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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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Opera Australia

Before we return to Saratoga and continue to New Jersey to see Rachel Alexandra in the Haskell, let’s take a brief journey Down Under – Sid Fernando reminded us that things are coming along nicely for pure white filly The Opera House. She has now won two barrier trials in a row (in Australia, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

It's (Mostly) in the Genes

As has been widely noted in the horse racing blogosphere (I am so pleased I got to say that), Ray Paulick has a great editorial on the actions that should be taken in light of the plan produced at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit. The idea of a durability index for [...]