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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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Finally Catching Up

Which way will she go?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 news as well – Lawyer Ron was euthanized, and Pioneerof the Nile and Monba each retired hurt to the breeding shed. The news about Lawyer Ron was especially sad as I’ve heard some very encouraging things indeed about his first crop and know of more than one person who had been looking to breed their mares to him based on those foals – hopefully they will do him proud on the track. The injury=retirement trend even extended overseas, to hard-knocking Aussie sprinting champ Takeover Target – he cracked a cannon bone in the July Cup at Newmarket (won by Fleeting Spirit), but word is he is recovering nicely from surgery.

However, it’s not all bad news – there’s a great weekend on tap. A nice bunch of 3-year-old turf horses (including Nicanor, who worked a bullet at Fair Hill yesterday) will contest the Virginia Derby on Saturday and there’s the question of just who will line up for the Del Cap on Sunday. I can’t decide whether it’s a good omen or a bad sign that Delaware Park’s website is up and down on the day they draw entries for the race, but as of yesterday Rachel Alexandra was still a theoretical participant. My gut feeling is that she’ll wait for the Haskell, but given that it’s much easier for me to get to Delaware Park, I hope she takes that option.

Check back later in the week for further developments (and the odd picture from Kentucky)…

1 comment to Finally Catching Up

  • kevin stafford

    I'm still laughing at my faux pas earlier in the week whereby I suddenly and inexplicably labelled Precious Passion as a "filly." Thankfully this was quickly corrected, but oh – the horror! :-)

    Well, we didn't get our Del Cap wish, but the Haskell is a nice consolation. :0

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