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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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It’s On

Well, we are officially on the Triple Crown Trail; the Fountain of Youth must qualify as the most exciting race so far this year. I’m still not entirely convinced by Scat Daddy despite his win (the 1 1/8 looked about as far as he wanted to run), but Stormello showed a lot of heart [...]

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 [...]

Classic Considerations

Gorella won in her trademark style over the weekend (although Karen’s Caper looked very sharp indeed) and now seems much more likely for the Mile after George Washington’s defection to the Classic. The Mile will still be a tough race — Aussie Rules was very impressive in his last win and Aragorn is a [...]

The Internationale

We have an international round-up today…Dylan Thomas is out of all Breeders’ Cup contention (surprise!) and Ouija Board is training right up to the big day, which means she’s raced in England for the last time. Apparently it’s been wetter than she likes, and Dylan Thomas’ performance certainly does suggest he’d like a bit [...]

Turf is the Word

Well, I was right (along with everyone else) about Gorella in the Beverly D. and Showing Up in the Secretariat Stakes (although check out the penultimate paragraph for a wee typo) — but well done to The Tin Man in the Arlington Million! I admit I wrote him off as too old to be [...]

Arlington Million Turf Challenge

Being a slightly less fussy contest than the Road to the Roses, the Arlington Million Turf Challenge allows you to pick eight horses, two trainers and one jockey. While I would prefer two jockeys, at least all your picks are active for the big day and there’s no need to agonize over leaving someone [...]

Kenny Mayne called it

He only had to say it once…Jazil. It was nice to see a young jockey like Fernando Jara win a big race; he seems to have a great future ahead of him. The highlight of the broadcast for me was probably the shot of Barbaro watching television from his stall at New Bolton.

There [...]