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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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Retirements and Rehearsals

Rumored some weeks ago, it has now been confirmed that Showing Up (pictured) has been retired. It’s evident that Barclay Tagg, usually so sparing with words, will be sad to see him go:

“He’s perfectly sound,” Tagg said. “He had a couple of little problems with his hind suspensory, but he’s [...]

Happy New Year

2008 is here at last, and while it remains a slow news week, let’s finally get to our 2007 recap. First, we’ll revisit the biggest news stories in racing in something approaching chronological order:

Barbaro’s death: for those of us working at Penn Vet at the time, it was probably less of a shock than [...]

I’ve Got A Hunch I’m Gonna Be King

So, how did we do here at Superfecta HQ in this weekend’s installment of the Winter of Our Discontent Challenge? Really shockingly badly, that’s how:

Sunny Issues – At least Snow Cone hit the boardLA Champions Sprint – Tortuga Straits did likewise.Hollywood Turf Cup – In real life, I [...]

Turf News and Another Lawsuit

Nobiz Like Shobiz has at least one more engagement this year; he’s headed to the Hollywood Derby (won by fellow Barclay Tagg trainee Showing Up last year). Talented mare Dance Away Capote will be joining Nobiz Like Shobiz on his trip west as she makes a run at the Matriarch. Tagg notes that [...]

Long Weekend Preview

Street Sense is back to ‘possible‘ for the Belmont, Nobiz Like Shobiz is not likely and Slew’s Tizzy is on his way, but there’s plenty to look forward to in the meantime. The Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park features favorite Lewis Michael (pictured) facing Purim and Barbican (who has never quite reached his [...]

Fun With Litigation

With the (somewhat diminished) Blue Grass Stakes fast approaching, there are the predictable articles painting it as a face-off between Great Hunter and Street Sense and indeed they are certainly the headliners (although I continue to have a soft spot for Teuflesberg, now to be ridden by Edgar Prado, and Dominican is one to watch [...]

The Internationale

We have an international round-up today…Dylan Thomas is out of all Breeders’ Cup contention (surprise!) and Ouija Board is training right up to the big day, which means she’s raced in England for the last time. Apparently it’s been wetter than she likes, and Dylan Thomas’ performance certainly does suggest he’d like a bit [...]

Turf, Turf and More Turf

This weekend’s Man o’ War marks Showing Up’s first outing against older horses, and it’s quite a field – Cacique, Go Deputy and Relaxed Gesture are all pointed toward the race as well. With this much talent in the turf division, both the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Filly & Mare Turf (with Ouija Board [...]

No, the Other Derby

There’s a new kid in town, folks — it’s not quite the Kentucky Derby, certainly not the English Derby and probably not even akin to the Hoosier Derby. Of course, I speak of the inaugural St. Louis Derby to be held at that most salubrious of tracks, scenic Fairmount Park.

I spent many an evening [...]

Turf is the Word

Well, I was right (along with everyone else) about Gorella in the Beverly D. and Showing Up in the Secretariat Stakes (although check out the penultimate paragraph for a wee typo) — but well done to The Tin Man in the Arlington Million! I admit I wrote him off as too old to be [...]