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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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Yes, We’re on Hiatus for the Dubai World Cup…

Were you aware? Freddie Ljungberg is also a talented soccer player.

The Family Superfecta is heading to Seattle for MLS First Kick, so there will be nothing horse-related (here) this week.  You can catch a short piece at Hello Race Fans later, or if you are deeply intrigued, follow our soccer and foodie adventures via [...]

Will Bambera and Christine Daae Overshadow the Boys?

¡Bienvenida a Florida, Bambera!

This weekend’s Florida Derby looks a little easier with Eskenderya’s removal to the Wood Memorial; in his absence, Rule is the deserving favorite as the only horse in the field with a US graded stakes win.  Handicappers quite rightly don’t like betting horses at such short prices, but they may get [...]

The Peer of Zeus?

Was Polyphemus in pursuit?

The Tampa Bay Derby was, perhaps, last Saturday’s most dramatic race, and one can look at Odysseus’ win two ways – as a horse who gets himself into trouble (but still manages to win), or as a horse who fights to win despite the odds.  The latter is a more interesting [...]

What Failure Really Looks Like

This means you, NTRA

Let’s begin with a basic premise: getting a check for second is not a failure, but a non-working website is.  With that in mind, let’s examine the events of the past weekend. For some reason, American racing at the highest level is hung up on success or ‘failure’ in an individual [...]

And So We Begin…

Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta are both in action on Saturday, which means racing fans will be torn between sheer excitement at seeing them on the track again, and nail-biting concern that the slightest bobble could keep one or both out of their planned showdown in the Apple Blossom next month. Ed DeRosa calms fans’ nerves [...]

An Apéritif

Is another Bickersons triumph in the making?

We’ll save Friday for Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, so let’s take a look at this weekend’s 3-year-old races today.  The Tampa Bay Derby may be one of the most exciting Derby preps so far this season – it features the highly-hyped Super Saver, Uptowncharlybrown and wise-guy horse Odysseus.  [...]

Conspiracies and Countdowns

Game on

Here’s a conspiracy theory for you – while Crisp certainly looked fine in her upset victory in the Santa Anita Oaks, it was a race Blind Luck ‘had to lose’ to stave off Derby fever – hence the change to her usual running style (and the troubled trip overall). An easy victory [...]

Quick Hits

Come get some.

We’re rather overcommitted here at Superfecta HQ this week, so updates are short and snappy (in theory).

The Breeders’ Cup is still toying with the asinine idea of holding the event at Santa Anita (or perhaps somewhere else, but they really want Santa Anita) forever and ever, amen. I would probably be [...]