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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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In Praise of Brass Hat

We here at Superfecta HQ have long been fans of Brass Hat – and that’s not something you can say about many racehorses these days.  His first mention on this site came in June 2006, in the wake of his still-irksome DQ from his gutsy second place finish in the Dubai World Cup.  (In what [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Janus-Like Weekend

The long holiday weekend we’ve just exited was a case study in the highs and lows of the sport. It’s impossible not to be excited by victories like Zenyatta’s in the Milady or old warhorse Brass Hat’s in the Louisville; however, the sobering accident at Arlington involving Rene Douglas was the flip side of [...]

Then One Of Us Shall Be A Queen

While the will-she-or-won’t-she discussion continues over Rachel Alexandra’s possible participation in the Belmont (briefly mentioned in my latest blog posting at BelmontStakes.com), the other queen of the track is preparing to (finally) make her seasonal debut.

Zenyatta is defending her title and unbeaten record in the Milady at Hollywood Park. She won’t have much competition, [...]

This Year’s Modest Proposal

In a discussion inspired by Joe Drape’s very interesting article about drugs in racing (legal and otherwise), Mr. Superfecta came up with a novel idea – why not create an event to showcase horses who can prove they are running drug-free? While we initially kicked around the notion of a nice mid-size track (for [...]

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 [...]

If They Were Me, And I Was You

Old Fashioned lived up to his hype in the Southwest yesterday; his win was nothing short of thoroughly professional. He did not seem fazed by his layoff prior to the race nor the tougher competition – it’s easy to see why he’ll be the Derby favorite in the next future wager pool. Of [...]

Plenty On Tap

It’s true, the Derby preps seem to have begun in earnest, but this weekend belongs just as much to the veterans. Perennial Casa Superfecta favorite Brass Hat is coming back in the Dust Commander at Turfway. Now 8, no one’s quite sure what sort of form he’ll be in after an extended vacation, [...]

Nomenclature

With the arrival of the new year comes the knowledge that it’s never too early to start thinking about the Derby trail (although the last time I backed a horse in January – a certain Smarty Jones – indeed, the victory did come to pass). I can’t say I’m bowled over by anyone yet, [...]