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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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2011 Belmont Stakes: On the Record

While there is no Triple Crown on the line, this is one of the more interesting renewals of my favorite Classic. It’s notable this year for having more than one horse in the field who is actually bred to go the 1 ½ mile distance; in some recent Belmonts, the race seems to have fallen [...]

Post-Preakness 'Potential' Post

Another year, another No Triple Crown. But that is not to say that this year’s Triple Crown season has not been far more interesting than one might have predicted just a few weeks ago – indeed, the possibilities for some of this year’s crop of three-year-olds going forward is actually quite intriguing (which is [...]

Preakness 2011: On the Record

Preakness day is fast approaching, with the usual focus on the Derby winner and his connections, although we have so far been spared the Second Coming of Secretariat talk that occasionally pops up after a particularly emphatic Derby win – no doubt the strength (or lack thereof) of this year’s field contributes to that, though [...]

Terribly Lengthy Kentucky Derby Recap

Our Kentucky Derby party was held on a horse farm, as is right and proper; the group’s main rooting interests were Animal Kingdom and Pants on Fire. Prior to the main races, we repaired to the mare-and-foal barn to have a look at this year’s crop – all fillies. We spent extra time [...]

Kentucky Derby 2011: On the Record

Perhaps more than most years, this season’s Derby preps have demonstrated just how hard it is to get to the big race, regardless of how much time and money you’re willing to throw at it.  The Curse of the Wood Memorial (or Twitter – take your pick) has claimed Uncle Mo, although given the rumor [...]

Kentucky Derby Picture In Need Of Egg Chen?

Rather than making things clearer, the recent major Kentucky Derby preps have, instead, continued to muddy the waters. However, I’ve begun to find this confusion more interesting of late, after a long winter of previously undiverting prep races – at least things are now in a constant state of surprise (although one could argue [...]