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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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Things Popular Overseas: Quality Road, Soccer

The equine Bill Bryson?

The Met Mile takes place on Monday, and it’s generating some interest overseas; Britain’s Racing Post seems more excited about seeing Quality Road back in action than most of our domestic racing press does at this point – the race will even be shown live on At The Races.  (Will their [...]

Goldikova Back With A Bang

Goldikova (l) does her winning thing

Last year, Goldikova finished seventh in the Prix d’Ispahan, her yearly debut; it seemed that the extra furlong and soft going were not to her taste.  There were no such questions this year – the 5-year-old mare set a new stakes record in the same race, capturing her eighth [...]

Bad News/Good News

Hasili VIII: A New Hope?

D. Wayne Lukas may not be sending Dublin to the Belmont, but he’ll be busy nonetheless; he’s just become the trainer for Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.  The move had been rumored for a few weeks, but it was confirmed this week with the horse setting out from New [...]

Preakness Wrap-up & Business Woes

Youngest horse + youngest jockey = Preakness win

Lookin At Lucky finally had his luck change, and another Preakness is in the books.  While Lucky’s win was not unexpected, First Dude and Jackson Bend’s efforts to round out the trifecta were a little more surprising.  First Dude showed he’s more than just a colt saddled [...]

Preakness Ponderings

Can Calvin win back-to-back Preaknesses?

The Preakness draw will take place this evening at 5 pm, but post position is much less of an issue at Pimlico – especially as the field size has been decreased with the absence of Hurricane Ike, who is out with a leg injury.  A Little Warm was declared [...]

Kentucky Derby Wrap-Up – Baltimore Bound?

Calvin may run out of fingers on which to count Derby wins

Another Kentucky Derby is in the books, and for the third time in four years, Calvin Borel’s name appears in the record.  Todd Pletcher finally got his long-elusive Derby win, as did WinStar Farms.  Super Saver became the second son of Maria’s Mon [...]

NBC + Bravo + Women + Sports = FAIL

Hey, ladies – did you know you like to watch the Kentucky Derby because you are distracted by shiny, pretty things?  You don’t really like sports – NBC’s senior vice president of marketing, Mike McCarley, said so:

“Women are watching the Derby more for the spectacle than the sporting event,” McCarley said. “There’s a balance you [...]