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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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The good news is that the NTRA is taking what happened to Eight Belles in the Derby very seriously; president and CEO Alex Waldrop has a blog entry musing about how we can make racing safer (and he invites comments and suggestions). I’ve weighed in with quite a few already, and Green but Game has a great (and growing) list of ideas as well. The other positive headline is that Chelokee came out of surgery well and so his odds are a bit better – up to 60%.

While the impact of their injuries continues to be felt (and please do continue to follow and contribute to the discussions going on at TheRail and across the TBA), there’s still a Triple Crown season going on (although it certainly seems to be lacking in enthusiasm just now from most corners).

At this point, it seems likely that Big Brown (right) will not be facing any of his Derby competition (such as it was) again at Pimlico — only Recapturetheglory is still under consideration. One can hardly blame them, given the sorts of numbers everyone else ran — only Big Brown (109) and the ill-fated Eight Belles (102) managed a triple-digit Beyer in the Derby. That does not mean no one will show up, though – I still like Giant Moon at the Preakness distance and Harlem Rocker should be a nice addition to the field, but there’s still the feeling they are running for second.

I’m not joining the list of those who just want to hand Big Brown the Triple Crown, however — the Belmont should be interesting, and we may get a preview in the Peter Pan on Saturday. My current horse crush, Tomcito (already a winner at the Belmont distance as a 2-year-old) will be on hand, as will the highly-touted Casino Drive in what will be his second start. Normally I would worry about his lack of experience, but when all your family does is win the Belmont, you’re worth keeping an eye on. (To that end, I’ve already added his so-far-unraced 2-year-old half-brother, Man of Iron, to my Virtual Stable). Here’s hoping for a good, safe race this weekend that will provide some real competition in New York.

I also highly recommend a read of Ray Paulick’s latest column at ESPN. He addresses a few points that seem to have fallen by the wayside lately rather well…

5 comments to Musings

  • Anonymous

    What a derby! Churchill’s karma is off and I for one hope they get it back. If they weren’t talking about filly would they be talking about Big Brown’s trainer’s shady past? It will definitly be talked about. Will 2008 Derby be the turning point everyone knew was coming but did nothing to stop it. I think so.

  • Anonymous

    Man in Iron is in Europe so you won’t be getting any workouts for him. Aiden OBrian trains for Coolmore.

  • Anonymous

    Forget it. It’s time. Buy a ticket to the Belmont. This is the second coming.

  • Anonymous

    Totally different topic but I need to vent. Has anyone received their application for Breeders Cup Tickets? The tickets for which I paid $250.00 for at Monmouth are $600.00 at Santa Anita. Tickets at the quarter pole are $200.00. The Breeders Cup has become another opprotunity to fleece the fans. When the number of fans are decreasing this isn’t the way to grow the base.

  • Ross

    Not to toot my own horn here but you should read my letter (either from the Link on PowerCaps blog or on Paul Moran’s At the Races blog). I’d be interested to know your thoughts.

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