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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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More on Chelokee

The Blood-Horse has a longer news release now, still giving Chelokee’s odds as close to 50/50, but with a few more details about the ankle fusion he’ll be undergoing in the next few days. They also note that the procedure will be similar to that got Teuflesberg safely into the breeding shed.

Did I mention [...]

On Curlin, Better Talk Now and Other Matters

With the news that Curlin is skipping this weekend’s events in Louisiana to head over to Dubai early (more on that later), Grasshopper has stepped up to contest the Mineshaft in his absence; Better Than Bonds will also be making an appearance in that race. Most eyes will be on the three-year-olds, though, in [...]

Compare and Contrast

Teuflesberg is scheduled for surgery today (no news yet), and while so far things are sounding positive for his survival, the same cannot be said for his ownership group. An article in the Lexington Herald-Leader confirms some of the rumors that have been floating around of late:
“I’m trying to play peacemaker for both sides,” [...]

Pulling for Teuflesberg

Looking back on my pre-weekend post, I seem rather worryingly prescient — on the positive side, I called the trifecta in the Shadwell Turf Mile and was close on the First Lady, but I also worried whether things were amiss in the Teuflesberg camp, perhaps with good reason. It sounds as though we can [...]

Tin Hat At The Ready

The Lawyer Ron legal kerfuffle (see this history here) has been settled for now, although everything is confidential. But it sounds as though both sides are happy at present:
Stonewall general manager Bert Welker said he is looking forward to the day Lawyer Ron officially joins the farm’s 12-horse stallion roster.

“I know we would sure [...]

It’s On

It’s quite a weekend; Hard Spun and Street Sense face off in Kentucky, while Curlin takes on Lawyer Ron in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Turfway Park did well to ensure that the heavy hitters turned up for the Kentucky Cup Classic — there’s a $150,000 bonus on the line for horses who have [...]

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 [...]

Too Darn Hot

While Superfecta loathes driving in the Bay Area, it must be said that at least the cool weather there was pleasant; it’s too hot back here to race at Delaware Park today. As it’s already been mentioned by everyone else, I’ll just point out that I was right about Any Given Saturday in the [...]

Why We Watch

Or, a more coherent summing up of Belmont day.

Rags to Riches demonstrated the essence of great horse racing yesterday; class, heart, grit, determination and some arrogance thrown in. Her stumble at the start and her wide trip were more than enough to quiet most hardcore Curlin supporters who realized those elements far outweighed her [...]

Belmont Undercard

Saturday should be a great day of racing – not only will we be treated to Rags to Riches taking on Curlin, but we have a fantastic undercard to enjoy. Here are my thoughts on the (other) big races on the day — and don’t forget to tune in to CBS News tonight to [...]