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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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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 [...]

2009 Preakness – On the Record

Looking over the Preakness undercard made me realize they start the show early down south – the Allaire DuPont goes off at 10.44! Depending on Amtrak and my luck with scalpers, I may or may not make it in time for the first few races. Here are a few undercard highlights:

Race 2 – [...]

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 [...]

Casting a Long Shadow

The Preakness field is still very much a work in progress, but in addition to Mine That Bird, Musket Man, Papa Clem, Pioneerof the Nile and General Quarters, Friesan Fire is now likely for the race. New shooters Terrain, Big Drama, Take the Points and Hull are planning to meet at Pimlico, and while [...]

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 [...]

In Case of Rain…

It may be Kentucky Oaks Eve, but I seem to be spending most of my time looking at the weather for Saturday. If the predicted deluge does indeed materialize around post time, I’m leaning toward a Friesan Fire/General Quarters/Dunkirk trifecta (even though I’m not otherwise on the Dunkirk bandwagon). However, I could also [...]

Justifying the Top Ten

As we wait out the final pre-Derby weekend, I decided it was high time to explain just what I like – and dislike – about my top ten Derby picks.

I Want Revenge
Pros: His thoroughly impressive Wood Memorial victory alone would put him at the top of the list, but add in some interesting Argentine breeding [...]

Getting Closer…

Whether Advice’s rather nice win in the Coolmore Lexington will have any Derby reverberations remains to be seen (although I think we can all agree Square Eddie was predictably short on fitness), but there has been plenty of other action on that front. Perhaps most notable is that Garrett Gomez officially committed to ride [...]

Decisions, Decisions

Theoretically the Coolmore Lexington is still a Derby prep (rather like the Derby Trial used to be in bygone days), but I find it hard to see that anyone will move forward from this year’s installment with a legitimate chance in the Derby. Yes, Square Eddie (pictured) has the earnings, a nice pedigree and [...]

There Was Some Racing, Too

Last weekend’s Derby preps may, unfortunately, become more remembered for what happened off the track (and not even to horses pointed toward Kentucky) – all thanks to Jeff Mullins, conditioner for I Want Revenge. But let’s set him aside for the moment to recall how things went in California.

Naturally, hearing that The Pamplemousse was scratched [...]