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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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Busy Belmont Week

Doing what he does best

While things remain ludicrously busy in Superfectaland (a new job, Philly Beer Week and the World Cup are all converging), we don’t want to neglect racing, especially during Met Mile/Belmont week.

First, of course, we must give props to Quality Road in the Met Mile for another fine performance.  Sure, he [...]

Kentucky Derby Undercard

Churchill Downs in the sun

Happy Kentucky Oaks Day!  We’ll be following what is likely to be the last day of good weather at Churchill Downs via Twitter, but why not preview the Derby undercard in between races?

Eight Belles Stakes – 1.19 pm

Buckleupbuttercup / J R Leparoux  /    118  /    E Kenneally
Hot Dixie Chick /    R Albarado / 122 /   [...]

Quality Road, Court Vision and Some 3-Year-Olds…

Quality Road

While discussion continues apace over the possibility of a Zenyatta-Rachel Alexandra matchup at Oaklawn, some of their potential competitors in the older horse division are looking to burnish their credentials this weekend.  Musket Man, who finished a reasonably creditable third behind Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, will return in the Super Stakes at [...]

Rachelmania

It’s a rare year in which the Woodward could determine Horse of the Year; we are lucky enough to be living through one of them now. While some have scoffed at the level of competition Rachel Alexandra (pictured yesterday in the paddock at Saratoga – courtesy of NYRA) will be facing in the race, [...]

Then One Of Us Shall Be A Queen

While the will-she-or-won’t-she discussion continues over Rachel Alexandra’s possible participation in the Belmont (briefly mentioned in my latest blog posting at BelmontStakes.com), the other queen of the track is preparing to (finally) make her seasonal debut.

Zenyatta is defending her title and unbeaten record in the Milady at Hollywood Park. She won’t have much competition, [...]

Possibilities

Like Val, I believe that this year’s thrilling Preakness result was the best the sport could have possibly hoped for; even before the race, I had colleagues and friends who otherwise never notice racing asking me about ‘the filly and the Derby horse’ – and even asking me to take money to Pimlico to bet [...]

Superfecta’s Preakness Adventure

The day began early, with your intrepid Superfecta hoping to squeeze in a 10K run before the smallest member of the household awoke. Despite setting a halfway-decent pace, by the time I returned from my run he was already up and enjoying some Backyardigans – I hoped my failure to achieve my own goal [...]

Preakness Plans

While the Preakness draw won’t take place until tomorrow, we have a reasonably good idea of the field at this point. Rachel Alexandra should be in (after Sunday’s brush fire of idiocy) and Friesan Fire is now definitely a go as well. Derby victor Mine That Bird had a surprise workout the other [...]

Road to Baltimore

Yesterday, I suggested we wait and see where Mine That Bird will fit in Kentucky Derby history; today, however, it’s time to recap the weekend’s racing and in that context, his Derby victory is still something to puzzle over.

It goes without saying that there was no greater spectacle in racing than Rachel Alexandra’s utterly dominant [...]

With I Want Revenge Out…

I’m now going for Friesan Fire/Papa Clem/Chocolate Candy/General Quarters in my boxed superfecta (although I am not loving the prices on FF/GQ). If Pioneerof the Nile stays at good odds, he’ll get a little support too.

If it stays wet, I’ll also put something on Dunkirk. Hmm…

Quite a surprising start to Derby morning so [...]