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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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Retirements and Departures

While Lava Man is working toward a comeback, the equally hard-knocking Better Talk Now is finally heading for retirement. Better Talk Now was aiming for another G1 win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic coming up this weekend, but he injured a suspensory ligament while training; he’ll be looking at a comfortable retirement instead of [...]

Belmont Stakes Wrap-up

Apologies for the abrupt end of the live-blog on Saturday, but the wireless was getting increasingly temperamental – and we had some tickets that needed cashing.

All in all, this year’s Belmont was a great day out – perfect weather, a great undercard and an exciting Belmont Stakes. The fact that we left the track [...]

Belmont Day Live Blog

We are finally here and just caught the True North – for some reason, the dirt track is only listed as ‘good’ – yet Fabulous Strike and Benny the Bull just burned up the track and Teresa (just a few seats away) tells me it’s been like that all day so far. As expected, [...]

The Belmont Undercard

I have a new blog post up over at BelmontStakes.com regarding what a fabulous day of racing we have in store this Saturday; here, back at the ranch, I’m providing a slightly more detailed version of how I’ll be throwing away investing my money at Big Sandy.

First up, the True North Handicap:

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Benny The Bull
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Back to Belmont Business

Belmont week is upon us – while we know we won’t see a Rachel Alexandra-Mine That Bird showdown on Saturday (although I hope that happens in the Travers), we will have a fantastic day of racing ahead of us. Belmont day is one of my favorite days of racing all year, largely because of the [...]

Recession Special

While the Derby Trial has become something of a Preakness prep, there is still some interesting older horse action this weekend to while away the time until May. The Elkhorn Stakes features Champs Elysees (pictured – and who is still in training as a result of the global downturn – so it’s not all [...]

Breeders’ Cup Super-Generic Overview

It’s the Tuesday before the Breeders’ Cup, and that means that any dithering over cross entries will be resolved at today’s post position draw. With fourteen races spread over two days, it’s not a terribly long time to study the fields. With that in mind, here is your most basic of basic overviews of [...]

Breeders Cup Pre-Entries: Some Oddities

Breeders’ Cup pre-entries (full list here – PDF warning) are in, and it’s a record crop of Europeans – 35 this year. I’m interested to see King of Rome down for the Dirt Marathon (along with Casino Drive, although the Classic is still his first choice) rather than the Turf; given what looks like [...]

Beyond Big Brown (and the Olympics)

As Val so correctly notes, the Curlin-Big Brown war of words may continue on, but it should not overshadow the other remarkable horses in training right now; it’s really a stellar group of fillies and mares currently on show.

The Alabama gives them a chance to show off [...]

No Shame in Second

For his first effort on turf (and against two Breeders’ Cup winners), Curlin’s second-place finish to Red Rocks was encouraging indeed. His outside post and slightly slow start kept him well in the middle of the track; in my opinion it was a very useful learning experience (and it’s never a bad thing to [...]