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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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Edging Closer to the Derby

Blinkers? Feh!

We finally have a better sense of the Derby field as the contenders begin to move into Churchill Downs in earnest; Lookin At Lucky seemed to enjoy the track, working a bullet this morning. Trainer Bob Baffert has buried the hatchet with jockey Garrett Gomez (you will recall he was not thrilled with [...]

Jigsaw Falling Into Place

As we move inexorably closer to Breeders’ Cup time (pre-entries are to be announced in a little more than a week), things are fairly quiet – last weekend’s (stateside) races were most notable for a major exit, rather than as Breeders’ Cup preps.

But it was a satisfying exit; Champs Elysees capped his career in style, [...]

Fantasy Horse Racing?

I enjoyed Joe Drape’s column in the Times regarding the ongoing medication and safety issues in American racing and would love to see some of these ideas taken much further. However, I do wonder about his suggestion that should British-based Mafaaz win the Derby on hay, oats and water we’d see a collective return [...]

Get Your Vote On

Hey, American readers – are missing out on that voting feeling now that the presidential election is over? Well, never fear, horse racing has come to the rescue. It seems that you, too, can vote for your favorite European race horses for the Cartier Awards. As with any absentee ballot, it’s difficult [...]

I Go Away For A Few Days…

…and everyone retires. It was nice knowing you, Raven’s Pass. It’s a shame poor Sheik Mohammed didn’t have the deep pockets to keep him in training, but jockey Jimmy Fortune was able to give the horse a diplomatic send-off to Kildangan Stud:
“I still don’t think we had seen the best of him but [...]

Breeders’ Cup: What’s Next?

With the 2008 Breeders’ Cup in the books, the focus shifts almost immediately to next year. Who will be retired? Who is coming back? What are they aiming for? We know the answers for a number of the winners (and contenders) already, but the list is far from complete. In [...]

Just The Surface?

Much has been written about the effect the synthetic surface had on the Breeders’ Cup (and I believe there are many legitimate arguments to be made in favor and against them in that regard), but I wonder what role the other ‘new’ element played this year — no steroids. While it’s certainly relevant to examine [...]

Raven's Pass Wins the Classic

On the one hand, I can say that I totally called it; on the other, I didn’t actually bet Raven’s Pass on his own (despite talking him up and including him in all my exotics) so I am a huge loser. But not Raven’s Pass – he’s a winner! Enjoy, and I promise [...]

Breeders’ Cup Super-Generic Overview

It’s the Tuesday before the Breeders’ Cup, and that means that any dithering over cross entries will be resolved at today’s post position draw. With fourteen races spread over two days, it’s not a terribly long time to study the fields. With that in mind, here is your most basic of basic overviews of [...]

Just Because Everyone Else Is Doing It…

This week’s Star 3-Year-Old Retiree is New Approach. He’s had a tremendous year — becoming only the third horse to win the Dewhurst, the Derby and the Champion Stakes. With eight wins from eleven starts, the son of Galileo heads off into the sunset to become a Darley stallion. So why the rush? [...]