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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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Saratoga Showers

While she obviously didn’t like the slop at Saratoga the other day (finishing last after tying up in the Schuylerville, which was won by Jardin), Ocean Colors is still very much on my ‘watch’ list. Bill Finley’s article on her prior to the race is well worth checking out; here’s hoping for a more [...]

Travers Weekend Roundup

Hard Spun and Street Sense both stepped up to the plate this weekend and proved they could win in a situation where they were truly challenged. I was also pleased that I’d picked Shakis to win the Bernard Baruch and was a little surprised to see he returned as much as he did.

Despite somewhat [...]

Snakes – Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?

There has been some progress on the cobra venom front — Patrick Biancone’s veterinarian, a Dr. Rod Stewart, has been suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. Well, that’s what happens when you prescribe cobra venom, right? It’s not quite so simple — his suspension is for refusing to turn over his [...]

Rehearsals for Retirement

Well, what can you say about the Pacific Classic except ‘Polytrack?’ I had predicted a slow winning time of something in the 2:05 neighborhood, but the actual finishing time being closer to 2:07 seemed ludicrously snail-like. I’m all for good synthetic surfaces, but all the results on the day made trainer John Shirreffs [...]

Too Darn Hot

While Superfecta loathes driving in the Bay Area, it must be said that at least the cool weather there was pleasant; it’s too hot back here to race at Delaware Park today. As it’s already been mentioned by everyone else, I’ll just point out that I was right about Any Given Saturday in the [...]

More from Saratoga

Here are a few more snippets from Our Woman in Saratoga (as well as her lovely photo of Street Sense before the Jim Dandy):
Two upstate news sources (Albany Times-Union and The Saratogian) quote trainer Pat Kelly as saying that 9-year-old grey gelding Evening Attire will run in an allowance race later in the meet. [...]

Legitimate Lawyer Ron?

Street Sense’s relatively easy win in the Jim Dandy seems to have been somewhat overshadowed by whether or not Lawyer Ron (pictured) broke the track record in the Whitney, with the pros and cons well summed up over at The Last Filly.

The main argument seems to be that Lawyer Ron could not have possibly pulled [...]

Saratoga Spies

A quick note about yesterday’s Sanford from Our Woman in Saratoga:
The Sanford: The Sanford, for two year old colts, is one of my favorite races of the meet. It’s named for the Sanford family, who had a horse farm near here in the late 19th century and who were also prominent in shaping [...]

The Whitney: FOBs, Set Your TiVos!

This weekend marks the (televised) beginning of the new Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In‘ format. That means the possible Classic, Distaff and Sprint entrants will be facing off in the Whitney, Go for Wand and Alfred G Vanderbilt; out of the three races, the Whitney seems the most likely to provide a longshot [...]

Sanford Preview & Fangirls

The Sanford Stakes kicks off the big-name 2-year-old season in earnest; most are still fairly new to the game, as might be expected. There is a bit of buzz around Ready’s Image (trained by Todd Pletcher — no doubt a line you could easily insert for 80% of the horses running at the [...]