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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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Breeders’ Cup Wrap-up, 2009

While Zenyatta’s historic win in the Classic seems to eclipse the rest of the two-day event, there were many other interesting storylines – each race stood out in its own way this year.

MarathonWhat a fascinating result – nine-year-old Cloudy’s Knight very nearly got there to be the oldest Breeders’ Cup winner on record (and jockey [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Dirt Mile

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Mastercraftsman (IRE), Aiden P. O’Brien, J. Murtagh, 6/5Class of the field, no question (pictured).

2 Furthest Land, Michael J. Maker, J. Leparoux, 20-1Won Kentucky Cup Classic last time, but he’s not beaten much.

3 Midshipman, Saeed Bin Suroor, G. Gomez, 6-1Only blemish is a second in last year’s Norfolk Stakes; second [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Mile

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Court Vision, Richard Dutrow, Jr., R. Albarado, 12-1Looked good last time out, but this is a tall order.

2 Whatsthescript (IRE), John W. Sadler, K. Desormeaux, 15-1Third in this race last year; has not won since August of the same.

3 Cowboy Cal, Todd Pletcher, J. Velazquez, 6-1Won the Oak Tree [...]

Breeders’ Cup Musings & Arc Winning Dates

While we are focused on the Breeders’ Cup, across the pond they are already thinking about next year’s 2000 Guineas and the Derby, thanks to St. Nicholas Abbey’s impressive victory in the Racing Post Trophy over the weekend. The 2-year-old Montjeu colt is 3-for-3 so far – if nothing else, he’s already accomplished considerably [...]

No Alarms and No Surprises

The Breeders’ Cup defections continue apace; Icon Project has been retired with a tendon injury, Macho Again caught a cough, Gitano Hernando and Lahaleeb didn’t want to pay entry feeds, Rail Trip has a foot bruise and Septimus isn’t going to make the trip from Europe. With the retirement of Sea the Stars and [...]

Wins, Losses and a Mysterious Breeders’ Cup Picture

The past weekend’s racing raised almost as many questions as it answered, but two were given an unqualified affirmative – yes, Sea the Stars is really that good, and yes, Summer Bird loves New York. Surprising losses both at home and abroad, however, are keeping the Breeders’ Cup picture mysteriously cloudy – and we’ll [...]

Weekend Results & Breeders’ Cup Plans

Ventura added her success in the Woodbine Mile to the ongoing Season of Female Domination; second in this race last year, she blew past the field to win easily this time around. Although it’s a Win and You’re In Race for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, she’ll be heading to the Filly & Mare Sprint [...]

Royal Ascot: Day 2

There was a bit of fallout from Johnny Murtagh’s ‘enthusiastic’ ride on Mastercraftsman yesterday – he got a one-day ban for excessive whip use in the St. James’s Palace Stakes. He picked up another six-day ban for his ‘careless’ ride in the Ascot Stakes, so he’s now up to seven days off after just [...]

Weekend Roundup & Royal Ascot, Day 1

Today is the first day of Royal Ascot; before we get to the racing across the pond, we’ll have a quick update of the past weekend’s goings-on stateside. The was naturally disappointment in Camp Superfecta over Einstein’s tough trip in the Stephen Foster (and let’s give credit to Macho Again for putting in a [...]