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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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How They Rank

The World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings were recently released; Curlin is the highest-rated US-based horse, coming in tied for second with Authorized, Dylan Thomas and Invasor (despite his retirement early in the season). Street Sense, English Channel, Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron also make the top ten. Rags to Riches comes in at [...]

Walkovers for Curlin?

Gary West has a will-he-or-won’t-he article on Jess Jackson and his possible future goals for Curlin now that Padua has offloaded their share in him (although clearly the whole ownership piece is going to keep the courtrooms of Kentucky in business for a long time to come). If Curlin does remain in training next [...]

Proud Member of the Brass Hat Brigade

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Brass Hat? The Boston Herald has a great article on his win in the revived MassCap this past weekend; it seems only fitting that a horse on his second career resurgence win the reborn race. Frankly, I was surprised to see the odds so long [...]

Promises Something For Everyone

The big 3-year-old races this weekend (the Super Derby and the Brooklyn, in case you have not been paying attention) almost seem like episodes of The Love Boat or Fantasy Island — some mid-level, otherwise not newsworthy regular cast members, and a very special guest star for each one. Playing the roles that might [...]

Too Darn Hot

While Superfecta loathes driving in the Bay Area, it must be said that at least the cool weather there was pleasant; it’s too hot back here to race at Delaware Park today. As it’s already been mentioned by everyone else, I’ll just point out that I was right about Any Given Saturday in the [...]

Haskell Hiatus

Superfecta is off to California tomorrow, so this week’s postings will be rather thin on the ground as a result. Nevertheless, let’s touch on a few key races. Here in the States, this weekend’s Haskell is the big news — Curlin is back and he takes on Hard Spun (with Mario Pino back aboard), [...]

Reversal of Fortune

Joey Chestnut brought the Mustard Belt back to the US for the first time in six years, just beating valiant champion Takeru Kobayashi, who suffered what we term in the trade a ‘reversal of fortune’ in the final moments of the event. The new record, 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes, can only inspire [...]

Holiday Roundup

The Fourth of July means fireworks and the Dwyer Stakes; this year’s installment certainly looks like a lot of fun on paper. While Nobiz Like Shobiz and Any Given Saturday are the headliners (and rightly so), it’s a very interesting field all around. Phipps homebred Sightseeing is also back in action and the [...]

Derby 2007: On the Record

Finally, I’ve made some actual decisions about the Derby (with full notes on the complete field here):

Total investment: $27How: $21 in advance wagering, $6 in future wagersSelections: A bunch of exacta boxes featuring various combinations of Nobiz Like Shobiz, Any Given Saturday, Street Sense, Circular Quay*, Great Hunter and Hard SpunFuture wager picks: Great Hunter, [...]

He’s Got Rhythm

Nobiz Like Shobiz looked all business in his Wood Memorial victory; the blinkers did indeed seem to be a big help to him and he finished the race well. Any Given Saturday looked a bit tired, but very game in his third-place finish and Phipps homebred Sightseeing looked very impressive in second (although trainer [...]