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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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Welcome, NY Times Readers!

Greetings, readers of TheRail – thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed the bit on this year’s Breeders’ Cup Marathon.  Here are a few highlights you might enjoy:

Initial thoughts on the Breeders’ Cup pre-entries for Friday and Saturday
Horse racing in folk song – Trad Arr Superfecta parts I and II
A few Halloween-and-horse-related posts [...]

Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries: Saturday Races

Two Triples?

And so, on to the Saturday Breeders’ Cup races – rumors that there are some other horses competing beyond Goldikova and Zenyatta are entirely true.  While the two champion mares are, without question, the stars of the event, each race on the card has something worthwhile going on.

After all, there’s a Kentucky Derby [...]

Breeders' Cup 2010 Pre-Entries: Friday Races

Will Friday be Blind Luck's lucky day?

Breeders’ Cup pre-entries are out, so it’s time for the handicapping to begin in earnest.  Here are a few initial thoughts on Friday’s races:

Marathon

Horse (weight) / Trainer

A. U. Miner (126) / Hanna
Eldaafer (126) / D. Alvarado
Temple City (126) / Gaines
Awesome Gem (126) / C. Dollase
Giant Oak (126) / [...]

In Praise of Brass Hat

We here at Superfecta HQ have long been fans of Brass Hat – and that’s not something you can say about many racehorses these days.  His first mention on this site came in June 2006, in the wake of his still-irksome DQ from his gutsy second place finish in the Dubai World Cup.  (In what [...]

Secretariat: A Review

William Nack’s Secretariat: The Making of a Champion is, far and away, the finest book ever written about horse racing.  No one else has so convincingly portrayed the dramatics, enthusiasm and sense of serving as a witness to history that Nack took on in documenting Secretariat’s origins and Triple Crown.  For those of us who [...]

Why I Am Excited About the Breeders' Cup

In a word: Goldikova.  A second semi-word: threepeat.  Let’s see it happen.