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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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Justifying the Top Ten

As we wait out the final pre-Derby weekend, I decided it was high time to explain just what I like – and dislike – about my top ten Derby picks.

I Want Revenge
Pros: His thoroughly impressive Wood Memorial victory alone would put him at the top of the list, but add in some interesting Argentine breeding [...]

There Was Some Racing, Too

Last weekend’s Derby preps may, unfortunately, become more remembered for what happened off the track (and not even to horses pointed toward Kentucky) – all thanks to Jeff Mullins, conditioner for I Want Revenge. But let’s set him aside for the moment to recall how things went in California.

Naturally, hearing that The Pamplemousse was scratched [...]

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. [...]

Listing

Well Armed may have had the most visually impressive victory on the Dubai World Cup card, but Timeform has ranked him the second-best horse in the world – with Dubai Duty Free winner Gladiatorus number one at a rating of 132 (in case you were wondering, the only other American-based horse apart from Well Armed [...]

Goals

The Lane’s End is this weekend, but before we move on to that, I must first continue to glory in last night’s Major League Soccer season opener, in which the brand-new Seattle Sounders spanked the boys of Red Bull – it was a beautiful thing. It does make me wish we’d scheduled our trip [...]

Catching Up

I’ve just returned from beautiful Seattle and have been getting up to speed on everything I missed, racing-wise (here’s the short version: a lot). While I racked up a lot of Road to the Roses points, upon reflection I would probably have further shaken up my top ten – here’s the current version:

1) [...]

Weekend Preview II: West Coast Edition

Welcome back for the second half of our weekend preview – the West Coast edition. It’s going to be all go at Santa Anita with the Santa Anita Oaks, the Kilroe Mile, and, of course, the Big Cap. This year’s Oaks is a big test for Stardom Bound; a victory here should [...]

Forgive – Or Forget?

Jimmy Jerkins may have forgotten to nominate Quality Road to the Triple Crown, but the horse gave him a little reminder in his Fountain of Youth victory. However, without taking anything away from Quality Road, I’m not as convinced as I might be about what this race really means; Theregoesjojo’s second-place finish was a reverse [...]

Picking The Pamplemousse

This weekend’s 3-year-old action comes to us from California and Florida; The Pamplemousse takes on eleven in the Sham Stakes, while the now-shortened Fountain of Youth showcases quite a few Derby hopefuls. I admit I’m most excited about seeing The Pamplemousse (pictured) in action again – there’s always something interesting about him on Mary [...]

I’d Be Safe And Warm

Spring House took the San Luis Obispo for the second time over the weekend (I keep saying he’s under-rated) and while it’s fair to point out that heavy hitters Artiste Royal and Champs Elysees both scratched, his solid victory was nothing to sniff at. British invader Zambezi Sun didn’t seem to love Santa Anita, [...]