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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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Summer Metapost

For your convenience, we offer a bit of a metapost today, featuring some highlights from TBA blogs (but certainly not doing justice to all of them):

Railbird is keeping track of this week’s drug issues (and Barry Irwin’s response) as well as Man of Iron’s debut (so far, he’s following in big sister Rags [...]

Dutrow’s Annual Suspension

Rick Dutrow is preparing for his annual vacation banning, this time for a horse he had running on Kentucky Oaks day in the Aegon Turf Sprint who tested positive for a rather festive amount of clenbuterol:

“I was there all week and am responsible,” Dutrow said. “I use that medication on many of my horses and [...]

Horses Americans Should Know IV: Yeats

We don’t breed many horses like Yeats in North America; while his sire, Sadler’s Wells, has plenty of familiar Northern Dancer blood, his dam, Lyndonville, is entirely European. Yeats also has a half-brother, Tsukuba Symphony, who won over $2 million in Japan and is now at stud there, and another Group-winning half-brother named Solskjaer [...]

No to Drugs, But Yes to Toe Grabs?

IEAH made a much-publicized announcement yesterday, saying that they’ll be weaning their horses off the juice by October (more or less, and not counting Lasix — one suspects the list of things that ‘don’t count’ may grow). They did not say a thing about toe grabs, though, which is a bit peculiar, given that [...]

Royal Ascot: Tying Up Loose Ends

Kingsgate Native (pictured) sprinted home to take the Golden Jubilee at a price on Saturday (although he was duly noted as a real threat here) and is pointed toward the July Cup at Newmarket and then a defense of his Nunthorpe victory. He was the only British-trained horse to win a Group 1 race [...]

Lush Lashes Lands Loot

Apparently a change in distance is no problem for Jim Bolger’s Lush Lashes — although her last race was over a mile and a half (and not a particularly successful effort for her), she easily cut back to the mile distance of the Coronation Stakes. As he was for New Approach in the Derby, [...]

Yeats and Debates

The biggest story of the day from Royal Ascot is that Yeats did, indeed, win the Gold Cup for the third year running. He is only the second horse to achieve this milestone — the other, Sagaro, ran in the 1970s. Yeats is also the first 7-year-old to win the race since 1993, [...]

Royal Ascot: More Coolmore Success

Today’s racing from Royal Ascot opened with the Jersey Stakes; Aqlaam picked up his third win for the year in his fourth lifetime start in the 7 furlong race for 3-year-olds. Although he is by the sprinter Oasis Dream, his dam is a half-sister to Persian Punch, two-time winner of the Melbourne Cup, so we [...]

Royal Ascot: Day 1

Royal Ascot opened today with a gritty win for Haradasun in the Queen Anne Stakes; although passed by two horses, he battled back at the end to claim victory. Darjina and Finsceal Beo were second and third (although both encountered traffic trouble) — and both Johnny Murtagh and Kevin Manning picked up bans for [...]

Royal Ascot Week

Royal Ascot‘s opening day is Tuesday, starting things off with the Queen Anne Stakes — for those new to Royal Ascot, the race is for 4-year-olds and up over a mile. Haradasun (pictured), the Australian son of Fusaichi Pegasus (and half-brother to champion Elvstroem), will shortly be retiring to stud, so this race will [...]