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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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Breeders’ Cup Musings & Arc Winning Dates

While we are focused on the Breeders’ Cup, across the pond they are already thinking about next year’s 2000 Guineas and the Derby, thanks to St. Nicholas Abbey’s impressive victory in the Racing Post Trophy over the weekend. The 2-year-old Montjeu colt is 3-for-3 so far – if nothing else, he’s already accomplished considerably [...]

No Alarms and No Surprises

The Breeders’ Cup defections continue apace; Icon Project has been retired with a tendon injury, Macho Again caught a cough, Gitano Hernando and Lahaleeb didn’t want to pay entry feeds, Rail Trip has a foot bruise and Septimus isn’t going to make the trip from Europe. With the retirement of Sea the Stars and [...]

Sea the Stars Makes Room for the Lady?

Although we had the rare luxury last weekend of enjoying racing on normal-ish television for two days in a row, we’re now in that odd pre-Breeders’ Cup holding pattern, where we wait on the who’s-going-where decisions.

One that’s already been made is that Sea the Stars will not be coming to the Breeders’ Cup, but will, [...]

Beware the Weekend Post!

This year’s edition of the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs may not be its most stellar, but it does have an interesting cast of horses who have something to prove (a perfect setup for ‘Jockeys’ – but more on that later). Regal Ransom blew the doors off his more-heralded stablemate Desert Party in the [...]

(Mostly) the Correct Outcomes

Almost all of last weekend’s stories played out exactly as scripted – Sea the Stars continued his march to greatness in Ireland, while we here in the US continued to enjoy Rachel Alexandra’s assault on the history books. Even Pyro made an exciting comeback, while only unlucky Einstein just missed out on getting the [...]

Other Races You Won't See This Weekend

With all the excitement over Rachel Alexandra’s run in the Woodward, it is easy to overlook that there are a few other exciting races that won’t be on national television this weekend either. The Woodward undercard on Saturday at Saratoga also feature the Forego, and Sunday is Pacific Classic day at Del Mar. [...]

Catch Up, Tune In

This year’s Alabama may not have had a filly in Rachel Alexandra’s class, but that didn’t stop Careless Jewel from emulating her in a big-margin victory (and running a 106 in the process). One also might view the race as the year’s second major Canadian incursion, after Mine That Bird’s earlier success up north [...]

Einstein, Zenyatta et al.

If you go by Google News, you may think the only races taking place this weekend are the Arlington Million and the Clement Hirsch – but there’s a lot more going on beyond those two (and I think you’d be hard-pressed to support the notion that anyone beyond the usual suspects would be watching the [...]

A Lot Happened

It’s been a busy few days in the racing world.

Rachel Alexandra’s triumphant Haskell performance was quickly followed Monday by Quality Road returning to the track in record-breaking form – perhaps she does have some 3-year-old competition after all. We’ll focus on those a bit more in a moment, but first, let’s do a quick [...]

Both Sides Now

I get it, I really do – after the debacle with Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup, I can see why Jess Jackson doesn’t want to bring Rachel Alexandra to the Breeders’ Cup this year. But two facts don’t quite fit in with his firm anti-’plastic surfaces’ viewpoint. The first is that Curlin always [...]