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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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Derby Favorites

The first Derby horse I have a clear picture of rooting for was Genuine Risk; when she won, I figured this whole picking winners thing was pretty easy. The next horse I recall backing was Slew O’Gold, who finished 4th in 1983. I was back in form with Swale in 1984 (and was [...]

The Blue Grass, and a Cure for Derby Fever?

You can (apparently) tear up any future wagers you may have had on Denis of Cork; I can’t decide whether this letter from his owner, William K. Warren, is a little too melodramatic (I didn’t really need the financial details on hotel rooms, for example) or a nice opportunity to see someone take some responsibility [...]

Expectations

The Derby trail heats up this weekend with the Louisiana Derby; Pyro is back (and even has his own Wikipedia entry) and faces Majestic Warrior and Tale of Ekati, both of whom I have very much been looking forward to seeing. Blackberry Road seems to be a cut below the top class, but you [...]

The Truth About Shergar

While North American-based racing fans were mourning Barbaro yesterday, across the pond it was recalled that it has been 25 years since Shergar’s disappearance. For those not familiar with his story, here’s the short version:

Shergar was a champion at 2 and won the Epsom Derby by the largest winning margin in [...]

Reflections on Barbaro

One year ago today, I was working feverishly to keep the Penn Vet servers up and running against the sudden onslaught of traffic when the news of Barbaro’s death had been announced. Unsurprisingly, given the difficulties of communication in a school with two campuses, the news went out over the wires before most of [...]

Hard Spun & Tiago Make The Economist

Although Hard Spun is off at stud and Tiago had a somewhat lackluster 2008 debut, they are both photogenic enough (or unidentifiable enough to the general public) to illustrate an article (left) in The Economist on whole NYC OTB/NYRA morass. (In case you missed page 35 of the print version, it’s also available online [...]

Let The Sunshine In

Sunshine Millions weekend is upon us, but there are still questions as to whether the Santa Anita surface will be functional by race day or if the California half of events might have to be cancelled (or moved somehow); Steve Specht, trainer of McCann’s Mojave, suggested an alternative:

“I pushed to have it at Golden [...]

Happy New Year

2008 is here at last, and while it remains a slow news week, let’s finally get to our 2007 recap. First, we’ll revisit the biggest news stories in racing in something approaching chronological order:

Barbaro’s death: for those of us working at Penn Vet at the time, it was probably less of a shock than [...]

Weekend Metapost

It was quite a weekend of racing; things are shaping up nicely for the Breeders’ Cup. First, the West Coast:

Tiago performed well in his first outing against older horses in the Goodwood Handicap (Lava Man was scratched in favor of a race next weekend), although he was certainly tested by Awesome Gem — nevertheless, [...]

Barbaro the Musical

Yes, it’s finally a reality — a Broadway musical based on Barbaro’s story, starring Brad Pitt:
Mr. Pitt, who will play Dean Richardson, the surgeon who fought valiantly to save Barbaro’s life, said the action in Barbaro the Musical begins two weeks following the horse’s death, “when reports of the first Barbaro sightings began to appear [...]