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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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Battleship Ballydoyle

The Ballydoyle juggernaut rolls on; Yeats cruised to victory in the Goodwood Cup (becoming a millionaire in the process — obviously, given the current exchange rate, he’s practically off the charts in dollars).

Former Horse of the Year Sergeant Cecil finished last in the race and, like Lava Man (whose career mirrored his to a certain extent, albeit over considerably longer distances and with nearly 50 starts — check out his official website for more), he was retired. Here’s hoping he enjoys his next career, whatever that may be.

There’s no official word yet on what’s next for Yeats, but there is plenty of discussion about a certain race in New Jersey this weekend. Despite the return of Big Brown, there’s a sizable field, although perhaps not the strongest ever assembled. While his connections have managed to score some badly-needed PR points by announcing that a portion of any winnings will go to ReRun, the thoroughbred retirement charity, the proceedings are still overshadowed by trainer Rick Dutrow’s ongoing Fun with Drugs — most recently in the form of a letter from Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) asking why his penalty for his recent positive (particularly given his extensive history) is so light. (Wouldn’t we all like to know?)

I also wonder why he was granted a continuance on his appeal for the 15-day suspension — already a nearly pointless slap on the wrist — but presumably we will hear various (and likely conflicting) points of view on that issue on the ESPN telecast.

We’ll have more on the Haskell and its implications for Big Brown’s future tomorrow — along with a spotlight on the still-undefeated Zenyatta, who will be in action at Del Mar on Saturday.

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