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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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Expectations

Champs Elysees finally got that elusive G1 win in the Northern Dancer last weekend, so he’s no longer a disappointment to his illustrious family — that’s six G1 winners so far for his dam, Hasili. Here’s hoping 3-year-old Raise the Flag and her Storm Cat and Empire Maker fillies follow in their siblings’ footsteps.

But [...]

Beyond Big Brown (and the Olympics)

As Val so correctly notes, the Curlin-Big Brown war of words may continue on, but it should not overshadow the other remarkable horses in training right now; it’s really a stellar group of fillies and mares currently on show.

The Alabama gives them a chance to show off [...]

Here’s to the Ladies Who Munch (Grass)*

Although not directly related to the Arlington Million, a highlight of the broadcast from my perspective was last week’s Claiborne Farm Foal Patrol segment. Featured was über-broodmare Hasili (pictured here in a print by Susan Crawford), who was relocated from England to the US last year, with her most recent Empire Maker foal (she [...]

Royal Ascot Week

Royal Ascot‘s opening day is Tuesday, starting things off with the Queen Anne Stakes — for those new to Royal Ascot, the race is for 4-year-olds and up over a mile. Haradasun (pictured), the Australian son of Fusaichi Pegasus (and half-brother to champion Elvstroem), will shortly be retiring to stud, so this race will [...]

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 [...]

Expectations

The Derby trail heats up this weekend with the Louisiana Derby; Pyro is back (and even has his own Wikipedia entry) and faces Majestic Warrior and Tale of Ekati, both of whom I have very much been looking forward to seeing. Blackberry Road seems to be a cut below the top class, but you [...]

Let The Sunshine In

Sunshine Millions weekend is upon us, but there are still questions as to whether the Santa Anita surface will be functional by race day or if the California half of events might have to be cancelled (or moved somehow); Steve Specht, trainer of McCann’s Mojave, suggested an alternative:

“I pushed to have it at Golden [...]

I’ve Got A Hunch I’m Gonna Be King

So, how did we do here at Superfecta HQ in this weekend’s installment of the Winter of Our Discontent Challenge? Really shockingly badly, that’s how:

Sunny Issues – At least Snow Cone hit the boardLA Champions Sprint – Tortuga Straits did likewise.Hollywood Turf Cup – In real life, I [...]

No Title Needed

It was a tough day at work yesterday, both on a practical level (simply keeping our servers up was a challenge) and of course emotionally. Some of the better articles I have come across include this one by Jane Smiley and Beyer’s commentary is worth a read as well. Meghan O’Rourke’s piece for [...]

Big Round-Up

Cacique looked great in the Man O’ War with some fine efforts from Go Deputy and Showing Up as well. Showing Up did stumble slightly at the start and looked a little rank early on, but I’d say this bodes well for his future against top-class turf horses. Coming in a few jumps [...]