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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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Some Things You Need To See In Person

With so much high-quality racing on tap for this weekend, one would think that ESPN and/or ABC could make room in their busy schedule for at least Rachel Alexandra’s appearance in the Haskell, but apparently they are more fully committed to their broadcast of the X Games, some sort of NASCAR event, a relatively minor [...]

Opera Australia

Before we return to Saratoga and continue to New Jersey to see Rachel Alexandra in the Haskell, let’s take a brief journey Down Under – Sid Fernando reminded us that things are coming along nicely for pure white filly The Opera House. She has now won two barrier trials in a row (in Australia, [...]

Saratoga & the Shore

It’s opening week at Saratoga and things get going with some celerity – the 2-year-olds step out in the Sanford on Thursday, and this Saturday the featured race is the Jim Dandy. But much of the focus at Saratoga so far this week has been on the workouts – Rachel Alexandra turned in her [...]

Coaching Club American Oaks: A Very Brief History

The Coaching Club American Oaks may have been run at a variety of distances throughout its history, but it is notable that one of the purposes in creating the race in 1917 was to select the very best racemares to become stars in the breeding shed. Indeed, the NY Times described the Coaching Club’s [...]

Tuesday Roundup

Perhaps the most interesting result from last weekend’s racing is that the Grand Slam of Grass is still a possibility, thanks to Battle of Hasting’s win (pictured) in the Virginia Derby. As mentioned last week, the Grand Slam of Grass seems to be unfamiliar even in the racing world (indeed, it was news to [...]

A Very Busy Weekend

It’s a big sports weekend all around – the Virginia Derby, the Del Cap and, of course, the Gold Cup. Granted, some racing fans may be wondering what the Gold Cup is, but if you feel it necessary to avoid soccer talk, you can simply skip the today’s final paragraphs.

I have long maintained that [...]

Ye Cannae Change The Laws O’ Physics…

…but paying attention to them can make raceshorses run faster. Indeed, the changes in jockeys’ riding styles since the early 20th century seem to account for modern speed to some extent, according to new research published in Science this week. (Of course, as a former Nature employee I hate to link to a [...]

Following Rachel Down The Shore

I like Delaware Park a lot, really I do, but my schedule is so packed this summer I can only make one race, which means I’ll be heading to Monmouth to see Rachel Alexandra in the Haskell. It certainly makes more sense for her to aim for this over the Del Cap – she’ll [...]

Finally Catching Up

I missed a busy week while vacationing – Presious Passion tanked a course record in the UN, Gio Ponti kept his winning streak going in the Man o’ War, Pure Clan looked charming in the Modesty and Rail Trip also broke a record in the Hollywood Gold Cup. Of course, there was less pleasant [...]

Did I Miss Anything?

Regular service will resume tomorrow, but I have indeed returned from the farthest reaches of Kentucky. Among my discoveries: downtown Lexington seems to largely consist of a stadium and a hole in the ground; Kentucky Horse Park is somewhat light on the ‘horse’ part of their mission at the moment; Kentucky Light is a vastly [...]