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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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2010 Belmont Undercard

Is Gio Ponti still on Dubai time?

First, the bad news – last year’s Belmont champ Summer Bird has been retired.  It’s particularly unfortunate, as he seemed to be coming into his own toward the end of last season, just before the injury.  Given the economy and the timing of his retirement (he’s essentially missed [...]

The Good, The Weird and the Very Ugly

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 [...]

Eclipse Awards: Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta And The Rest

Last night, they handed out a few awards for horse racing – you may have heard a bit about it.

2-year-old male: Lookin at LuckyAs per usual with the juvenile awards, there was no surprise here. His three G1 wins sealed the deal, and he looks to improve this year. We’ll soon find out if [...]

Breeders’ Cup Wrap-up, 2009

While Zenyatta’s historic win in the Classic seems to eclipse the rest of the two-day event, there were many other interesting storylines – each race stood out in its own way this year.

MarathonWhat a fascinating result – nine-year-old Cloudy’s Knight very nearly got there to be the oldest Breeders’ Cup winner on record (and jockey [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Classic

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Mine That Bird, Chip Woolley, C. Borel, 12-1Perhaps unfairly overlooked; he does have the rail and Bo-Rail.

2 Colonel John, Eoin Harty, G. Gomez, 12-1Solid runner is flying a bit under the radar.

3 Summer Bird, Tim Ice, K. Desormeaux, 9/2Gets better and better each time out – can’t wait to [...]

Breeders’ Cup Pre-entries – Initial Thoughts

You’ll want to go over these today – I’ll be doing that on a train shortly, with more to come later. In the meantime, here are a few quick thoughts –

Zenyatta’s first preference is the Classic – huzzah!

Dar Re Mi is down for the Turf, with the F&M Turf as her second choice; also [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Wins, Losses and a Mysterious Breeders’ Cup Picture

The past weekend’s racing raised almost as many questions as it answered, but two were given an unqualified affirmative – yes, Sea the Stars is really that good, and yes, Summer Bird loves New York. Surprising losses both at home and abroad, however, are keeping the Breeders’ Cup picture mysteriously cloudy – and we’ll [...]

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 [...]