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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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Big Weekend at Gulfstream

This weekend’s highlight for me is Einstein’s 2009 debut in the Donn Handicap; trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi warns that Gulfstream’s track is not his favorite dirt surface, but I think it’s great they are giving him a challenge, rather than going for the three-peat in the Gulfstream Park Turf. (Obviously adding that G1 victory to [...]

Who Says They Don’t Have Christmas in Kentucky? *

Given Our Flourishing Economy, it seems that every horse who has ever looked through a bridle is for sale. Need a budget stallion prospect? How about Great Hunter?

Or perhaps you are in the market for a good racemare who’s moved into the breeding game? Well, you’re in luck – there are loads!

Blushing [...]

Dubai World Cup Day Wrap-Up

Curlin was hardly only horse running in Dubai (although it certainly seemed like it by the time he took to the track); now you, lucky reader, can play the exciting new game called ‘Did Superfecta Mention the Winner?’

Godolphin MileRick Dutrow’s Very Good Day began early; Diamond Stripes was certainly a worthy victor, [...]

Returns, Defections and Journeys

While I was very excited to see Rags to Riches (right, in a great photo by Fran) back on the worktab (and in a bullet, no less), I noted that Lava Man had re-appeared as well. I suspect that his best days are behind him, but if he’s really up for another shot at [...]

Big Cap Weekend

The Big Cap is truly big this year — it equals 2002′s 14-horse field as the largest in the past 25 years. In Lava Man’s absence, a number of legitimate contenders have stepped into the fray — Awesome Gem (right), Student Council and Go Between already have plenty of older-horse cred, while Tiago and [...]

Bon Voyage, Victory Gallop

This weekend sees the rescheduled Santa Monica, featuring Hystericalady and Pussycat Doll and the Strub (with Air Commander, Great Hunter, Slew’s Tizzy and Tiago all back in action) but the headline event should be the Donn Handicap. Dahaar is making his first start for Kiaran McLaughlin since November, but I am most excited [...]

Many Returns

You may recall Helen Pitts trainee Einstein’s frightening fall on Preakness Day, but the good news is that he’s finally coming back to the races today in an allowance (on paper, at least — it’s actually a pretty tough race) at Gulfstream. While I don’t like to see money winging its way into the [...]

Comebacks and Cartier Awards

Great Hunter and Spring at Last (not to be confused with the 2-year-old sprinter Spring Awakening – one wonders how she has been affected by the Broadway stagehands’ strike) are both back in training with Doug O’Neill and working toward comebacks.

Buzzards Bay is another familiar name absent from the track for some time – he’s [...]

Derby 2007: On the Record

Finally, I’ve made some actual decisions about the Derby (with full notes on the complete field here):

Total investment: $27How: $21 in advance wagering, $6 in future wagersSelections: A bunch of exacta boxes featuring various combinations of Nobiz Like Shobiz, Any Given Saturday, Street Sense, Circular Quay*, Great Hunter and Hard SpunFuture wager picks: Great Hunter, [...]

Musical Trainers

While it seems the Curlin is emerging as the favorite at this point (and there have been a number of articles documenting his ownership and trainer changes, there’s been little credit given to trainer Helen Pitts for getting him to the track in the first place. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, he [...]