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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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Early Derby Preps & Comebacks

There’s local interest in this weekend’s Derby preps (and yes, we’re officially at that point where just about any race for 3-year-olds can be called a Derby prep) thanks to a horse owned by Rick Porter and trained by Tony Dutrow (aka ‘the Dutrow we like’).  Winslow Homer is running in the Holy Bull at [...]

Einstein, Zenyatta et al.

If you go by Google News, you may think the only races taking place this weekend are the Arlington Million and the Clement Hirsch – but there’s a lot more going on beyond those two (and I think you’d be hard-pressed to support the notion that anyone beyond the usual suspects would be watching the [...]

A Lot Happened

It’s been a busy few days in the racing world.

Rachel Alexandra’s triumphant Haskell performance was quickly followed Monday by Quality Road returning to the track in record-breaking form – perhaps she does have some 3-year-old competition after all. We’ll focus on those a bit more in a moment, but first, let’s do a quick [...]

Some Things You Need To See In Person

With so much high-quality racing on tap for this weekend, one would think that ESPN and/or ABC could make room in their busy schedule for at least Rachel Alexandra’s appearance in the Haskell, but apparently they are more fully committed to their broadcast of the X Games, some sort of NASCAR event, a relatively minor [...]

Both Sides Now

I get it, I really do – after the debacle with Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup, I can see why Jess Jackson doesn’t want to bring Rachel Alexandra to the Breeders’ Cup this year. But two facts don’t quite fit in with his firm anti-’plastic surfaces’ viewpoint. The first is that Curlin always [...]

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 [...]

‘Jockeys’ – UAE Style

Beyond Well Armed’s record-breaking winning margin in the main race, the other big story from Dubai World Cup day was that of young local jockey Ahmed Ajtebi who won the Dubai Duty Free with longshot Gladiatorus and followed up with Eastern Anthem’s narrow victory in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

While much has [...]

The Comeback Kid

From trainer Eoin Harty:

“This horse (Well Armed) chipped a bone in the UAE Derby and then he fractured his pelvis and the vets wanted to put him down. Two years on he’s won the richest race in the world.”

A fourteen-length victory in the Dubai World Cup is a nice way to repay your connections’ faith [...]

Fantasy Horse Racing?

I enjoyed Joe Drape’s column in the Times regarding the ongoing medication and safety issues in American racing and would love to see some of these ideas taken much further. However, I do wonder about his suggestion that should British-based Mafaaz win the Derby on hay, oats and water we’d see a collective return [...]

Breeders’ Cup: What’s Next?

With the 2008 Breeders’ Cup in the books, the focus shifts almost immediately to next year. Who will be retired? Who is coming back? What are they aiming for? We know the answers for a number of the winners (and contenders) already, but the list is far from complete. In [...]