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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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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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Rehearsals for Retirement

Well, what can you say about the Pacific Classic except ‘Polytrack?’ I had predicted a slow winning time of something in the 2:05 neighborhood, but the actual finishing time being closer to 2:07 seemed ludicrously snail-like. I’m all for good synthetic surfaces, but all the results on the day made trainer John Shirreffs [...]

Meanwhile, Back in the States….

Sunday’s Pacific Classic (on ESPN2, in case your TiVo does not already have a horse racing season pass) will be the first run on Del Mar’s new Polytrack; while Lava Man is the headliner, he’s apparently not scaring anyone away. Much as I like him (and as great as it would be for him [...]

Saratoga Eve

It’s almost Saratoga time and the rumors swirl — will The Green Monkey debut? Is something wrong with Rags to Riches? (and no, I don’t have any inside information on that one). Will Sun King finally score a grade I victory? Steve Haskin makes his case, and it is a compelling [...]

Geldings Gone Wild

Lava Man proved once again what a gutsy horse he is; his threepeat in the Hollywood Gold Cup may not put him in the same company as John Henry at this point, but let’s celebrate what he has accomplished nonetheless. Despite perhaps having lost a step in the trip to Dubai and back, he [...]

Charming ‘Men’

It’s the old warhorses headlining things this weekend (now that the injured Invasor will not be part of the Suburban picture); both Lava Man and The Tin Man are aiming for threepeats in their respective races. Lava Man is hoping to match Native Diver’s streak of Hollywood Gold Cup victories, and The Tin Man’s [...]

Bad News, Good News

While there has been more unfortunate news this week (Cormorant and Sinister G have both died), there is also the heartening news that Xtra Heat and her latest foal are both doing well. The foal in question is a filly by Unbridled’s Song, and Xtra Heat will next be bred to Songandaprayer. She’s [...]

Invasor – He Is The Best!

How good is Invasor? (And how cool is Fernando Jara?) I was actually more impressed by his gutsy effort in the Donn than his Breeders’ Cup victory, and his stretch duel with the fantastic Premium Tap today was tremendous. Discreet Cat even looked a bit green (with his limited number of [...]