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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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Kentucky Derby 2012: On the Record

It’s that time of year again! As ever, I don’t think there is a requirement for there to be twenty horses again this year, but twenty there are, so let’s have a look (and make sure to follow @superfecta on Twitter for more):

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Horse
Trainer
Jockey
ML Odds

1.
Daddy Long Legs
Aidan O’Brien
Colm O’Donoghue
30-1

He has the distance foundation and he’s probably [...]

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 [...]

Early Derby Preps & Comebacks

There’s local interest in this weekend’s Derby preps (and yes, we’re officially at that point where just about any race for 3-year-olds can be called a Derby prep) thanks to a horse owned by Rick Porter and trained by Tony Dutrow (aka ‘the Dutrow we like’).  Winslow Homer is running in the Holy Bull at [...]

Not Quite Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Cool

The Blood-Horse’s Tom LaMarra noted earlier this week that our fair commonwealth of Pennsylvania has launched a marketing campaign to make the track ‘cool’ again. I noticed an ad on philly.com on Tuesday and it prompted mixed emotions; while I was pleased to see that someone had taken the initiative to buy ad space, [...]

Weekend Preview I: The Gotham

With so much good racing (and, if you’re here in Philadelphia, beer) on tap this weekend, we’ve had to split the weekend preview into two segments. Today, we’ll look at the east coast – Saturday’s Gotham Stakes should be quite interesting. Axel Foley and I Want Revenge are both coming in from California; so [...]

Anak Nakal in Race-Win Shock

Perpetual underachiever Anak Nakal (pictured) finally stepped it up over the holiday weekend to take the Pennsylvania Derby and rewarded his backers at 16-1. I’ve always liked his pedigree but had more or less given up on seeing him return to the winner’s circle. I can’t say it was the strongest field ever [...]

A Filly for The Diva

Makybe Diva’s second foal has arrived — it’s a filly this time. The Fusaichi Pegasus filly was born at Segenhoe Stud in Australia’s Hunter Valley and it seems that mother and baby are both doing very well. Plans to head to Coolmore for a visit with her first-choice stallion from last year, Encosta [...]

A Digression

While watching a long-forgotten bit of Animaniacs the other day, I noticed the following exchange between Pinky and The Brain in an episode about attempting to win the Kentucky Derby (from there, of course, taking over the world):

The Brain: By analyzing the velocity-based paceline, mile turf win and Beyer speed figures, we’ll find [...]

Does Steve Know?

More on the post positions tomorrow, but in the meantime, I offer this photo from Philly.com — does Steve Asmussen know about this?

Aside from the Derby news (which obviously is tricky this week), congrats to John Servis on win number 1000. Hopefully that makes up for not training Hard Spun any more…I wonder what [...]

Preparations

There’s some press coverage of the Barbaro Celebration in the Philly papers today; some of the recent improvements to Delaware Park that will be on display opening weekend are covered here. There are still no official dropouts from the Derby field so far and Chelokee’s current chances of getting in are explained a bit more [...]