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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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It’s A Family Affair

It’s not a big weekend for the 3-year-olds, but the older horses have plenty going on in California. Champs Elysees is still in the game and he’s taking on his nephew (insofar as we can pretend these terms apply in horse breeding) Zambezi Sun in the San Luis Obispo.

In case you’re wondering how that [...]

…And Statistics

Before we sojourn up to Saratoga, let us first examine the Blood-Horse’s special report, ‘Losing the Iron Horse.’ Finally, someone has actually taken the time to compile and examine statistics regarding stallions and the number of starts per offspring. It seems at first glance that the early 1990s is when things start to [...]

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 [...]

Happy Preakness Day

I love William Nack. Here’s hoping for a safe Preakness day, and not a replay of the Derby (or last year’s Dixie Stakes).

Undercard races I am particularly looking forward to include the Gallorette (I like Valbenny and Lady Digby), the Dixie (I’m watching Shakis and Salinja) and the Allaire du Pont [...]

Genetics, Stud Fees and Luck

The major news outlets seem to be filling space while waiting for tonight’s Preakness draw (and that’s no bad thing, given that it highlights the sport beyond the Triple Crown to some extent). The New York Times profiles Nicanor (pictured), the full brother to Barbaro, who has recently arrived (video here) at Fair Hill [...]

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 [...]

Curlin’s Future Decided?

The rumor is out that a decision has been made regarding Curlin’s future; since it will likely involve ongoing litigation no matter what, here’s hoping he’ll be in training in 2008. There have certainly been enough retirements this week; Citronnade headed off to the farm after her most recent G1 win in the Dahlia [...]

Updates

Apologies for the lack of updates, it’s been a busy few days. Without further ado, a quick rundown:

Rags to Riches: I hope we do see her next year; I doubt we will. One has to wonder whether she is truly delicate (as her half-brother, Jazil, seemed to be) or if she is simply [...]

It's (Mostly) in the Genes

As has been widely noted in the horse racing blogosphere (I am so pleased I got to say that), Ray Paulick has a great editorial on the actions that should be taken in light of the plan produced at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit. The idea of a durability index for [...]

Maktoum Middle Ground

As expected, there has been fierce debate about Beyer’s article excoriating The Dubai Effect on racing. Much of the discussion has been framed in very black and white fashion, with little room for grey (or roan, for that matter) areas.

A more balanced approach may be found in The Times, in an article by Lydia [...]