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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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Edging Closer to the Derby

Blinkers? Feh!

We finally have a better sense of the Derby field as the contenders begin to move into Churchill Downs in earnest; Lookin At Lucky seemed to enjoy the track, working a bullet this morning. Trainer Bob Baffert has buried the hatchet with jockey Garrett Gomez (you will recall he was not thrilled with [...]

Will Zenyatta Bump Up Street Cry’s Stud Fee?

Shocking’s Melbourne Cup win gave his sire, Street Cry, G1 winners at both sprinting and staying distances, but the stallion could garner even more accolades this weekend. While Street Sense has already carried the banner for Street Cry in the Juvenile in his 2-year-old season, and Zenyatta took the Ladies’ Classic last year, if she [...]

We Interrupt Breeders’ Cup Week for the Melbourne Cup

While we look forward to the Breeders’ Cup draw tomorrow, tonight (at least for those in North America) is the Melbourne Cup. There’s a 24-horse field entered this year, including last year’s winner, Viewed – and not a little intrigue. Should Mourilyan win, will the money make Bad Things Happen in Chechnya? Will [...]

Viewed Takes the Melbourne Cup

Well, another Melbourne Cup is in the books, and contrary to the pre-race hype, the Cup stayed in Australian hands. The hands in question are certainly familiar — the win by Viewed gave trainer Bart Cummings his twelfth victory in the race and his 250th Group 1 win overall.

Val has a great [...]

About Tomorrow…

On Tuesday, November 4th, a nation will hold its collective breath as the race comes to a close. Few will have their minds on work as they wait for the final result — years of preparation and anticipation have been spent building toward this moment. And we all know what’s at stake: bragging rights as [...]