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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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Bow Ties Are Cool

In a season lacking a standout 3-year-old, and with stalwart Gio Ponti not having found his best form, Havre de Grace and Blind Luck have been making their own headlines. Both fillies have stellar resumes in their own rights: Blind Luck’s many wins include the Kentucky Oaks, the Alabama, the Vanity and the Del [...]

Post-Preakness 'Potential' Post

Another year, another No Triple Crown. But that is not to say that this year’s Triple Crown season has not been far more interesting than one might have predicted just a few weeks ago – indeed, the possibilities for some of this year’s crop of three-year-olds going forward is actually quite intriguing (which is [...]

Rachel Alexandra & Zenyatta: From the Horses' Mouths?

Not talking?

So, it’s official – Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta are both in foal.  It’s certainly good news, and I’m glad we’re being kept apprised of their progress through various means.  It’s a step forward – I can’t recall frequent updates on, say, Personal Ensign’s many successful pregnancies – so, from that perspective, it’s encouraging [...]

On Zenyatta's Farewell: Remember the Mares

Despite the delays and the freezing weather, Zenyatta garnered a large crowd to say goodbye; it speaks volumes about her appeal to know that people came to stand in the cold and dark – not to see her race, just to see her, briefly – before she goes to the farm to begin her new [...]

Welcome, NY Times Readers!

Greetings, readers of TheRail – thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed the bit on this year’s Breeders’ Cup Marathon.  Here are a few highlights you might enjoy:

Initial thoughts on the Breeders’ Cup pre-entries for Friday and Saturday
Horse racing in folk song – Trad Arr Superfecta parts I and II
A few Halloween-and-horse-related posts [...]

In Praise of Brass Hat

We here at Superfecta HQ have long been fans of Brass Hat – and that’s not something you can say about many racehorses these days.  His first mention on this site came in June 2006, in the wake of his still-irksome DQ from his gutsy second place finish in the Dubai World Cup.  (In what [...]

On the Occasion of Rachel Alexandra’s Retirement

I had been planning a blog comeback for next week, coinciding with the release of Secretariat (the film, not some sort of terrifying reanimated zombie Secretariat), but a number of news stories earlier in the day – notably Kingmambo being pensioned and Real Quiet’s death in Pennsylvania yesterday – seemed likely to get me back [...]

Moving Right Along…

You should know who these men are

It may have been a pokey Belmont, but it was nice to see Bill Mott add a Triple Crown win to his resume, and we’ve got summer and fall racing to look forward to.  WinStar farm will have to decide how to manage their two classic winners, Super [...]

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 [...]

Bad News/Good News

Hasili VIII: A New Hope?

D. Wayne Lukas may not be sending Dublin to the Belmont, but he’ll be busy nonetheless; he’s just become the trainer for Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.  The move had been rumored for a few weeks, but it was confirmed this week with the horse setting out from New [...]