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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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A Return, and a Long Weekend

Things are slowly getting back to normal here at Casa Superfecta, after a quick jaunt to the left coast for some soccer (but more on that later). The Breeders’ Cup may be in the history books, but Thanksgiving weekend offers quite a variety of top-level racing.

On Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs, Unbridled Belle and Swift [...]

Breeders’ Cup Wrap-up, 2009

While Zenyatta’s historic win in the Classic seems to eclipse the rest of the two-day event, there were many other interesting storylines – each race stood out in its own way this year.

MarathonWhat a fascinating result – nine-year-old Cloudy’s Knight very nearly got there to be the oldest Breeders’ Cup winner on record (and jockey [...]

On Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra and Memory

Memory plays a very particular role in horse racing, and the journey from historical statistic into the realm of myth necessitates some editing of that memory.

We remember that Man o’War won twenty out of twenty-one races, but we give special note to his single loss – losing to a horse named Upset only seemed that [...]

Zenyatta: Your Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion

Some early press reports -

Racing Post: Zenyatta Makes Breeders’ Cup Classic HistoryThe Age: Remarkable Zenyatta Takes Breeders’ Cup ClassicNew York Times: Zenyatta Stuns Males to Win Breeders’ Cup ClassicNew York Times: [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Saturday

We’ll just go straight in for the commentary – latest updates always on Twitter.

Juvenile TurfI had Viscount Nelson with Pounced in my exacta, so I won’t be cashing any tickets, but it was a very professional effort by Pounced (with more than a little help from Frankie Dettori). In any event, it’s always fun [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Filly & Mare-athon Day

The Breeders’ Cup is finally upon us; from my vantage point (watching TVG), the weather looks perfect. We’ve had a few scratches – Kera’s Kitten in the Juvenile Turf, and Allegre from tomorrow’s Turf – but at least in the case of the former race, the Ramsey barn has so many talented Kitten’s Joy [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Classic

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Mine That Bird, Chip Woolley, C. Borel, 12-1Perhaps unfairly overlooked; he does have the rail and Bo-Rail.

2 Colonel John, Eoin Harty, G. Gomez, 12-1Solid runner is flying a bit under the radar.

3 Summer Bird, Tim Ice, K. Desormeaux, 9/2Gets better and better each time out – can’t wait to [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Turf

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Telling, Steve Hobby, J. Castellano, 20-1Sword Dancer winner is competitive with American turf runners, if not often in the winner’s circle.

2 Conduit (IRE), Sir Michael Stoute, R. Moore, 7/5Wins almost every time he does not face Sea the Stars – a worthy returning champion.

3 Red Rocks (IRE), B.J. Meehan, [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Dirt Mile

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Mastercraftsman (IRE), Aiden P. O’Brien, J. Murtagh, 6/5Class of the field, no question (pictured).

2 Furthest Land, Michael J. Maker, J. Leparoux, 20-1Won Kentucky Cup Classic last time, but he’s not beaten much.

3 Midshipman, Saeed Bin Suroor, G. Gomez, 6-1Only blemish is a second in last year’s Norfolk Stakes; second [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Mile

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Court Vision, Richard Dutrow, Jr., R. Albarado, 12-1Looked good last time out, but this is a tall order.

2 Whatsthescript (IRE), John W. Sadler, K. Desormeaux, 15-1Third in this race last year; has not won since August of the same.

3 Cowboy Cal, Todd Pletcher, J. Velazquez, 6-1Won the Oak Tree [...]