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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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Zenyatta, Personal Ensign and Peculiar Preps

The only predictable result all weekend

Given the frankly puzzling results of the previous weekend’s Derby preps, it is much more pleasant to focus on Zenyatta’s latest victory in the Apple Blossom.  Once again, the great mare turned in an effortless performance; the fact that it was her first effort on dirt since she [...]

Bandwagoneering

All aboard? (photo by Barbara D. Livingston)

While Eskendereya’s bandwagon continued to gather passengers with his Wood Memorial victory, Lookin At Lucky hit something of a bump in the road in the Santa Anita Derby – but what both races ‘mean’ is still very much up in the air.

First, we’ll examine the Santa Anita [...]

Quick Hits

Come get some.

We’re rather overcommitted here at Superfecta HQ this week, so updates are short and snappy (in theory).

The Breeders’ Cup is still toying with the asinine idea of holding the event at Santa Anita (or perhaps somewhere else, but they really want Santa Anita) forever and ever, amen. I would probably be [...]

(Don’t) Sweep the Leg

So, it’s official – Rachel Alexandra is in, and has the outside post. I’m viewing this as a positive, given what has happened in the modern era in terms of fillies in the Preakness – for some reason, seems to have been open season on them, far more than it has been on, say, [...]

2009 Kentucky Derby: On the Record

It’s official – I’ve (almost) made some decisions. Without further ado, here is your official Superfecta Kentucky Derby handicapping exercise for 2009 – as ever, with the note that my recent successes with Smarty Jones and Barbaro are tempered by the fact that my last correctly-predicted winner was Winning Colors in 1988. You [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Three Delivery

While on paper this past weekend’s three-year-old races look like perfect examples of budding stars beating up on lesser competition, all three of those winning favorites (or near-favorites) got to face a little adversity – not a bad thing at this point in their respective careers.

Stardom Bound ran her usual come-from-behind race (demonstrating she didn’t [...]

Winning Colors’ Winning Filly

Winning Colors may be gone, but her second-to-last foal won her debut in style at Churchill Downs; her time for the five furlong race is the best of the meet so far. A dark grey filly like her mother (well, like her mother at 2), Ocean Colors is trained by Steve Asmussen. It [...]

Derby Favorites

The first Derby horse I have a clear picture of rooting for was Genuine Risk; when she won, I figured this whole picking winners thing was pretty easy. The next horse I recall backing was Slew O’Gold, who finished 4th in 1983. I was back in form with Swale in 1984 (and was [...]