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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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(Early) Weekend Preview

Why, you may ask, is my weekend preview arriving so early? Easy: logistics. The Family Superfecta is off to Seattle tomorrow (and before you ask – no, I didn’t notice ACRL’s conference was there the same weekend when I booked the tickets, and yes, I know it means every woman in the city [...]

Weekend Preview I: The Gotham

With so much good racing (and, if you’re here in Philadelphia, beer) on tap this weekend, we’ve had to split the weekend preview into two segments. Today, we’ll look at the east coast – Saturday’s Gotham Stakes should be quite interesting. Axel Foley and I Want Revenge are both coming in from California; so [...]

The Venerable Bede

We’re having a snow day here in Philly, so thinking about racing considerably further afield is a pleasant distraction. Luckily, we have a fine story in this year’s New Zealand Derby, won by Coniston Bluebird. In addition to sharing a name with one of my favorite beers, Coniston Bluebird Bitter, the 3-year-old (by [...]

Happy Inauguration Day!

We’ll get back to the ponies tomorrow, never fear, but today, here is some guidance for your inaugural imbibing pleasure.

Avery Ale to the ChiefA ‘presidential’ pale ale, clocking in around 8.75% and full of Cascade hop goodness. Everything from Avery is wonderful (especially their Collaboration not Litigation), so I have high hopes for this.

Ommegang [...]

All the White Horses

For reasons that escape me, the weekend seemed to be all about white horses – one sold and then unsold, one in the winner’s circle and one with a new name. First White Prince, an all-white yearling colt out of Patchen Beauty, was the sales topper at Keeneland for the fifth sale session this [...]

Sometimes I Miss California Weather

While we shiver on the Right Coast, there’s fine racing action on tap in sunny California (and I’d like to take a brief moment to recommend that state’s Mount Shasta Brewing Company Mountain High IPA). The older horses are meeting up in the San Fernando and The Blood-Horse seems to like El Gato Malo, [...]

Stories of the Year, 2008 Edition

Performance of the Year: Zarkava
Simply the best. Imagine what she could have accomplished at 4 – oh well.

The Reigning Champ: Curlin
An easy Dubai World Cup win, a turf experiment, a broken earnings record – it was great to see him running at four.

Most Underrated Horse Out There: Einstein
Einstein has been forced to carry a [...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

Inspired by the news that a palomino filly would be offered for sale at Keeneland (and she is a nice color, although her family would not inspire awe from a racing perspective), I began looking into the origins of the color in thoroughbreds. But just as I was about to start digging more deeply [...]

The Other Races

Things are rather busy at Casa Superfecta, what with celebrating the national election results (while, as a former Californian, being horrified by the Prop 8 madness) and preparing to head to a conference in DC. As a result, rather than working up some sort of elaborate and entirely nonsensical theory about how Eclipse Award [...]

Beware the Kelpie

With two separate parades pending today, my time is somewhat limited. As a result, I will first direct you to last year’s Halloween post, but will also include a few other notes on horses in folklore you may want to be on the lookout for tonight.

If you are near water, beware of the Kelpie – [...]