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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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Picking The Pamplemousse

This weekend’s 3-year-old action comes to us from California and Florida; The Pamplemousse takes on eleven in the Sham Stakes, while the now-shortened Fountain of Youth showcases quite a few Derby hopefuls. I admit I’m most excited about seeing The Pamplemousse (pictured) in action again – there’s always something interesting about him on Mary [...]

Where Are They Now? Shake The Bank Edition

With all the Derby trail races and plummeting auction prices taking up real estate on the Blood-Horse’s website, it is easy to overlook an interesting little piece on what super-rabbit Shake the Bank is up to now. Retired from racing, he’s found a new home in Maryland and he’s working toward a jumping career.

His [...]

I’d Be Safe And Warm

Spring House took the San Luis Obispo for the second time over the weekend (I keep saying he’s under-rated) and while it’s fair to point out that heavy hitters Artiste Royal and Champs Elysees both scratched, his solid victory was nothing to sniff at. British invader Zambezi Sun didn’t seem to love Santa Anita, [...]

It’s A Family Affair

It’s not a big weekend for the 3-year-olds, but the older horses have plenty going on in California. Champs Elysees is still in the game and he’s taking on his nephew (insofar as we can pretend these terms apply in horse breeding) Zambezi Sun in the San Luis Obispo.

In case you’re wondering how that [...]

In Which We Consult With An Expert

The Thoroughbred Times ran a feature article which focused on the welcome news that eight of last year’s champions will remain in training and explores some of the economic realities which have led to this unusual turn of events. However, some parts, alas, just don’t ring true – like this quote from Michael Iavarone:
“We [...]

If They Were Me, And I Was You

Old Fashioned lived up to his hype in the Southwest yesterday; his win was nothing short of thoroughly professional. He did not seem fazed by his layoff prior to the race nor the tougher competition – it’s easy to see why he’ll be the Derby favorite in the next future wager pool. Of [...]

Plenty On Tap

It’s true, the Derby preps seem to have begun in earnest, but this weekend belongs just as much to the veterans. Perennial Casa Superfecta favorite Brass Hat is coming back in the Dust Commander at Turfway. Now 8, no one’s quite sure what sort of form he’ll be in after an extended vacation, [...]

Art Isn’t Easy

You may have noticed in passing the news that Britain’s Ebbsfleet Valley was seeking a major artwork to rival the Angel of the North in Gateshead, and that a giant white horse has been chosen as the preferred design. While this horse will be a sculpture, rather than a chalk horse of the type [...]

Three Delivery

While on paper this past weekend’s three-year-old races look like perfect examples of budding stars beating up on lesser competition, all three of those winning favorites (or near-favorites) got to face a little adversity – not a bad thing at this point in their respective careers.

Stardom Bound ran her usual come-from-behind race (demonstrating she didn’t [...]

Hey, She Likes It!

There are, indeed, many things to like about ‘Jockeys‘ – the high-definition is fantastic, the action shots are great and the show has been very well-edited to keep the storylines (so far) tight and the pace steady. It even passed the test for Casa Superfecta’s courtesy race fan (who really doesn’t know/care much about [...]