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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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Breeders’ Cup 2009: Sprint

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Zensational, Bob Baffert, V. Espinoza, 7/5Likely the fastest horse in training (pictured); will the post position hurt?

2 Cost of Freedom, John Sadler, T. Baze, 20-1Won the Ancient Title here…last year.

3 Fatal Bullet, Reade Baker, E. Da Silva, 9/2Speedy 4-year-old loves synthetics; second in this race last year.

4 Crown of [...]

No Alarms and No Surprises

The Breeders’ Cup defections continue apace; Icon Project has been retired with a tendon injury, Macho Again caught a cough, Gitano Hernando and Lahaleeb didn’t want to pay entry feeds, Rail Trip has a foot bruise and Septimus isn’t going to make the trip from Europe. With the retirement of Sea the Stars and [...]

Summer Bird, Vindicated

We here at Superfecta HQ are always pleased when we pick a winner thatsome have doubted; with that in mind, it was especially nice to see Summer Bird win the Travers (and earn a 110 Beyer in the process). He will most likely head to the Jockey Club Gold Cup or the Goodwood next, [...]

Travers Day

Travers weekend is upon us, and for once, we’ll get some decent mainstream television coverage on ESPN – although the Ballston Spa won’t be shown live, the other major stakes races on Saratoga’s Saturday card will be. There’s quite a bit to cover, so let’s get to it.

Ballston SpaThis is a really interesting one [...]

A Lot Happened

It’s been a busy few days in the racing world.

Rachel Alexandra’s triumphant Haskell performance was quickly followed Monday by Quality Road returning to the track in record-breaking form – perhaps she does have some 3-year-old competition after all. We’ll focus on those a bit more in a moment, but first, let’s do a quick [...]

Forgive – Or Forget?

Jimmy Jerkins may have forgotten to nominate Quality Road to the Triple Crown, but the horse gave him a little reminder in his Fountain of Youth victory. However, without taking anything away from Quality Road, I’m not as convinced as I might be about what this race really means; Theregoesjojo’s second-place finish was a reverse [...]

Picking The Pamplemousse

This weekend’s 3-year-old action comes to us from California and Florida; The Pamplemousse takes on eleven in the Sham Stakes, while the now-shortened Fountain of Youth showcases quite a few Derby hopefuls. I admit I’m most excited about seeing The Pamplemousse (pictured) in action again – there’s always something interesting about him on Mary [...]

Nothing Definitive

Last weekend’s racing may have produced more questions that answers; Albertus Maximus (pictured) was a worthy winner of the Donn (although Einstein overcame a terrible post position and a rough trip to hang on for third on his less-than-favorite surface, so at least he picked up a check) and is off to Dubai for the [...]