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Summer Bird | 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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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 [...]


It’s a rare year in which the Woodward could determine Horse of the Year; we are lucky enough to be living through one of them now. While some have scoffed at the level of competition Rachel Alexandra (pictured yesterday in the paddock at Saratoga – courtesy of NYRA) will be facing in the race, [...]

Summer Bird, Vindicated

We here at Superfecta HQ are always pleased when we pick a winner thatsome have doubted; with that in mind, it was especially nice to see Summer Bird win the Travers (and earn a 110 Beyer in the process). He will most likely head to the Jockey Club Gold Cup or the Goodwood next, [...]

Travers Day

Travers weekend is upon us, and for once, we’ll get some decent mainstream television coverage on ESPN – although the Ballston Spa won’t be shown live, the other major stakes races on Saratoga’s Saturday card will be. There’s quite a bit to cover, so let’s get to it.

Ballston SpaThis is a really interesting one [...]

On to the Woodward…

It’s official – Rachel Alexandra will take on the bigger boys in the Woodward. The announcement was made this morning after another one of her ‘routine’ clocker-stunning workouts. While I’m a little disappointed I won’t be able to see her in person again for this one, I think it’s the more interesting move [...]

Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

It always rains at Monmouth Park.

Or so I presume, since 100% of my visits to the Jersey Shore track have involved weather conditions which could most charitably be described as monsoon-like. That said, on this occasion we stayed entirely dry – a welcome change from our Breeders’ Cup experience at Monmouth when our seats [...]

Some Things You Need To See In Person

With so much high-quality racing on tap for this weekend, one would think that ESPN and/or ABC could make room in their busy schedule for at least Rachel Alexandra’s appearance in the Haskell, but apparently they are more fully committed to their broadcast of the X Games, some sort of NASCAR event, a relatively minor [...]

Saratoga & the Shore

It’s opening week at Saratoga and things get going with some celerity – the 2-year-olds step out in the Sanford on Thursday, and this Saturday the featured race is the Jim Dandy. But much of the focus at Saratoga so far this week has been on the workouts – Rachel Alexandra turned in her [...]

Tuesday Roundup

Perhaps the most interesting result from last weekend’s racing is that the Grand Slam of Grass is still a possibility, thanks to Battle of Hasting’s win (pictured) in the Virginia Derby. As mentioned last week, the Grand Slam of Grass seems to be unfamiliar even in the racing world (indeed, it was news to [...]

Following Rachel Down The Shore

I like Delaware Park a lot, really I do, but my schedule is so packed this summer I can only make one race, which means I’ll be heading to Monmouth to see Rachel Alexandra in the Haskell. It certainly makes more sense for her to aim for this over the Del Cap – she’ll [...]