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Hard Spun | Superfectablog v3.0 - Part 2

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

It’s quite a weekend; Hard Spun and Street Sense face off in Kentucky, while Curlin takes on Lawyer Ron in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Turfway Park did well to ensure that the heavy hitters turned up for the Kentucky Cup Classic — there’s a $150,000 bonus on the line for horses who have [...]

Promises Something For Everyone

The big 3-year-old races this weekend (the Super Derby and the Brooklyn, in case you have not been paying attention) almost seem like episodes of The Love Boat or Fantasy Island — some mid-level, otherwise not newsworthy regular cast members, and a very special guest star for each one. Playing the roles that might [...]

Travers Weekend Roundup

Hard Spun and Street Sense both stepped up to the plate this weekend and proved they could win in a situation where they were truly challenged. I was also pleased that I’d picked Shakis to win the Bernard Baruch and was a little surprised to see he returned as much as he did.

Despite somewhat [...]

Snakes – Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?

There has been some progress on the cobra venom front — Patrick Biancone’s veterinarian, a Dr. Rod Stewart, has been suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. Well, that’s what happens when you prescribe cobra venom, right? It’s not quite so simple — his suspension is for refusing to turn over his [...]

Too Darn Hot

While Superfecta loathes driving in the Bay Area, it must be said that at least the cool weather there was pleasant; it’s too hot back here to race at Delaware Park today. As it’s already been mentioned by everyone else, I’ll just point out that I was right about Any Given Saturday in the [...]

Haskell Hiatus

Superfecta is off to California tomorrow, so this week’s postings will be rather thin on the ground as a result. Nevertheless, let’s touch on a few key races. Here in the States, this weekend’s Haskell is the big news — Curlin is back and he takes on Hard Spun (with Mario Pino back aboard), [...]

Belmont Field Notes

It’s the Friday before the Belmont, so without further ado, the official, rather opinionated, Superfecta Belmont Field Notes:

1) Imawildandcrazyguy – Obviously he has a lot more going for him than I predicted prior to the Derby, but I don’t see the distance as doing him any favors.

2) Tiago – He seems more naturally talented than [...]

Everybody’s Doing It

While the news about Street Sense going to Darley upon retirement was the talk of the weekend, I was a little surprised to see that he and Hard Spun were going to be stablemates there. Granted, the rumors that Hard Spun’s breeding rights had already been sold have been circulating for a while now, [...]

Room for Rags to Riches?

As you’ve no doubt seen already, Street Sense is out of Belmont consideration, leaving Curlin and Hard Spun as the headliners. While I’m disappointed that we won’t be seeing (a perfectly healthy and sound) Street Sense, this opens the door for Rags to Riches — it’s decision time for Pletcher and company.

Now that Sedgefield [...]

The Curlin Conglomerate

In case you were looking for the back story on how Curlin’s ownership group came into being, the short version is up now on The Blood-Horse. The Courier-Journal has a bit more detail (and they seem to enjoy dropping in the factoid about how partial owners Bill Gallion and Shirley Cunningham, who also own [...]