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Eight Belles | 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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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 [...]

Kentucky Derby 2008: On the Record

With the Derby post positions announced (and the Kentucky Derby odds beginning to move), it’s time to go on the record. I’ve been poring over the DRF’s PPs for the Derby; I like the Moss Pace Figures version. Here are my conclusions about the field:

1) Cool Coal Man – Nice pedigree and he could [...]

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 [...]

Derby Data

Until tomorrow afternoon’s post position draw, the only Derby trail action is analyzing (and overanalyzing) the contenders’ works and every possible bit of data available, no matter how tangential.

To that end, I always look forward to playing with the C-J Derby Data Track (and was pleased to discover its origins [...]

The Superfecta Derby Top Ten

Here is this week’s Superfecta Derby Top Ten; I’ve limited myself to horses in the top 20 on graded earnings or at least very close on the bubble (and presuming — hopefully rightly — that the talented Salute the Sarge is headed straight to the Preakness):

Big Brown – I don’t like the hype or the [...]

Gossip And Another Top Ten

With most of the major preps out of the way, there’s just time for the Coolmore Lexington and gossip. Tomcito is the horse I’m watching (and I hope he finds Polytrack as much to his liking as the deep Peruvian tracks); I liked his third-place finish in the Florida Derby (especially after a long [...]

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 [...]