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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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A Very Busy Weekend

It’s a big sports weekend all around – the Virginia Derby, the Del Cap and, of course, the Gold Cup. Granted, some racing fans may be wondering what the Gold Cup is, but if you feel it necessary to avoid soccer talk, you can simply skip the today’s final paragraphs.

I have long maintained that [...]

Finally Catching Up

I missed a busy week while vacationing – Presious Passion tanked a course record in the UN, Gio Ponti kept his winning streak going in the Man o’ War, Pure Clan looked charming in the Modesty and Rail Trip also broke a record in the Hollywood Gold Cup. Of course, there was less pleasant [...]

Big Weekend at Gulfstream

This weekend’s highlight for me is Einstein’s 2009 debut in the Donn Handicap; trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi warns that Gulfstream’s track is not his favorite dirt surface, but I think it’s great they are giving him a challenge, rather than going for the three-peat in the Gulfstream Park Turf. (Obviously adding that G1 victory to [...]

A Long-Expected Party?

The nation’s best-documented unraced 3-year-old is getting ready for his debut, complete with a CBS TV crew (which is considerably more coverage than the entire Sunshine Millions event received) – Nicanor, full brother to Barbaro, is likely to race shortly. He’s been training in Florida for the winter and the likely spot is [...]

Managing Expectations

Note: A revised version of this post appears at The Blood-Horse.

While there is much excitement in certain quarters over the upcoming debut of brother, Barbaro’s brother Nicanor, it’s a good idea to temper expectations with a bit of reality. Most horses never compete at racing’s highest level. Some show early promise that [...]

Genetics, Stud Fees and Luck

The major news outlets seem to be filling space while waiting for tonight’s Preakness draw (and that’s no bad thing, given that it highlights the sport beyond the Triple Crown to some extent). The New York Times profiles Nicanor (pictured), the full brother to Barbaro, who has recently arrived (video here) at Fair Hill [...]

Expectations

The Derby trail heats up this weekend with the Louisiana Derby; Pyro is back (and even has his own Wikipedia entry) and faces Majestic Warrior and Tale of Ekati, both of whom I have very much been looking forward to seeing. Blackberry Road seems to be a cut below the top class, but you [...]

Happy Birthday, New Barbaro Brother

Tim Woolley Racing has the scoop, as usual — the latest full sibling arrived in the early hours this morning. Thanks to La Ville Rouge for having the great timing to deliver before I start my guest-blogging gig!

NBC has an article with a few updates on his yearling full brother, Nicanor:
Born March 15, [...]

Set Your TiVos

I’m looking forward to actually watching some horse racing on television this weekend; The Rebel and the Tampa Bay Derby should both be well worth watching. The San Felipe could be useful, but I’m a bit less excited about the entrants. Cobalt Blue is getting a lot of hype, but I haven’t [...]