Beer Week — I’m off to the Penn Museum Saturday for the annual tutored tasting (now in memory of, rather than featuring, the great Michael Jackson) and am hoping to get a preview of Dogfish Head’s latest archaeological offering, Theobroma. Then on to a Stone Beer Brunch featuring their magnificent 11th Anniversary Ale on Sunday. Tonight I’ll just warm up with a few beers from Allagash. I could make this post almost relevant with something about Funny Cide Ale, but it was at such a sub-bad-homebrew level that it’s best to just forget about that…

3 comments to A Digression

  • Michael

    Brilliant post.

  • dana

    Tonight while unwinding to Law & Order, Briscoe & Green were interogating a suspect. In reply to the suspect’s claim of being a pyschic, Briscoe offered “yeah, and I have the winning pick 6 ticket for tomorrow at Belmont”.

    Much less surprising than in a cartoon, but enjoyable nonetheless… enjoy Beer Week(end)!

  • Superfecta

    I miss Jerry Orbach!

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