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Street Sense | Superfectablog v3.0 - Part 2

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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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 [...]

Duck!

Much has been made already about the decision to point Curlin toward the Jockey Club Gold Cup rather than what is now a fairly anemic field for the Travers (with the exception of Street Sense, who will presumably be enjoying a paid workout). My sense is that there would be less chatter about it [...]

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 [...]

Saratoga Eve

It’s almost Saratoga time and the rumors swirl — will The Green Monkey debut? Is something wrong with Rags to Riches? (and no, I don’t have any inside information on that one). Will Sun King finally score a grade I victory? Steve Haskin makes his case, and it is a compelling [...]

Everybody’s Doing It

While the news about Street Sense going to Darley upon retirement was the talk of the weekend, I was a little surprised to see that he and Hard Spun were going to be stablemates there. Granted, the rumors that Hard Spun’s breeding rights had already been sold have been circulating for a while now, [...]