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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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Quality Road breaks his own record

With Santa Anita’s card rained out over the weekend, the 3-year-olds in New York received a bit more of the spotlight than they might have under normal circumstances – and normal circumstances were certainly not the order of the day there, either.

What should have been a reasonably straightforward running [...]

The Official Superfecta 2009 Year in Review

It almost seems we racing fans have experienced a karmic reversal this year; after the lows of the previous few years, we were treated to nothing less than history – live. So, without further ado, here are the top ten moments in horse racing for 2009, as seen from Superfecta HQ:

10) Einstein wins the Big [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Turf

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Telling, Steve Hobby, J. Castellano, 20-1Sword Dancer winner is competitive with American turf runners, if not often in the winner’s circle.

2 Conduit (IRE), Sir Michael Stoute, R. Moore, 7/5Wins almost every time he does not face Sea the Stars – a worthy returning champion.

3 Red Rocks (IRE), B.J. Meehan, [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Mile

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Court Vision, Richard Dutrow, Jr., R. Albarado, 12-1Looked good last time out, but this is a tall order.

2 Whatsthescript (IRE), John W. Sadler, K. Desormeaux, 15-1Third in this race last year; has not won since August of the same.

3 Cowboy Cal, Todd Pletcher, J. Velazquez, 6-1Won the Oak Tree [...]

Breeders’ Cup Musings & Arc Winning Dates

While we are focused on the Breeders’ Cup, across the pond they are already thinking about next year’s 2000 Guineas and the Derby, thanks to St. Nicholas Abbey’s impressive victory in the Racing Post Trophy over the weekend. The 2-year-old Montjeu colt is 3-for-3 so far – if nothing else, he’s already accomplished considerably [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Sea the Stars Makes Room for the Lady?

Although we had the rare luxury last weekend of enjoying racing on normal-ish television for two days in a row, we’re now in that odd pre-Breeders’ Cup holding pattern, where we wait on the who’s-going-where decisions.

One that’s already been made is that Sea the Stars will not be coming to the Breeders’ Cup, but will, [...]

JCGC and Things French

It’s Super Saturday at Belmont and there are two days of spectacular racing at Longchamp, so let’s get right to it. First up, the outstanding card at Belmont.

The Beldame is suffering somewhat from the absence of Icon Project (I don’t think anyone ever seriously thought Zenyatta was going to fly to New York for [...]

Retirements and Departures

While Lava Man is working toward a comeback, the equally hard-knocking Better Talk Now is finally heading for retirement. Better Talk Now was aiming for another G1 win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic coming up this weekend, but he injured a suspensory ligament while training; he’ll be looking at a comfortable retirement instead of [...]