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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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Moon of Alabama?

The collective connections of the fillies in the Alabama are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief at the absence of Rachel Alexandra. Without her long shadow looming over them, we get the chance to note that they are a nice group – they may not be as freakishly talented, but they have, for the most part, performed well elsewhere. I earned a bit of money on Funny Moon last time out, and I like seeing her here again facing a number of competitors she’s beaten before. She also has the services of Alan Garcia, who has been on fire at Saratoga – and while I also like Don’t Forget Gil and Be Fair, Funny Moon is the one to beat. While none of them may match up to previous winners like Miss Woodford, our featured horse this month, or twentieth-century Alabama champions like Vagrancy, Go For Wand or Silverbulletday, they are a good group that could progress down the line.

But it’s not just the fillies worried about Rachel Alexandra’s next start – Charitable Man’s next race will also depend on where she goes. While the Travers has been the goal, he will point elsewhere if she goes. Naturally, for my own convenience I’d like to see her in the Pennsylvania Derby – but we should have a fine Travers on tap either way. I’ll be handing out no doubt ill-thought-out commentary on the Travers next week on the airwaves, but please do tune in anyway!

And so, on to season two of ‘Jockeys,’ which kicks off tonight; this time around, it’s the lead-up to the Derby. For the committed racing fan, that means a large part of the drama will be somewhat lacking, but I’m particularly interested to see the activity around I Want Revenge – how did Animal Planet avoid getting slapped by a lawsuit? It seems everyone else involved got one. Monsters and Critics has details on each episode and it sounds as though each one will be fairly self-contained, with a slightly deeper focus than the first-season episodes. Garrett Gomez and Corey Nakatani seem cast as the villains to a certain extent, although one imagines (hopes?) it will be a little more complex upon viewing.

In any event, it’s a welcome return for a show that sheds a little more light on the industry to a wider audience.

1 comment to Moon of Alabama?

  • Anonymous

    Despite loving Zenyatta and being inclined to watch anything racing related, I quit watching Jockeys. I can't watch implausible story lines that cast jockeys as villians.

    Ups and downs of a jockey's life, fine. Blatant ommission of troubling issues in the sport, not reality and not enough.

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