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Yeats | Superfectablog v3.0 - Part 2

Racehorses in History

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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Busy Ballydoyle

Things are a bit quiet Stateside, but there’s been a flurry of activity for Ballydoyle in the past week. First, it was announced that the British Horseracing Authority was going to investigate a charge of team tactics (as discussed here last week) over the way the Juddmonte International was ridden, with Red Rock Canyon [...]

Battleship Ballydoyle

The Ballydoyle juggernaut rolls on; Yeats cruised to victory in the Goodwood Cup (becoming a millionaire in the process — obviously, given the current exchange rate, he’s practically off the charts in dollars).

Former Horse of the Year Sergeant Cecil finished last in the race and, like Lava Man [...]

King Henry

Check off another box for Henrythenavigator: running against older horses? No problem. Granted, there were only two four-year-olds in the Sussex Stakes field and they were well-beaten, but it’s another milestone for the colt. Raven’s Pass, an American-bred Elusive Quality colt (who has now finished behind Henrythenavigator three times), did press him at the [...]

Horses Americans Should Know IV: Yeats

We don’t breed many horses like Yeats in North America; while his sire, Sadler’s Wells, has plenty of familiar Northern Dancer blood, his dam, Lyndonville, is entirely European. Yeats also has a half-brother, Tsukuba Symphony, who won over $2 million in Japan and is now at stud there, and another Group-winning half-brother named Solskjaer [...]

Royal Ascot: Tying Up Loose Ends

Kingsgate Native (pictured) sprinted home to take the Golden Jubilee at a price on Saturday (although he was duly noted as a real threat here) and is pointed toward the July Cup at Newmarket and then a defense of his Nunthorpe victory. He was the only British-trained horse to win a Group 1 race [...]

Yeats and Debates

The biggest story of the day from Royal Ascot is that Yeats did, indeed, win the Gold Cup for the third year running. He is only the second horse to achieve this milestone — the other, Sagaro, ran in the 1970s. Yeats is also the first 7-year-old to win the race since 1993, [...]

Royal Ascot: More Coolmore Success

Today’s racing from Royal Ascot opened with the Jersey Stakes; Aqlaam picked up his third win for the year in his fourth lifetime start in the 7 furlong race for 3-year-olds. Although he is by the sprinter Oasis Dream, his dam is a half-sister to Persian Punch, two-time winner of the Melbourne Cup, so we [...]