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Philly | Superfectablog v3.0 - Part 2

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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Local Horses for Local People?

In today’s news, Dick Jerardi makes the case that none of the ‘local’ horses like Hard Spun are really local and also notes about Slew’s Tizzy that ‘philosophies have been known to change when owners get Derby Fever.’ Indeed, it seems like that’s becoming more of a possibility — trainer Greg Fox most [...]

Bonus for Hard Spun Fans

I’m sure the more intrepid Hard Spun fans have already come across this, but for those who missed it, there’s a blog following the birth of his newborn half-sister by Kingmambo as well as a slideshow of photos of his dam, Turkish Tryst, and the new filly in the fields at Brushwood Stables.

Speaking of Brushwood [...]

Local Color

Hard Spun faces off against Teuflesberg on the 13th in the Lecomte Stakes in his first foray outside the local area. In my opinion they are an intriguing matchup: three-year-olds who happen to be approaching this race from opposite ends of the spectrum — Hard Spun has never had to work too hard [...]

Some Good News, Some Not So Good

Apologies for the lack of updates this week; I’m about to start a new job and so it’s been a bit hectic.

I’ve been looking for more details on Afleet Alex’s hernia surgery — it sounds as though all went well, but I am curious to know if this was a known issue or [...]

Colonial Turf Cup Day

There’s a nice article on the Jacksons and their hopes for Showing Up in today’s Colonial Turf Cup in the Washington Post today which includes some very upbeat (perhaps unexpectedly so, based on his reputation) comments about him from Barclay Tagg as well as his thoughts on Barbaro’s injury and recovery.

The other recent Barbaro [...]

Back from Baltimore

Good news while I was away…Barbaro’s cast change went well and his leg is looking good. Apparently they needed to go to the general anesthesia route as he wasn’t buying the ‘in the sling’ attempt:

“The cast was replaced under general anesthesia, and Barbaro had a perfect pool recovery, Richardson reported. He first tried to [...]

So far, so good…

Barbaro is still doing very well, although of course there are many complications that could occur. They are well-discussed in this Thoroughbred Times article; once again, Barbaro’s positive attitude is highlighted as a key factor in his recovery. There is a longer interview with Peter Brette and he also indicates that Barbaro is [...]


My novelty bet prediction came in — Aragorn won the Shoemaker Breeders’ Cup Mile! Once again, I didn’t actually bet it, and naturally he was the longest shot on the board. Such is life.

Barbaro’s news conference is scheduled for 10:30 am — it’s actually on television here!Tags:Barbaro, Horse Racing

Wednesday Miscellany

Until the Preakness post position draw this afternoon gives everyone something substantive to talk about, today’s articles are a little more hit-and-miss. There’s a nice one in the Baltimore Sun on the many states with a claim to Barbaro. They also cover the ‘retirement at 3′ trend in fine style, noting how [...]

Preakness week begins

As you might imagine, the press coverage this week is very Preakness-centric; the NY Times has an article outlining how Barbaro’s race schedule was planned. The Sports Network goes right for the Slew comparison and then has the current rundown of the probable Preakness field.

MSNBC tells us that Barbaro had a nice 1 1/2 [...]