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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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Breeders’ Cup Pre-entries – Initial Thoughts

You’ll want to go over these today – I’ll be doing that on a train shortly, with more to come later. In the meantime, here are a few quick thoughts –

Zenyatta’s first preference is the Classic – huzzah!

Dar Re Mi is down for the Turf, with the F&M Turf as her second choice; also [...]

Breeders’ Cup Musings & Arc Winning Dates

While we are focused on the Breeders’ Cup, across the pond they are already thinking about next year’s 2000 Guineas and the Derby, thanks to St. Nicholas Abbey’s impressive victory in the Racing Post Trophy over the weekend. The 2-year-old Montjeu colt is 3-for-3 so far – if nothing else, he’s already accomplished considerably [...]

No Alarms and No Surprises

The Breeders’ Cup defections continue apace; Icon Project has been retired with a tendon injury, Macho Again caught a cough, Gitano Hernando and Lahaleeb didn’t want to pay entry feeds, Rail Trip has a foot bruise and Septimus isn’t going to make the trip from Europe. With the retirement of Sea the Stars and [...]

Keeping Time

I wrote a new post about the Breeders’ Cup Marathon last week for the NTRA that has yet to appear there (in case you’re wondering why part of a ‘new’ article will be out of date by the time you read it), but since that’s not up yet, why not check out my most recent [...]

Jigsaw Falling Into Place

As we move inexorably closer to Breeders’ Cup time (pre-entries are to be announced in a little more than a week), things are fairly quiet – last weekend’s (stateside) races were most notable for a major exit, rather than as Breeders’ Cup preps.

But it was a satisfying exit; Champs Elysees capped his career in style, [...]

Sea the Stars Makes Room for the Lady?

Although we had the rare luxury last weekend of enjoying racing on normal-ish television for two days in a row, we’re now in that odd pre-Breeders’ Cup holding pattern, where we wait on the who’s-going-where decisions.

One that’s already been made is that Sea the Stars will not be coming to the Breeders’ Cup, but will, [...]

Epic Television FAIL Shockingly Not Racing-related

Sometimes, just sometimes, racing fans catch a break – on both Saturday and Sunday, ESPN actually showed some racing. American soccer fans were not as fortunate; while we got the desired result (we’re going to the World Cup!), watching the qualifying game in question was not an option for most. But this time [...]

More Quick Hits: Zenyatta, Mine That Bird, et al.

Yes, it’s another Friday with too much going on – time for some quick hits!

Things New Yorkish/CanadianIs Dublin a lock in the Champagne? Recall that Vineyard Haven and Munnings were 1-2 last year – is it becoming a prep for future sprinting success?

Should we be paying more attention to the Canadian 2-year-olds?

Things CalifornianWill Spring [...]

Jockeys in the Wild

Because time is short today, and you can never have enough Simon Pegg, today we offer two ‘jockey’ sketches from Big Train spliced together:

Live Nude Jockeys

Isn’t it odd that ESPN the Magazine chose to Alex Solis to represent naked jockeys, over Chantal Sutherland, for their clothing-optional issue (out on Friday)? You can watch him getting some nether-makeup here (about 1:10 in on the video) as he prepares for his closeup; note that Levi the horse avoids total nudity (and, [...]