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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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Both Sides Now

I get it, I really do – after the debacle with Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup, I can see why Jess Jackson doesn’t want to bring Rachel Alexandra to the Breeders’ Cup this year. But two facts don’t quite fit in with his firm anti-’plastic surfaces’ viewpoint. The first is that Curlin always [...]

Things International and Coastal Girl Power

Much of the news this week seems to carry a bit of an international flavor; there is talk that Wesley Ward’s successes at Royal Ascot will bring more American horses (especially sprinters – Cannonball narrowly missed out on winning the Golden Jubilee). The Guardian put his accomplishments rather quaintly:
A top-class Ascot success for an [...]

Royal Ascot Day Three: All Yeats

Day three of Royal Ascot could only be about Yeats – but before we move on to his history-making fourth Gold Cup win, we’ll review some of the other races on the card.

There was no luck for Wesley Ward this time in the Norfolk Stakes – Yogaroo slammed into the favorite Monsieur Chevalier (who was [...]

Royal Ascot: Day 2

There was a bit of fallout from Johnny Murtagh’s ‘enthusiastic’ ride on Mastercraftsman yesterday – he got a one-day ban for excessive whip use in the St. James’s Palace Stakes. He picked up another six-day ban for his ‘careless’ ride in the Ascot Stakes, so he’s now up to seven days off after just [...]

Weekend Roundup & Royal Ascot, Day 1

Today is the first day of Royal Ascot; before we get to the racing across the pond, we’ll have a quick update of the past weekend’s goings-on stateside. The was naturally disappointment in Camp Superfecta over Einstein’s tough trip in the Stephen Foster (and let’s give credit to Macho Again for putting in a [...]

Team Einstein Revisited

As we discussed earlier in the week, it’s almost Einstein time. Saturday’s Stephen Foster presents the perfect excuse for my favorite Brazilian-bred to finally get a little corner of the media spotlight, and some publications have duly obliged. There are two great articles about trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi and her ‘best friend in the [...]

End of Part One

While the dust settles from the Triple Crown and many of the 3-year-olds take a little break (literally, in the case of Dunkirk, who is having surgery for a left hind fracture – although with luck he should be back in the fall – although it still adds fuel to the Unbridled’s Song = ‘soft [...]

Belmont Stakes Wrap-up

Apologies for the abrupt end of the live-blog on Saturday, but the wireless was getting increasingly temperamental – and we had some tickets that needed cashing.

All in all, this year’s Belmont was a great day out – perfect weather, a great undercard and an exciting Belmont Stakes. The fact that we left the track [...]

Belmont Day Live Blog

We are finally here and just caught the True North – for some reason, the dirt track is only listed as ‘good’ – yet Fabulous Strike and Benny the Bull just burned up the track and Teresa (just a few seats away) tells me it’s been like that all day so far. As expected, [...]

2009 Belmont Stakes: On The Record

Yesterday we took a look at the Belmont undercard, so today, it’s time for the main event.

1 / Chocolate Candy / G. Gomez / J. Hollendorfer / 10-1I’ve been excited about Chocolate Candy for a while, and [...]