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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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(Early) Weekend Preview

Why, you may ask, is my weekend preview arriving so early? Easy: logistics. The Family Superfecta is off to Seattle tomorrow (and before you ask – no, I didn’t notice ACRL’s conference was there the same weekend when I booked the tickets, and yes, I know it means every woman in the city [...]

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 [...]

Derby Favorites

The first Derby horse I have a clear picture of rooting for was Genuine Risk; when she won, I figured this whole picking winners thing was pretty easy. The next horse I recall backing was Slew O’Gold, who finished 4th in 1983. I was back in form with Swale in 1984 (and was [...]

Turf News and Another Lawsuit

Nobiz Like Shobiz has at least one more engagement this year; he’s headed to the Hollywood Derby (won by fellow Barclay Tagg trainee Showing Up last year). Talented mare Dance Away Capote will be joining Nobiz Like Shobiz on his trip west as she makes a run at the Matriarch. Tagg notes that [...]

Holiday Roundup

The Fourth of July means fireworks and the Dwyer Stakes; this year’s installment certainly looks like a lot of fun on paper. While Nobiz Like Shobiz and Any Given Saturday are the headliners (and rightly so), it’s a very interesting field all around. Phipps homebred Sightseeing is also back in action and the [...]

Long Weekend Preview

Street Sense is back to ‘possible‘ for the Belmont, Nobiz Like Shobiz is not likely and Slew’s Tizzy is on his way, but there’s plenty to look forward to in the meantime. The Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park features favorite Lewis Michael (pictured) facing Purim and Barbican (who has never quite reached his [...]

Derby 2007: On the Record

Finally, I’ve made some actual decisions about the Derby (with full notes on the complete field here):

Total investment: $27How: $21 in advance wagering, $6 in future wagersSelections: A bunch of exacta boxes featuring various combinations of Nobiz Like Shobiz, Any Given Saturday, Street Sense, Circular Quay*, Great Hunter and Hard SpunFuture wager picks: Great Hunter, [...]

Current Derby Odds

The Courier-Journal has posted Mike Battaglia’s Derby odds on their blog (and this before the post position draw):

Curlin 7-2Street Sense 4-1Circular Quay 8-1Nobiz Like Shobiz 8-1Scat Daddy 10-1Any Given Saturday 12-1Hard Spun 15-1Great Hunter 15-1Tiago 15-1Sam P. 20-1Cowtown Cat 20-1Dominican 20-1Liquidity 30-1Storm in May 30-1Teuflesberg 30-1Zanjero 30-1Stormello 30-1Sedgefield 50-1Bwana Bull 50-1Imawildandcrazyguy 50-1

Initial observations: Any Given [...]

They Smile When They Are Low

The New York Times is in full pre-Derby mode with three feature stories (and more to come); one on Michael Matz and a nicely detailed piece on the road Nobiz Like Shobiz has followed to get to the Derby. It includes some interesting statistics which are probably not news to most hard-core racing fans, [...]

He’s Got Rhythm

Nobiz Like Shobiz looked all business in his Wood Memorial victory; the blinkers did indeed seem to be a big help to him and he finished the race well. Any Given Saturday looked a bit tired, but very game in his third-place finish and Phipps homebred Sightseeing looked very impressive in second (although trainer [...]