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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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No Alarms and No Surprises

The Breeders’ Cup defections continue apace; Icon Project has been retired with a tendon injury, Macho Again caught a cough, Gitano Hernando and Lahaleeb didn’t want to pay entry feeds, Rail Trip has a foot bruise and Septimus isn’t going to make the trip from Europe. With the retirement of Sea the Stars and [...]

Keeping Time

I wrote a new post about the Breeders’ Cup Marathon last week for the NTRA that has yet to appear there (in case you’re wondering why part of a ‘new’ article will be out of date by the time you read it), but since that’s not up yet, why not check out my most recent [...]

Busy Breeding Season So Far

There’s a lot of breeding news today – yet another bay full brother to Barbaro arrived, Rags to Riches had a healthy Giant’s Causeway filly, and Dreaming of Anna is in foal to Street Cry. But perhaps the most interesting news in this genre is that Vertigineux, dam to Zenyatta and Balance, is in [...]

Managing Expectations

Note: A revised version of this post appears at The Blood-Horse.

While there is much excitement in certain quarters over the upcoming debut of brother, Barbaro’s brother Nicanor, it’s a good idea to temper expectations with a bit of reality. Most horses never compete at racing’s highest level. Some show early promise that [...]

Remember the Mares

It’s a Distaff sort of day today; Zarkava took home the Cartier Award for Horse of the Year, Zenyatta has her own hat and there is the troubling news that Sunline is fighting laminitis.

First, let’s look more closely at the good news — Zarkava’s flawless season was rewarded by Cartier voters who [...]

Summer Metapost

For your convenience, we offer a bit of a metapost today, featuring some highlights from TBA blogs (but certainly not doing justice to all of them):

Railbird is keeping track of this week’s drug issues (and Barry Irwin’s response) as well as Man of Iron’s debut (so far, he’s following in big sister Rags [...]

Meet Your 2008 Belmont Winner

While there are many column inches being spilled (and rightly so, it’s an interesting story) on Casino Drive, my pick for the Peter Pan (and the Belmont) is still Tomcito. We will see both horses in action tomorrow in the Peter Pan.

I think that Tomcito (pictured) has had some [...]

Career Paths

While it’s Derby Works a Go-Go at the moment for the 3-year-olds, there’s plenty of actual racing action going on beyond that sphere. In the ‘comeback’ column, first noted at Brooklyn Backstretch, 2005 Preakness runner-up/tripper Scrappy T recently raced at Penn National, getting up for only fourth place in allowance company at Penn [...]

Tuesday Metapost

By now, the news that Rags to Riches has been retired is common knowledge; while the official story is that she re-injured the leg she fractured last year, one does wonder whether (for which read ‘if’) that happened during or after a nice workout at Palm Beach Downs on March 19th. It’s hardly shocking [...]

Too Good To Be True

Rags to Riches retires, heads off to see Giant’s Causeway. Sigh.