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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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Silence is Golden?

Rick Dutrow isn’t the only trainer whose mouth gets him into trouble; across the pond, Jim Bolger is facing similar heat from the press, but for rather a different reason — his horse won. Confused? Here’s what happened:

Some months ago, Bolger had declared that New Approach (last year’s 2-year-old champion and part of [...]

Career Paths

While it’s Derby Works a Go-Go at the moment for the 3-year-olds, there’s plenty of actual racing action going on beyond that sphere. In the ‘comeback’ column, first noted at Brooklyn Backstretch, 2005 Preakness runner-up/tripper Scrappy T recently raced at Penn National, getting up for only fourth place in allowance company at Penn [...]

Weekend at Calder

This weekend’s La Prevoyante sees Dalvina back in action for her second US start; she’ll be facing some competition from PA-bred Redaspen (only off the board four times in 23 lifetime starts) and the Chilean-bred Eres Magica, who seemed to snap back into her previous good South American-form in her most recent race (setting a [...]

Very Efficient Indeed

New Zealand -bred Efficient took home the Melbourne Cup in an upset win; favorites Purple Moon and Mahler rounded out the top three. Efficient is the third Melbourne Cup winner sired by Zabeel. Efficient was a favorite to win last year, but had had such a streak of bad luck [...]

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Even if he never wins a race, at least The Green Monkey has, in a sense, accomplished something — word is that the long-running feud between Coolmore/Ballydoyle and Darley/Godolphin has ended. It seems that the Godolphin folks noticed that refusing to buy horses sired by Coolmore stallions was not a great move from a [...]

EI at Emirates Park

Equine influenza continues to march across New South Wales and Queensland, although Victoria still remains flu-free at this point and no horses are allowed into the state from infected areas.

Among the stud farms now affected is Emirates Park (part of the Darley empire) — three yearlings, some mares as well as a teaser [...]

Travers Weekend Roundup

Hard Spun and Street Sense both stepped up to the plate this weekend and proved they could win in a situation where they were truly challenged. I was also pleased that I’d picked Shakis to win the Bernard Baruch and was a little surprised to see he returned as much as he did.

Despite somewhat [...]

More Racing Cancelled in Australia

Effects of the equine influenza outbreak in Australia are spreading further as more drastic measures are required to contain the disease:
The cost of the shutdown is already in the tens of millions of dollars with the cancellation of race meetings in all states, with the Northern Territory the only place to hold racing today.

The spring [...]

Another Reason Not to Shuttle

It’s getting a little coverage in the trade publications in the US, but the outbreak of equine influenza in Australia is already having a major effect on the sport Down Under. Perhaps uniquely, it is affecting both racing and breeding:
Racing officials announced early today that horses from the Centennial Park stables had returned positive [...]