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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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Meanwhile, Down Under…

While all North American racing fans will be looking forward to Curlin’s Saratoga debut in the Woodward, we should be aware that there is an exciting clash developing Down Under. 4-year-old sensation (and Horse of the Year in waiting) Weekend Hussler is aiming for redemption after defeat in the Liston Stakes two weeks ago. [...]

Compare/Constrast

Word is in the Pyro is off to Darley at some point in the not-too-distant future; it must be nice to have things decided so early in one’s career (although hey, at six lifetime starts, he only needs three more to equal Smarty Jones in total starts – just not as many wins) – 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 [...]

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 [...]

Meanwhile, In Hong Kong…

Sunday is the big day for Miss Andretti (pictured) as she prepares for the Hong Kong Sprint International, and she is the focus of much newsprint around the world as a result. Her most serious competition is local star Sacred Kingdom and word is that the track will be good.

More Honors for Miss Andretti

It’s Horse of the Year time in Australia (after a two-month delay due to equine influenza); not surprisingly, the phenomenal sprinter Miss Andretti gets the title this year. She’s the latest in a line of mares dominating the Aussie turf scene, following Sunline and the great Makybe Diva. Her frequent rival Takeover Target [...]

Miss Andretti Scores Again

While things continue in something of a post-Breeders’ Cup holding pattern in North America, Miss Andretti (right) continues to demonstrate that she is the best sprinter in the world. After a gutsy victory last Saturday in The Age Classic (about a six furlong race by US standards), the Australian mare is off to Hong [...]

A Long-Expected Party

Champion mare Makybe Diva (right, with her three Melbourne Cups) finally had her first foal — he’s a leggy bay colt by Irish-bred Epsom and Irish Derby winner Galileo, born at Coolmore Stud. There is much speculation in the Australian press as to the colt’s worth; the Diva’s 3/4 brother, Musket, recently sold [...]

More Filly Action

Much of today’s focus at Royal Ascot is on Finsceal Beo in the Coronation Stakes. The Irish Independent points out that if she wins today, she will be only the third horse in the past 28 years to win the ‘mile crown’ (the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes). It [...]

More on the Rags to Riches 'Blog'

Naturally, the launch of the Rags to Riches ‘blog’ has been the subject of much chatter around the TBA. Most of us had similar thoughts, which can be boiled down to 1) it’s not really a blog and 2) it’s not saying anything you can’t find elsewhere. I’ll give the NTRA points for [...]