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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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Beware the Kelpie

With two separate parades pending today, my time is somewhat limited. As a result, I will first direct you to last year’s Halloween post, but will also include a few other notes on horses in folklore you may want to be on the lookout for tonight.

If you are near water, beware of the Kelpie – [...]

Breeders’ Cup: What’s Next?

With the 2008 Breeders’ Cup in the books, the focus shifts almost immediately to next year. Who will be retired? Who is coming back? What are they aiming for? We know the answers for a number of the winners (and contenders) already, but the list is far from complete. In [...]

Just The Surface?

Much has been written about the effect the synthetic surface had on the Breeders’ Cup (and I believe there are many legitimate arguments to be made in favor and against them in that regard), but I wonder what role the other ‘new’ element played this year — no steroids. While it’s certainly relevant to examine [...]

Raven's Pass Wins the Classic

On the one hand, I can say that I totally called it; on the other, I didn’t actually bet Raven’s Pass on his own (despite talking him up and including him in all my exotics) so I am a huge loser. But not Raven’s Pass – he’s a winner! Enjoy, and I promise [...]

Breeders’ Cup Saturday Live-ish Blog

Marathon — awesome, I had Muhannak across the board. That means I’ve already recouped my investment for the day. Sixties Icon was probably robbed, but I’ll take my winnings.

Turf Sprint — apparently Diabolical still has it, although Desert Code ran a great race to beat him. Interesting, and I really wish I’d [...]

All Hail Zenyatta

I know this is terribly, terribly wrong, but Zenyatta is, indeed, perfect…

TiVo-Blogging the Friday Races

Ah, finally home! Now for some stream-of-consciousness observations.

First, Ventura in the Filly & Mare Sprint. Clearly much the best today, Indian Blessing never had a chance to get past her. Shame Magnificience never seemed quite the same after her injury. I’ll have to modify my ‘bet the Bobby Frankel mare on [...]

Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races should be an interesting mix of star power and unknown quantities. Anything could happen in the Marathon, the two-year-old races might produce any number of unusual results and the surface will be new to defending champion Curlin and foreign entrants alike, so the Classic is no foregone conclusion. In [...]

Breeders’ Cup Caboose List

The (first) big day is finally here, there is a little news (Indyanne is out of the Filly & Mare Sprint with a fever, Elusive Bluff is scratched from the Juvenile with a hoof bruise) and later you’ll get a big post on the Saturday races and a semi-live-blog of this afternoon’s races. But [...]

Breeders’ Cup Friday

The Breeders’ Cup is almost upon us, and tomorrow will see some fantastic fillies and mares take to the track (most likely while you, dear reader, are at work). While I won’t be wagering on tomorrow’s races, I will be keeping a close eye on things (while finalizing my picks for Saturday’s races, which [...]