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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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Turn Around, Bright Eyes (2008)

The Eclipse Awards presented (in the words of Radiohead) no surprises; Curlin was duly crowned Horse of the Year and Three-Year-Old Colt – ESPN notes that only last year, he had yet to make his first start. Chief owner Jess Jackson continued to send out positive signals about Curlin’s continued career on [...]

How They Rank

The World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings were recently released; Curlin is the highest-rated US-based horse, coming in tied for second with Authorized, Dylan Thomas and Invasor (despite his retirement early in the season). Street Sense, English Channel, Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron also make the top ten. Rags to Riches comes in at [...]

Walkovers for Curlin?

Gary West has a will-he-or-won’t-he article on Jess Jackson and his possible future goals for Curlin now that Padua has offloaded their share in him (although clearly the whole ownership piece is going to keep the courtrooms of Kentucky in business for a long time to come). If Curlin does remain in training next [...]

Weekend Metapost

It was quite a weekend of racing; things are shaping up nicely for the Breeders’ Cup. First, the West Coast:

Tiago performed well in his first outing against older horses in the Goodwood Handicap (Lava Man was scratched in favor of a race next weekend), although he was certainly tested by Awesome Gem — nevertheless, [...]

We’re Off To See The Tin Man

While it’s a shame we won’t be seeing Better Talk Now this weekend in the Sword Dancer (which, really, should make it a walkover for English Channel if he’s in good form), we do have an exciting Arlington Million to look forward to. It’s hard not to root for The Tin Man (and I’m [...]

Belmont Undercard

Saturday should be a great day of racing – not only will we be treated to Rags to Riches taking on Curlin, but we have a fantastic undercard to enjoy. Here are my thoughts on the (other) big races on the day — and don’t forget to tune in to CBS News tonight to [...]

Changing Plans

While I cannot agree that this year’s Wood Memorial is ‘the last major Kentucky Derby prep race — and the biggest‘ (that honor goes to the Blue Grass) it will still be fun to watch. Although I’ll be out of town and will miss watching the race live, I fully expect my TiVo [...]

Breeders’ Cup Wrap-Up

Well, another Breeders’ Cup is over, but at least I’m only down $40. Here are my thoughts on each race:

Juvenile FilliesDreaming of Anna lived up to her pre-race hype; I’d be most interested to see her mature into a turf miler, though, rather than heading toward the Oaks next year.

JuvenileWell, it was [...]

Breeders’ Cup Picks

The European perspective seems a bit glum in some quarters; in others, they are simply surprised that George Washington is not being seen as a conquering hero by the Americans.

Here in the States, there is comparatively little Bernardini-centered coverage compared with a number of European articles focusing on star horses; one of the few is [...]

Dylan Thomas May Need A Drink

Bernardini — what else is there to say about the Jockey Club Gold Cup? He never seemed to break a sweat. I did feel badly for Dylan Thomas; he’s a fantastic horse, but he clearly hated the surface (and it is interesting to see dirt described as an ‘artificial surface’ as the Independent [...]