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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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Will Zenyatta Bump Up Street Cry’s Stud Fee?

Shocking’s Melbourne Cup win gave his sire, Street Cry, G1 winners at both sprinting and staying distances, but the stallion could garner even more accolades this weekend. While Street Sense has already carried the banner for Street Cry in the Juvenile in his 2-year-old season, and Zenyatta took the Ladies’ Classic last year, if she [...]

In Which We Counsel Patience

More often than not, once the Kentucky Derby result is in the books, it seems obvious in retrospect. Who was going to beat Big Brown? Street Sense was naturally going to win that day, and Barbaro was most assuredly the class of the field.

Sometimes, however, it’s a trickier business. Giacomo? Where [...]

(Early) Weekend Preview

Why, you may ask, is my weekend preview arriving so early? Easy: logistics. The Family Superfecta is off to Seattle tomorrow (and before you ask – no, I didn’t notice ACRL’s conference was there the same weekend when I booked the tickets, and yes, I know it means every woman in the city [...]

Derby Favorites

The first Derby horse I have a clear picture of rooting for was Genuine Risk; when she won, I figured this whole picking winners thing was pretty easy. The next horse I recall backing was Slew O’Gold, who finished 4th in 1983. I was back in form with Swale in 1984 (and was [...]

Derby Data

Until tomorrow afternoon’s post position draw, the only Derby trail action is analyzing (and overanalyzing) the contenders’ works and every possible bit of data available, no matter how tangential.

To that end, I always look forward to playing with the C-J Derby Data Track (and was pleased to discover its origins [...]

Compare/Constrast

Word is in the Pyro is off to Darley at some point in the not-too-distant future; it must be nice to have things decided so early in one’s career (although hey, at six lifetime starts, he only needs three more to equal Smarty Jones in total starts – just not as many wins) – at [...]

How They Rank

The World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings were recently released; Curlin is the highest-rated US-based horse, coming in tied for second with Authorized, Dylan Thomas and Invasor (despite his retirement early in the season). Street Sense, English Channel, Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron also make the top ten. Rags to Riches comes in at [...]

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 [...]

Weekend Metapost

It was quite a weekend of racing; things are shaping up nicely for the Breeders’ Cup. First, the West Coast:

Tiago performed well in his first outing against older horses in the Goodwood Handicap (Lava Man was scratched in favor of a race next weekend), although he was certainly tested by Awesome Gem — nevertheless, [...]

It’s On

It’s quite a weekend; Hard Spun and Street Sense face off in Kentucky, while Curlin takes on Lawyer Ron in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Turfway Park did well to ensure that the heavy hitters turned up for the Kentucky Cup Classic — there’s a $150,000 bonus on the line for horses who have [...]