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Duke Of Marmalade | 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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Goldenhooves

From the (welcome) coverage it is receiving, it might seem that Curlin’s Jockey Club Gold Cup bid is the only race taking place this weekend when in fact it’s ridiculously busy (rather like my entire week this week).

Perhaps the most competitive race this weekend will be the Beldame; while Ginger Punch [...]

A European Breeders’ Cup Preview

It’s a bit of a quiet week; Curlin had a workout to prep for the Jockey Club Gold Cup on the 27th and Colonel John became one of the first Breeders’ Cup contenders to work over Santa Anita’s new surface. Like Big Brown and a number of other potential starters, he will not have [...]

Big Brown=Nice, Zarkava=Scary

Big Brown proved he can handle some fine turf horses over the weekend, and I give the horse a lot of credit for his impressive win. I still give his connections nothing but demerits, of course, for only giving him one more race, but, to paraphrase Princess Leia, if money is what they love, [...]

A Muddy Mile Picture

The soft going was apparently not much to the liking of top turf milers in North America or Europe; both Kip Deville and Henrythenavigator finished fifth in their respective races. The main difference in the narratives is that Henrythenavigator was beaten by one of the most well-regarded milers around, Goldikova, who is now pointing [...]

Busy Ballydoyle

Things are a bit quiet Stateside, but there’s been a flurry of activity for Ballydoyle in the past week. First, it was announced that the British Horseracing Authority was going to investigate a charge of team tactics (as discussed here last week) over the way the Juddmonte International was ridden, with Red Rock Canyon [...]

Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits

With the Travers and the Pacific Classic in the record books (and yes, there will be more on the Pacific Classic later this week), it’s nearly time to turn our attention to the Woodward, which will feature a certain horse named Curlin. But before we look ahead to the weekend, let’s examine the storm [...]

Glorious Goodwood

While Saratoga continues apace here, Glorious Goodwood kicks off today in Britain, with a number of Group 2 and 3 races on the card. Tomorrow promises to be Aiden O’Brien’s big day, with Henrythenavigator (pictured) in the Sussex Stakes, looking for his fourth Group 1 win; O’Brien himself will be aiming for number sixteen for [...]

Saratoga Showers

While she obviously didn’t like the slop at Saratoga the other day (finishing last after tying up in the Schuylerville, which was won by Jardin), Ocean Colors is still very much on my ‘watch’ list. Bill Finley’s article on her prior to the race is well worth checking out; here’s hoping for a more [...]

Horses Americans Should Know V: Montmartre

Given Curlin’s (relatively) disappointing finish in the Man O’ War, many European betting agencies have upped his odds for the Arc; they have also installed a new favorite in the appropriately-named Montmartre. Montmartre won the Grand Prix de Paris yesterday (Bastille Day, as you no doubt noticed) in very impressive style (video).

Despite his win, [...]

Royal Ascot: More Coolmore Success

Today’s racing from Royal Ascot opened with the Jersey Stakes; Aqlaam picked up his third win for the year in his fourth lifetime start in the 7 furlong race for 3-year-olds. Although he is by the sprinter Oasis Dream, his dam is a half-sister to Persian Punch, two-time winner of the Melbourne Cup, so we [...]