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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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Derby Post Position Draw – First Reaction

Some initial post position draw thoughts:

1) LeRoy Neiman and Todd Pletcher, together at last!2) The ‘homemade’ signs – how authentic!3) Nice to see Visionaire in post 8.4) Big Brown in 20 – no thanks.5) The wind! The wind hates the draw!6) I’m liking the middle of the pack a lot.7) Big Truck is a [...]

Derby Favorites

The first Derby horse I have a clear picture of rooting for was Genuine Risk; when she won, I figured this whole picking winners thing was pretty easy. The next horse I recall backing was Slew O’Gold, who finished 4th in 1983. I was back in form with Swale in 1984 (and was [...]

Derby Data

Until tomorrow afternoon’s post position draw, the only Derby trail action is analyzing (and overanalyzing) the contenders’ works and every possible bit of data available, no matter how tangential.

To that end, I always look forward to playing with the C-J Derby Data Track (and was pleased to discover its origins [...]

Accessibility

While perusing my local old-money magazine (everyone has one of those, right?), I came across on article on racing partnerships. Granted, I live in a fairly horsey area (what with the Devon Horse Show being a major event on the both the social and barn set calendars), but it still struck me as unusual to [...]

Twenty Horses, And How They Got That Way

The lull between final Derby preps and the post position draw is an ideal time to reflect on Derby history; specifically, in this instance, how the apparently-now-compulsory 20-horse field came to be.

The first Kentucky Derby, in 1875, had 15 entrants (including Ten Broeck, of “Molly and Tenbrooks” fame, who finished 5th [...]

Career Paths

While it’s Derby Works a Go-Go at the moment for the 3-year-olds, there’s plenty of actual racing action going on beyond that sphere. In the ‘comeback’ column, first noted at Brooklyn Backstretch, 2005 Preakness runner-up/tripper Scrappy T recently raced at Penn National, getting up for only fourth place in allowance company at Penn [...]

The Superfecta Derby Top Ten

Here is this week’s Superfecta Derby Top Ten; I’ve limited myself to horses in the top 20 on graded earnings or at least very close on the bubble (and presuming — hopefully rightly — that the talented Salute the Sarge is headed straight to the Preakness):

Big Brown – I don’t like the hype or the [...]

Welcome New York Times Readers

The New York Times seems to have caught Derby Fever in a big way. Not only did they have a feature article on Big Brown (more on that below), they’ve launched The Rail — a blog headed by Joe Drape with a variety of interesting contributors (and some nice TBA links on their blogroll [...]

Coming Soon

This week’s first (real) post will appear later on Tuesday…I’ve got to go vote first…

On the Federico Tesio and South American Beer

While the Coolmore Lexington is the main event as far as the Derby trail goes, the Federico Tesio is also of interest (although perhaps more for those of us who look to see some of these horses turn up at Delaware Park or Philly Park later in the year). John Servis sends out Indian [...]