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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 Preview I: The Gotham

With so much good racing (and, if you’re here in Philadelphia, beer) on tap this weekend, we’ve had to split the weekend preview into two segments. Today, we’ll look at the east coast – Saturday’s Gotham Stakes should be quite interesting. Axel Foley and I Want Revenge are both coming in from California; so [...]

Yes, He Can!

On occasion, I like horses to prove me wrong. Colonel John did just that in the Travers, demonstrating that not only could he run on a conventional dirt track, he could do so after a tough stretch run and against a determined competitor. I wish the finish had been a micron closer, however, because [...]

Bookends

While the Travers and the Pacific Classic mean that the weekend (and the country) will be bookended with G1 races, let’s not overlook Wait a While’s second win in the Ballston Spa yesterday. The victory, her 11th win in 22 starts, makes her look positively old-school compared to the boys now running on dirt.

The [...]

Saratoga Showers

While she obviously didn’t like the slop at Saratoga the other day (finishing last after tying up in the Schuylerville, which was won by Jardin), Ocean Colors is still very much on my ‘watch’ list. Bill Finley’s article on her prior to the race is well worth checking out; here’s hoping for a more [...]

A Great (Secret) Weekend of Racing

There is a great weekend of racing to look forward to – it’s a shame it’s going to be hidden away on HRTV and TVG. Check out today’s Green but Game for a fantastic open letter to the NTRA on this very topic; she is spot on!

Here’s what anyone who does [...]

Derby Day Dawns…

…and I’m back in business (after a sojourn to DC that involved some work at Archives II, Pizzeria Paradsio, catching the Oaks on TV at a bar, Crowded House and some early trains). I’m catching up on everything happened yesterday and was obviously disturbed to hear about Chelokee’s breakdown; it sounds like the outlook [...]

Kentucky Derby 2008: On the Record

With the Derby post positions announced (and the Kentucky Derby odds beginning to move), it’s time to go on the record. I’ve been poring over the DRF’s PPs for the Derby; I like the Moss Pace Figures version. Here are my conclusions about the field:

1) Cool Coal Man – Nice pedigree and he could [...]

Derby Post Position Draw – First Reaction

Some initial post position draw thoughts:

1) LeRoy Neiman and Todd Pletcher, together at last!2) The ‘homemade’ signs – how authentic!3) Nice to see Visionaire in post 8.4) Big Brown in 20 – no thanks.5) The wind! The wind hates the draw!6) I’m liking the middle of the pack a lot.7) Big Truck is a [...]

Derby Data

Until tomorrow afternoon’s post position draw, the only Derby trail action is analyzing (and overanalyzing) the contenders’ works and every possible bit of data available, no matter how tangential.

To that end, I always look forward to playing with the C-J Derby Data Track (and was pleased to discover its origins [...]

The Superfecta Derby Top Ten

Here is this week’s Superfecta Derby Top Ten; I’ve limited myself to horses in the top 20 on graded earnings or at least very close on the bubble (and presuming — hopefully rightly — that the talented Salute the Sarge is headed straight to the Preakness):

Big Brown – I don’t like the hype or the [...]