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Champs Elysees | Superfectablog v3.0 - Part 2

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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Breeders’ Cup: What’s Next?

With the 2008 Breeders’ Cup in the books, the focus shifts almost immediately to next year. Who will be retired? Who is coming back? What are they aiming for? We know the answers for a number of the winners (and contenders) already, but the list is far from complete. In [...]

Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races should be an interesting mix of star power and unknown quantities. Anything could happen in the Marathon, the two-year-old races might produce any number of unusual results and the surface will be new to defending champion Curlin and foreign entrants alike, so the Classic is no foregone conclusion. In [...]

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 [...]

Classic Considerations

We are at that peculiar point a few weeks out from the Breeders’ Cup where things get a bit odd, particularly with regard to the field for the Classic. Duke of Marmalade and Soldier of Fortune, both fresh from being crushed by Zarkava in the Arc, are still under consideration for the Ballydoyle folk, [...]

Expectations

Champs Elysees finally got that elusive G1 win in the Northern Dancer last weekend, so he’s no longer a disappointment to his illustrious family — that’s six G1 winners so far for his dam, Hasili. Here’s hoping 3-year-old Raise the Flag and her Storm Cat and Empire Maker fillies follow in their siblings’ footsteps.

But [...]

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 [...]

Genetics, Stud Fees and Luck

The major news outlets seem to be filling space while waiting for tonight’s Preakness draw (and that’s no bad thing, given that it highlights the sport beyond the Triple Crown to some extent). The New York Times profiles Nicanor (pictured), the full brother to Barbaro, who has recently arrived (video here) at Fair Hill [...]

Big Cap Weekend

The Big Cap is truly big this year — it equals 2002′s 14-horse field as the largest in the past 25 years. In Lava Man’s absence, a number of legitimate contenders have stepped into the fray — Awesome Gem (right), Student Council and Go Between already have plenty of older-horse cred, while Tiago and [...]

Let The Sunshine In

Sunshine Millions weekend is upon us, but there are still questions as to whether the Santa Anita surface will be functional by race day or if the California half of events might have to be cancelled (or moved somehow); Steve Specht, trainer of McCann’s Mojave, suggested an alternative:

“I pushed to have it at Golden [...]