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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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Obligatory Annual Horse of the Year Post

Annual award or longue durée importance?

I know, I know, I’ve said before that Horse of the Year really doesn’t matter – and from an Annales School perspective, that is very much the case. The fact remains that people beyond the core constituency of horse racing insiders and fans will remember Zenyatta – [...]

Breeders' Cup 2010: Parting Thoughts

High point: Goldikova's hat-trick

As we’ve already covered the Friday races, we’ll just reiterate these two points:

Do not cross Calvin Borel.  Do feel free to pitch a reality TV show in which he becomes a boxer or MMA star – it may be wrong, but it would be a guilty pleasure. #jockeyfight

 

Life At Ten: luckily, [...]

On Perfection: Musings on Zenyatta and Goldikova

Zenyatta and Blame, joined in history

Perfection can be a double-edged sword; no one suggests that missing out on maintaining it by inches has in any way tainted Zenyatta’s reputation, but it could be argued that its pursuit has, in some sense, held her back.  While jockey Mike Smith may continue to lament his role [...]

Breeders' Cup Friday Wrap-Up: The Sweet Science

Calvin Borel will cut you

Well, that was unusual.

Obviously, the post-Marathon #jockeyfight is going to be What People Remember from today’s Breeders’ Cup action – and the first two races both ending with inquiries made things even more peculiar.

But let’s recall some of the other highlights – trainer Diane Alvarado got her first Breeders’ Cup [...]

Breeders' Cup 2010 Advance Roundup Metapost

Zenyatta, Blingee'd

It’s here – your one-stop shopping for the Breeders’ Cup, featuring both Friday’s and Saturday’s races.  As you know by now, we’re looking to see both Goldikova and Zenyatta make history on Saturday – and we’ll be following along live during both broadcasts via Twitter.

Check back after the final races for a new [...]

Breeders' Cup Classic

Finally, the big race – and yes, I’m on Team Zenyatta for this one:

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Jockey
Trainer
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#1
Quality Road
John Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
5-1

I have a lot of time for Quality Road, but I suspect he doesn’t really want to go a mile and a quarter; his Woodward win might have been close to his ideal distance.

#2
Paddy O’Prado
Kent Desormeaux
Dale Romans
15-1

I would have [...]

Breeders' Cup Turf

The Breeders’ Cup Turf – it’s like the Eurovision Song Contest, only without Malta!

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
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#1
Champ Pegasus
Joel Rosario
Richard Mandella
10-1

Seems to be coming into his own on the grass of late.

#2
Winchester
Cornelio Velasquez
Christophe Clement
8-1

Has scored a number of G1 victories this year – but can he beat the visitors?

#3
Telling
Javier Castellano
Steve Hobby
20-1

Won the Sword Dancer as part of an otherwise [...]

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

This race should be very competitive; it’s something of a throwaway category in the opinion of some, although it’s one there’s clearly demand for – there’s no reason we shouldn’t have top-level dirt milers as well as turf milers:

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Jockey
Trainer
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#1
Dakota Phone
Joel Rosario
Jerry Hollendorfer
30-1

Seems better suited to Polytrack or turf.

#2
Tizway
Rajiv Maragh
H. James Bond
6-1

Won the Kelso Handicap a [...]

Breeders' Cup Mile

I love the Mile; it’s always been one of my favorite Breeders’ Cup races, and I’ve been wildly successful picking winners in it (though it’s made easier by some repeat performances, notably those of Miesque, Da Hoss and Lure). Obviously I want to see Goldikova make history here:

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Jockey
Trainer
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#1
Beethoven (IRE)
John Murtagh
Aidan O’Brien
20-1

Has been finishing a bit [...]

Breeders' Cup Juvenile

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile/Kentucky Derby ‘curse’ may have been broken, but I’m not sure we’ve yet seen the main cast of characters we’ll be following next spring. Leaving that to one side, we should still see a few of these coming to the fore:

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Jockey
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#1
Biondetti
Ahmed Ajtebi
Mahmoud Al Zarooni
12-1

Undefeated so far, and a Group 1 winner on [...]