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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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Retirements and Departures

While Lava Man is working toward a comeback, the equally hard-knocking Better Talk Now is finally heading for retirement. Better Talk Now was aiming for another G1 win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic coming up this weekend, but he injured a suspensory ligament while training; he’ll be looking at a comfortable retirement instead of [...]

Quick Hits

Time is short today, so we are limited to a few brief bullet points:

Lava Man back in training – the ‘Behind the Music‘ version is very informative.

Zenyatta to possibly run a few times next year – hey, that would be half her season this year already! How about Keeneland instead of Santa Anita? It would [...]

New NTRA Blog Post

…is up over there. More to come later!

Weekend Results & Breeders’ Cup Plans

Ventura added her success in the Woodbine Mile to the ongoing Season of Female Domination; second in this race last year, she blew past the field to win easily this time around. Although it’s a Win and You’re In Race for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, she’ll be heading to the Filly & Mare Sprint [...]

Beware the Weekend Post!

This year’s edition of the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs may not be its most stellar, but it does have an interesting cast of horses who have something to prove (a perfect setup for ‘Jockeys’ – but more on that later). Regal Ransom blew the doors off his more-heralded stablemate Desert Party in the [...]

Breeders’ Cup FTW!

As much as I like to complain that the racing industry often Gets It Wrong, the Breeders’ Cup did two Very Good Things this week (and it’s only Tuesday). First, they announced that a race will be airing live between two college football games on October 10th – and while I don’t personally see [...]

Looking Forward by Looking Back: Breeders’ Cup Marathon

This post also appears on NTRA.com.

At first glance, the Breeders’ Cup Marathon might seem as though it was designed to attract the European horses bred for longer distances; but while the Marathon is relatively new to the American racing scene, having only been added to the schedule last year, its new 1 3/4 distance is [...]

(Mostly) the Correct Outcomes

Almost all of last weekend’s stories played out exactly as scripted – Sea the Stars continued his march to greatness in Ireland, while we here in the US continued to enjoy Rachel Alexandra’s assault on the history books. Even Pyro made an exciting comeback, while only unlucky Einstein just missed out on getting the [...]

History, Achieved

Opportunities to bask in the glow of historical perspective abound in Rachel Alexandra’s win in the Woodward – it’s difficult to imagine anyone else even close to Horse of the Year after such a performance – but the chance to see her become the first 3-year-old filly to hold that position since 1945 has been [...]

Rachelmania

It’s a rare year in which the Woodward could determine Horse of the Year; we are lucky enough to be living through one of them now. While some have scoffed at the level of competition Rachel Alexandra (pictured yesterday in the paddock at Saratoga – courtesy of NYRA) will be facing in the race, [...]