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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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He’s Got Rhythm

Nobiz Like Shobiz looked all business in his Wood Memorial victory; the blinkers did indeed seem to be a big help to him and he finished the race well. Any Given Saturday looked a bit tired, but very game in his third-place finish and Phipps homebred Sightseeing looked very impressive in second (although trainer [...]

Breeders’ Cup Wrap-Up

Well, another Breeders’ Cup is over, but at least I’m only down $40. Here are my thoughts on each race:

Juvenile FilliesDreaming of Anna lived up to her pre-race hype; I’d be most interested to see her mature into a turf miler, though, rather than heading toward the Oaks next year.

JuvenileWell, it was [...]

Breeders’ Cup Picks

The European perspective seems a bit glum in some quarters; in others, they are simply surprised that George Washington is not being seen as a conquering hero by the Americans.

Here in the States, there is comparatively little Bernardini-centered coverage compared with a number of European articles focusing on star horses; one of the few is [...]

It’s Too Much Happiness

The short version of this weekend’s events, as there are just too many exciting races:

The Goodwood: Lava Man really needs an easy win here to prepare to face non-Californians in the Classic. Is Brother Derek really ready to run against his elders?Oak Tree Mile: Cinch for Aragorn. I should probably work in [...]

Lava Man Triumphant

Lava Man certainly returned to form over the weekend in his Pacific Classic victory. Even though he won last time out in the Hollywood Gold Cup, he didn’t seem his usual self and barely held on; this time he was firmly in command. While I’m not entirely sure where he sits compared [...]

Were you aware?

I finally watched ‘Let’s Go Racing’ — my new (well, new to me) local racing show from Philadelphia Park. While I can’t recommend it for the production values (think OTB video feed and a camcorder from 1986), it was actually fairly substantive. They discussed the fact that owner Rick Porter has parted ways [...]