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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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Weekend Roundup & Royal Ascot, Day 1

Today is the first day of Royal Ascot; before we get to the racing across the pond, we’ll have a quick update of the past weekend’s goings-on stateside. The was naturally disappointment in Camp Superfecta over Einstein’s tough trip in the Stephen Foster (and let’s give credit to Macho Again for putting in a [...]

Royal Ascot: Tying Up Loose Ends

Kingsgate Native (pictured) sprinted home to take the Golden Jubilee at a price on Saturday (although he was duly noted as a real threat here) and is pointed toward the July Cup at Newmarket and then a defense of his Nunthorpe victory. He was the only British-trained horse to win a Group 1 race [...]

Lush Lashes Lands Loot

Apparently a change in distance is no problem for Jim Bolger’s Lush Lashes — although her last race was over a mile and a half (and not a particularly successful effort for her), she easily cut back to the mile distance of the Coronation Stakes. As he was for New Approach in the Derby, [...]

Royal Ascot: More Coolmore Success

Today’s racing from Royal Ascot opened with the Jersey Stakes; Aqlaam picked up his third win for the year in his fourth lifetime start in the 7 furlong race for 3-year-olds. Although he is by the sprinter Oasis Dream, his dam is a half-sister to Persian Punch, two-time winner of the Melbourne Cup, so we [...]

Royal Ascot: Day 1

Royal Ascot opened today with a gritty win for Haradasun in the Queen Anne Stakes; although passed by two horses, he battled back at the end to claim victory. Darjina and Finsceal Beo were second and third (although both encountered traffic trouble) — and both Johnny Murtagh and Kevin Manning picked up bans for [...]

Royal Ascot Week

Royal Ascot‘s opening day is Tuesday, starting things off with the Queen Anne Stakes — for those new to Royal Ascot, the race is for 4-year-olds and up over a mile. Haradasun (pictured), the Australian son of Fusaichi Pegasus (and half-brother to champion Elvstroem), will shortly be retiring to stud, so this race will [...]

Steroids: Not Just for Americans Anymore

Takeover Target is an amazing horse by any standard; the Aussie sprinter has won 17 of his 33 starts, winning in Australia, Japan, Singapore and the UK. Now the British press wants to know whether he comes by his speed entirely honestly.Two years ago, Takeover Target tested positive for steroids which his connections deemed [...]