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2008 December | Superfectablog v3.0

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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Stories of the Year, 2008 Edition

Performance of the Year: Zarkava
Simply the best. Imagine what she could have accomplished at 4 – oh well.

The Reigning Champ: Curlin
An easy Dubai World Cup win, a turf experiment, a broken earnings record – it was great to see him running at four.

Most Underrated Horse Out There: Einstein
Einstein has been forced to carry a [...]

Sprinters A-Go-Go

Apologies for the lack of updates over the holidays – things will be back to normal starting next week. While Indian Blessing’s win in the La Brea was necessarily subdued in light of Indyanne’s injury (which, so far, looks as though it will not require surgery – ones hopes that is an encouraging sign), [...]

An Historical Interlude

With the holidays upon us, there is not a huge amount going on in the racing world for the next few weeks. With that in mind, I will most likely spend the next few weeks ruminating on matters historical. An article on the Belair Stables Museum in Maryland got me wondering about the [...]

Odds and Ends

Controversial Aussie jockey Chris Munce officially made his comeback, riding two winners, but the Hong Kong Jockey Club is still aiming to keep him grounded (even in Australia) until next September, as per their ban. Dan Liebman argues in The Blood-Horse that he should not have been allowed to ride (and I agree). [...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

Inspired by the news that a palomino filly would be offered for sale at Keeneland (and she is a nice color, although her family would not inspire awe from a racing perspective), I began looking into the origins of the color in thoroughbreds. But just as I was about to start digging more deeply [...]

Bringing Order Out of Chaos

The Paulick Report’s recent suggestion to ban trainers with drug violations from Eclipse Award contention is a very interesting idea, but as many have pointed out, the fact that medication rules (currently) vary from state to state makes it difficult (in some cases) to determine whether something was an honest mistake with a therapeutic medicine [...]

Returns and Farewells

I spent most of the holiday weekend traveling up and down the Eastern seaboard, and as a result only got the news about Saturday’s somber day at Aqueduct after the fact. I’d seen the Cigar Mile results in brief and saw a few ‘what a shame’ comments, but initially thought the shame was the [...]