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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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Big Weekend at Gulfstream

This weekend’s highlight for me is Einstein’s 2009 debut in the Donn Handicap; trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi warns that Gulfstream’s track is not his favorite dirt surface, but I think it’s great they are giving him a challenge, rather than going for the three-peat in the Gulfstream Park Turf. (Obviously adding that G1 victory to [...]

A Long-Expected Party?

The nation’s best-documented unraced 3-year-old is getting ready for his debut, complete with a CBS TV crew (which is considerably more coverage than the entire Sunshine Millions event received) – Nicanor, full brother to Barbaro, is likely to race shortly. He’s been training in Florida for the winter and the likely spot is [...]

Everyone’s a Hero

I didn’t actually watch the Eclipse Awards myself, since Monday night is sacrosanct – House and How I Met Your Mother both take precedence, even on TiVo. But it sounds like I didn’t miss much: Curlin repeated as Horse of the Year, all the expected names won in their respective categories (although I would [...]

Sunshine Millions Weekend

Back in the day, the Sunshine Millions used to be on national television – now you’ll have to dig for it on HRTV/TVG. And good luck searching for it online – the first few hits are all about last year’s installment (so well done, Magna). It’s a shame the annual California vs. [...]

On Such a Winter's Day

The Martin Luther King holiday and Inauguration Day mean that here at Superfecta HQ we are only now looking back over last weekend’s races, but on the whole I feel pretty pleased about having highlighted The Pamplemousse and Nownownow in advance – shame I didn’t bet on either of them.

The Pamplemousse (pictured) is likely to [...]

Happy Inauguration Day!

We’ll get back to the ponies tomorrow, never fear, but today, here is some guidance for your inaugural imbibing pleasure.

Avery Ale to the ChiefA ‘presidential’ pale ale, clocking in around 8.75% and full of Cascade hop goodness. Everything from Avery is wonderful (especially their Collaboration not Litigation), so I have high hopes for this.

Ommegang [...]

All the White Horses

For reasons that escape me, the weekend seemed to be all about white horses – one sold and then unsold, one in the winner’s circle and one with a new name. First White Prince, an all-white yearling colt out of Patchen Beauty, was the sales topper at Keeneland for the fifth sale session this [...]

Sometimes I Miss California Weather

While we shiver on the Right Coast, there’s fine racing action on tap in sunny California (and I’d like to take a brief moment to recommend that state’s Mount Shasta Brewing Company Mountain High IPA). The older horses are meeting up in the San Fernando and The Blood-Horse seems to like El Gato Malo, [...]

Highs and Lows

Here at Superfecta HQ we were looking forward to a pleasant recap of last weekend’s racing and some thoughts about Eclipse Award peculiarities and auction prices, but work and fate both intervened. (At least the work part was pleasant).

Yesterday’s news that both Indyanne and Go-Between (pictured) had died was rather shocking; [...]

Managing Expectations

Note: A revised version of this post appears at The Blood-Horse.

While there is much excitement in certain quarters over the upcoming debut of brother, Barbaro’s brother Nicanor, it’s a good idea to temper expectations with a bit of reality. Most horses never compete at racing’s highest level. Some show early promise that [...]