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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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Bow Ties Are Cool

In a season lacking a standout 3-year-old, and with stalwart Gio Ponti not having found his best form, Havre de Grace and Blind Luck have been making their own headlines. Both fillies have stellar resumes in their own rights: Blind Luck’s many wins include the Kentucky Oaks, the Alabama, the Vanity and the Del [...]

Obligatory Annual Horse of the Year Post

Annual award or longue durée importance?

I know, I know, I’ve said before that Horse of the Year really doesn’t matter – and from an Annales School perspective, that is very much the case. The fact remains that people beyond the core constituency of horse racing insiders and fans will remember Zenyatta – [...]

Nearly There

The best story to come out of last weekend’s Derby preps is certainly that of General Quarters; the Blue Grass victor’s tale has all the elements of a perfect script: former claimer, slow to mature, and single-horse owner-trainer (although, as the Blood-Horse pointed out, he’s had a little help here and there, which is no [...]

If They Were Me, And I Was You

Old Fashioned lived up to his hype in the Southwest yesterday; his win was nothing short of thoroughly professional. He did not seem fazed by his layoff prior to the race nor the tougher competition – it’s easy to see why he’ll be the Derby favorite in the next future wager pool. Of [...]

That Old Chestnut

The Paulick Report has an article today that suggests it is possible that the Kentucky Derby field size could be limited going forward. As longtime readers of this blog now, this is a subject I like to kick around on a semi-annual basis and think that it has a lot more merit than one [...]

Genuine Risk and her Successors

The biggest racing news of the past 24 hours is the death of Genuine Risk; as a tribute, Washingtonian.com has re-published a great 2002 article detailing her racing success, breeding troubles and eventual happy retirement. Genuine Risk’s Derby is the first one I can clearly remember looking forward to and watching on television (and [...]

The ESPN and NBC Round Tables

ESPN did an admirable job with their round table; making it commercial-free was a nice added bonus. NBC’s was slightly more given to histrionics and that seemed to lead to less in-depth discussion — and poor Larry Jones had to appear on both. They seemed to address most of the ‘right’ issues, although ESPN [...]

Musings

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 [...]

Who Would You Geld Today?

In the wake of the Derby, one comment that seemed to come up often was a belief that ‘too much’ is asked of top-level three-year-olds at this point in their careers and that delayed training or a lighter schedule could help prevent injuries of the sort Eight Belles suffered. While well-intentioned, it goes against [...]

A Sobering Derby

Big Brown’s victory is rather muted in light of the fate of Eight Belles (I feel a bit guilty about cashing our across the board ticket on her); it’s hard to cheer for Rick Dutrow in any case, but especially under these circumstances. At least she got to prove she was head and shoulders [...]