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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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The Official Superfecta 2009 Year in Review

It almost seems we racing fans have experienced a karmic reversal this year; after the lows of the previous few years, we were treated to nothing less than history – live. So, without further ado, here are the top ten moments in horse racing for 2009, as seen from Superfecta HQ:

10) Einstein wins the Big [...]

Christmas Wrapping

If you’re a last-minute holiday shopper still looking to pick up a racing-related item, look no further than Jim Squires’ Headless Horsemen. It’s a thoughtful, often quite entertaining, look at the industry from the ultimate insider/outsider. While Squires is never going to be one of ‘the Dinnies’ whose portraits he rather deliciously paints [...]

Epic Fail in the Making?

The Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors met last week to discuss a long-term strategic plan(!), and while I generally encourage such things, it sounds like the group did not come up with anything particularly earth-shattering – and a few ideas were simply not well thought out by this group largely comprised of older white men [...]

What Can a Commissioner Do? Ask MLS.

With winter settling in in earnest, there’s not a lot going on in the racing world Stateside. The Rachel Alexandra/Zenyatta Horse of the Year debate continues apace, of course, with Jess Jackson suggesting he’s happy for a little controversy – after all, it keeps horse racing (somewhat) in the public consciousness. The same [...]

Musings on the Year of the Filly

As many have noted, Vodka’s thrilling win in the Japan Cup put yet another stamp on the Year of the Filly. With Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta Stateside, Goldikova in Europe and Vodka in Asia, it almost seems that the colts are an afterthought – indeed, even Down Under, the talk of the racing world [...]