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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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A Filly for The Diva

Makybe Diva’s second foal has arrived — it’s a filly this time. The Fusaichi Pegasus filly was born at Segenhoe Stud in Australia’s Hunter Valley and it seems that mother and baby are both doing very well. Plans to head to Coolmore for a visit with her first-choice stallion from last year, Encosta [...]

King Henry

Check off another box for Henrythenavigator: running against older horses? No problem. Granted, there were only two four-year-olds in the Sussex Stakes field and they were well-beaten, but it’s another milestone for the colt. Raven’s Pass, an American-bred Elusive Quality colt (who has now finished behind Henrythenavigator three times), did press him at the [...]

Derby Favorites

The first Derby horse I have a clear picture of rooting for was Genuine Risk; when she won, I figured this whole picking winners thing was pretty easy. The next horse I recall backing was Slew O’Gold, who finished 4th in 1983. I was back in form with Swale in 1984 (and was [...]

Derby Data

Until tomorrow afternoon’s post position draw, the only Derby trail action is analyzing (and overanalyzing) the contenders’ works and every possible bit of data available, no matter how tangential.

To that end, I always look forward to playing with the C-J Derby Data Track (and was pleased to discover its origins [...]

Gossip And Another Top Ten

With most of the major preps out of the way, there’s just time for the Coolmore Lexington and gossip. Tomcito is the horse I’m watching (and I hope he finds Polytrack as much to his liking as the deep Peruvian tracks); I liked his third-place finish in the Florida Derby (especially after a long [...]

The World's Best Three Year Old Is...

The world’s best three year old is…not Big Brown (gasp!) The latest World Thoroughbred Rankings have placed Australia’s Weekend Hussler at the top of his age group; his 122 point ranking (tying for 8th in the world overall) equals that of Hard Spun and world-beaters like Ramonta and Viva Pataca.

Naturally, you are now [...]

Hard Spun & Tiago Make The Economist

Although Hard Spun is off at stud and Tiago had a somewhat lackluster 2008 debut, they are both photogenic enough (or unidentifiable enough to the general public) to illustrate an article (left) in The Economist on whole NYC OTB/NYRA morass. (In case you missed page 35 of the print version, it’s also available online [...]

Happy New Year

2008 is here at last, and while it remains a slow news week, let’s finally get to our 2007 recap. First, we’ll revisit the biggest news stories in racing in something approaching chronological order:

Barbaro’s death: for those of us working at Penn Vet at the time, it was probably less of a shock than [...]

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, [...]