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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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Better than a Triple Crown

Curlin and Street Sense both put in phenomenal performances in the Preakness; it just so happened that Curlin’s was more so on the day. While the rest of the American public may yawn now that there is no Triple Crown on the line, for the racing fan there’s a more exciting prospect — a [...]

Preakness Day

Well, Preakness day is here and the weather seems like it will cooperate. ESPN’s breakfast show was good fun; Street Sense looked alert and ready in his gallop this morning. The Baltimore Sun wants us to enjoy a mint julep or two for the Preakness (since the Black Eyed Susan is a truly [...]

Preakness Undercard

While Andrew Beyer is picking against Street Sense in the Preakness, I’m not bowled over by his reasoning in this case. I can see not wanting to go with chalk, but he’s working on the ‘perfect Derby trip’ scenario. I’m of the opinion there are horses who don’t quite deserve to be there [...]

Preakness Field Notes

It’s been an odd pre-Preakness news cycle; there are more articles about Hard Spun (here, Hard Spun’s early training; here, Larry Jones complains about no one getting in Street Sense’s way; here, Hard Spun as stable sofite, etc.) than Derby victor Street Sense (unless you include this article on sire Street Cry’s phone ringing off [...]

TiVo-Blogging the Preakness Draw

Being a listing of some random thoughts that occurred to me during my slightly delayed viewing of the Preakness draw (and I’m pleased Street Sense has an outside post so that we can settle the whole ‘rail’ thing):

Good elements:

Kenny Mayne, Randy Moss and Jeannine Edwards. More, please!
Debunking the ‘tight turns’ myth as well [...]

Preakness Preparations

The Washington Post is certainly gearing up for the Preakness; Todd Pletcher’s inability to win a Triple Crown race is analyzed (and “a horse racing blogger” is quoted in the article for good measure — nice to see we’re being noticed) and indeed, analysis seems to be on Pletcher’s mind:
“I don’t second-guess; I try to [...]

RIP, Chilukki

There is sad news away from the Triple Crown trail this week; champion mare Chilukki has died from foaling complications (and her Ghostzapper foal did not make it either). She was buried intact at Stonerside Stables — quite an honor for any horse, but especially a mare. In addition to winners Chubasco Cat [...]

Jinx-Be-Gone!

Fantastic efforts by both Street Sense and Hard Spun, but the day certainly belonged to Street Sense, Calvin Borel and the Churchill Downs rail. Big props to Hard Spun for hanging on for a well-deserved second – he really stepped up just when he needed to, he had the misfortune to be born the [...]

Derby 2007: On the Record

Finally, I’ve made some actual decisions about the Derby (with full notes on the complete field here):

Total investment: $27How: $21 in advance wagering, $6 in future wagersSelections: A bunch of exacta boxes featuring various combinations of Nobiz Like Shobiz, Any Given Saturday, Street Sense, Circular Quay*, Great Hunter and Hard SpunFuture wager picks: Great Hunter, [...]

Green With Envy?

There is a wonderful summing-up of what $16 million could buy you in terms of Derby horses on ESPN.com; among the highlights:

All 20 of this year’s Kentucky starters would cost much, much less. Based on actual auction prices and estimates on the homebreds, maybe about 13 million give or take a few bags of feed.
The [...]