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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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Both Sides Now

I get it, I really do – after the debacle with Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup, I can see why Jess Jackson doesn’t want to bring Rachel Alexandra to the Breeders’ Cup this year. But two facts don’t quite fit in with his firm anti-’plastic surfaces’ viewpoint. The first is that Curlin always [...]

Weekend Preview II: The Santa Anita Derby

I’ll start off by saying that I don’t believe in curses. True, it’s been a long time since the Santa Anita Derby winner saw the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle (not since Winning Colors and Sunday Silence made it two in a row), but I think it’s time to put that legend to rest. [...]

Lane’s End A Polytrack Showcase?

With a field as wide-open as this weekend’s Lane’s End, it’s hard to feel quite as engaged as usual; it seems to be becoming less of a Derby prep and more of a showcase for Polytrack specialists. Halo Najib seems a deserving favorite, given his success on synthetics, but that makes a wager less [...]

Tear The Picture Off The Wall

This past weekend’s Derby preps weren’t much help in terms of bandwagon-jumping; War Pass finally had a bad day and the relatively-unheralded (although previously a second place finisher to Denis of Cork) California-bred Sierra Sunset took the Rebel. Georgie Boy, trained by Kathy Walsh, also represented for California by winning the San Vicente, although [...]

Big Cap Weekend

The Big Cap is truly big this year — it equals 2002′s 14-horse field as the largest in the past 25 years. In Lava Man’s absence, a number of legitimate contenders have stepped into the fray — Awesome Gem (right), Student Council and Go Between already have plenty of older-horse cred, while Tiago and [...]

So It’ll Be Fine Then, Right?

Word is in that Santa Anita will be entirely replacing its ill-fated Cushion Track surface after they squeak by to the end of this season:

“No one is aware more than I am that we will have the Breeders’ Cup here two years in a row,” said [Santa Anita president Ron] Charles. [...]