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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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Jigsaw Falling Into Place

As we move inexorably closer to Breeders’ Cup time (pre-entries are to be announced in a little more than a week), things are fairly quiet – last weekend’s (stateside) races were most notable for a major exit, rather than as Breeders’ Cup preps.

But it was a satisfying exit; Champs Elysees capped his career in style, [...]

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 [...]

Weekend Results & Breeders’ Cup Plans

Ventura added her success in the Woodbine Mile to the ongoing Season of Female Domination; second in this race last year, she blew past the field to win easily this time around. Although it’s a Win and You’re In Race for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, she’ll be heading to the Filly & Mare Sprint [...]

Catch Up, Tune In

This year’s Alabama may not have had a filly in Rachel Alexandra’s class, but that didn’t stop Careless Jewel from emulating her in a big-margin victory (and running a 106 in the process). One also might view the race as the year’s second major Canadian incursion, after Mine That Bird’s earlier success up north [...]

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
Richard Dutrow [...]

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 [...]

Weekend Preview II: West Coast Edition

Welcome back for the second half of our weekend preview – the West Coast edition. It’s going to be all go at Santa Anita with the Santa Anita Oaks, the Kilroe Mile, and, of course, the Big Cap. This year’s Oaks is a big test for Stardom Bound; a victory here should [...]

I’d Be Safe And Warm

Spring House took the San Luis Obispo for the second time over the weekend (I keep saying he’s under-rated) and while it’s fair to point out that heavy hitters Artiste Royal and Champs Elysees both scratched, his solid victory was nothing to sniff at. British invader Zambezi Sun didn’t seem to love Santa Anita, [...]

It’s A Family Affair

It’s not a big weekend for the 3-year-olds, but the older horses have plenty going on in California. Champs Elysees is still in the game and he’s taking on his nephew (insofar as we can pretend these terms apply in horse breeding) Zambezi Sun in the San Luis Obispo.

In case you’re wondering how that [...]

In Which We Consult With An Expert

The Thoroughbred Times ran a feature article which focused on the welcome news that eight of last year’s champions will remain in training and explores some of the economic realities which have led to this unusual turn of events. However, some parts, alas, just don’t ring true – like this quote from Michael Iavarone:
“We [...]