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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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Breeders' Cup 2011: Saturday Wrap-up

No doubt Goldikova’s final race will be many people’s chief memory of the day – add in some truly bizarre results throughout the weekend, and this year’s Breeders’ Cup looks like a bit of a head-scratcher in retrospect. But think of the high points: Joseph O’Brien (surely, the only jockey in the world who [...]

Breeders' Cup 2011: Friday Wrap-up

Some quick highlights from Friday: Secret Circle looked sharp, but Shumoos was perhaps more exciting finishing just behind him. And there were some great longshot wins from Musical Romance and Perfect Shirl. My Miss Aurelia looks to have a bright future, and I really need to make back all I lost with a strong showing [...]

Breeders' Cup Classic

And so, on to the main event – will something happen that could knock Goldikova off the top of Twitter’s trending topics?  Follow along to find out…we’ll be posting our customary wrapups-with-Blingees after key races on both Friday and Saturday (with or without any jockeyfights).

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
ML Odds

1.
Prayer for Relief
Rafael Bejarano
Bob Baffert
30-1

Can’t see it happening.

2.
Flat Out
Alex Solis
Charles [...]

Breeders' Cup Mile

The moment you have all been waiting for – the Goldikova show! With the exception of the connections of the horses running against her (and one would imagine that even some of them are hoping she’ll make history), it would be hard to find anyone not looking for the French star to end her career [...]

Breeders' Cup Juvenile

2 year olds. On dirt. Cue often-misguided early Derby buzz.

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
ML Odds

1.
Take Charge Indy
James Graham
Patrick B. Byrne
30-1

Looked very tired in his last race (and I say this as a fan of his dam, Take Charge Lady).

2.
Dullahan
Kent Desormeaux
Dale L. Romans
8-1

Half to Mine That Bird tries the dirt. Looked good on turf, but will his form translate?

3.
Crusade
Julien Leparoux
Aidan [...]

Breeders' Cup Turf

Insert ‘European Vacation’ jokes here…and expect a blanket finish from the stars who have flown in from across the pond.

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
ML Odds

1.
St Nicholas Abbey 
Joseph P. O’Brien
Aidan O’Brien
9-2

Certainly very accomplished, but I think Sarafina has his number this time.

2.
Sarafina
Christophe Lemaire
Alain De Royer-Dupre
5-2

While the Arc->Breeders’ Cup trip hasn’t worked well in the past, she could do it.

3.
Dean’s Kitten
Ramon [...]

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Or, the race that Uncle Mo should have been running in. You know this.

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
ML Odds

1.
The Factor
Martin Garcia
Bob Baffert
7-2

Bad luck last time out, but has he returned to his best form?

2.
Shackleford
Jesus Castanon
Dale Romans
7-2

Ran out of gas before, but this could be his perfect distance.

3.
Tapizar
Garrett Gomez
Steven Asmussen
20-1

Looked good in a confidence-building allowance win.

4.
Tres Borrachos
Joel Rosario
Martin F. Jones
30-1

Last [...]

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Some old rivals return to the turf for a little speedwork…

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
ML Odds

1.
Grand Adventure
Javier Castellano
Mark R. Frostad
20-1

It’s been a long time since he’s found the winner’s circle.

2.
Holiday for Kitten
Joel Rosario
Wesley A. Ward
30-1

Has some good experience, but with lesser company.

3.
Broken Dreams
Garrett Gomez
Thomas F. Proctor
20-1

Won last time out, but a taller order here.

4.
Perfect Officer
Kendrick Carmouche
Michael Pino
12-1

May well finish [...]

Breeders' Cup Sprint

On to the grown-up speedsters…Big Drama is looking to defend his title.

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
ML Odds

1.
Euroears
Rafael Bejarano
Bob Baffert
4-1

Had a bad trip last time out, but has otherwise had a convincing campaign this year.

2.
Giant Ryan
Cornelio Velasquez
Bisnath Parbhoo
8-1

He’s won six in a row (including the Vosburgh) and is 8-1. Attractive.

3.
Aikenite
Javier Castellano
Todd A. Pletcher
8-1

Has had a string of bad luck since [...]

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

Look! 2-year-olds on the turf – lots of them! This should be an interesting betting race.

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Horse
Trainer
Jockey
ML Odds

1.
Gung Ho
Michael Maker
Mike Smith
20-1

Has some winning experience, but wasn’t quite up to it when tested last time out. Update: scratched.

2.
Fantastic Song
Chad Brown
Javier Castellano
20-1

Only two races so far, but he showed promise.

3.
Shkspeare Shaliyah
Doodnauth Shivmangal
Alex Solis
15-1

Never out of the money – [...]