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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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The good news is that the NTRA is taking what happened to Eight Belles in the Derby very seriously; president and CEO Alex Waldrop has a blog entry musing about how we can make racing safer (and he invites comments and suggestions). I’ve weighed in with quite a few already, and Green but [...]

More on Chelokee

The Blood-Horse has a longer news release now, still giving Chelokee’s odds as close to 50/50, but with a few more details about the ankle fusion he’ll be undergoing in the next few days. They also note that the procedure will be similar to that got Teuflesberg safely into the breeding shed.

Did I mention [...]

Derby Day Dawns…

…and I’m back in business (after a sojourn to DC that involved some work at Archives II, Pizzeria Paradsio, catching the Oaks on TV at a bar, Crowded House and some early trains). I’m catching up on everything happened yesterday and was obviously disturbed to hear about Chelokee’s breakdown; it sounds like the outlook [...]

Derby Favorites

The first Derby horse I have a clear picture of rooting for was Genuine Risk; when she won, I figured this whole picking winners thing was pretty easy. The next horse I recall backing was Slew O’Gold, who finished 4th in 1983. I was back in form with Swale in 1984 (and was [...]

If the Derby Were This Weekend...

After a digesting a great weekend of racing with the Dubai World Cup and a fascinating Florida Derby, I have prepared for your reading pleasure the official ‘If The Derby Were Saturday’ list of who I’d like to see in the starting gate, along with their next (actual) start. You’ll notice there are not [...]

Royal Ascot

Superfecta has been away tending to mending cats and wheezy toddlers, so there’s no real weekend roundup this week except to comment on the real toughness Chelokee displayed in the Northern Dancer — he looked like he was about to settle for second after Zanjero passed him, then he fought back to win. Nicely [...]

Stephen Foster Weekend

While it may seem to the rest of the world that racing disappears in between the Belmont and the Breeders’ Cup (they do know about the Breeders’ Cup, right?), there’s plenty going on this weekend. The Stephen Foster features Master Command (pictured) and Magna Graduate from Pletcher’s barn. The race might include a [...]

Better than a Triple Crown

Curlin and Street Sense both put in phenomenal performances in the Preakness; it just so happened that Curlin’s was more so on the day. While the rest of the American public may yawn now that there is no Triple Crown on the line, for the racing fan there’s a more exciting prospect — a [...]

Preakness Undercard

While Andrew Beyer is picking against Street Sense in the Preakness, I’m not bowled over by his reasoning in this case. I can see not wanting to go with chalk, but he’s working on the ‘perfect Derby trip’ scenario. I’m of the opinion there are horses who don’t quite deserve to be there [...]

Preakness Week

Preakness week is here, but it certainly seems more subdued than last year for obvious reasons. Today’s Baltimore Sun recaps the chain of events that immediately followed Barbaro’s injury and the Chicago Sun-Times features an article noting that ‘Barbaro’s ghosts haunts Preakness.’ While Barbaro will clearly be on everyone’s mind come Saturday, the [...]