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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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A Few of My Favorite Things

Inspired by the news that a palomino filly would be offered for sale at Keeneland (and she is a nice color, although her family would not inspire awe from a racing perspective), I began looking into the origins of the color in thoroughbreds. But just as I was about to start digging more deeply [...]

Very Efficient Indeed

New Zealand -bred Efficient took home the Melbourne Cup in an upset win; favorites Purple Moon and Mahler rounded out the top three. Efficient is the third Melbourne Cup winner sired by Zabeel. Efficient was a favorite to win last year, but had had such a streak of bad luck [...]

Meanwhile, in the Antipodes…

There have been a number of reports in this hemisphere about Gallic’s victory in the Sydney Cup but few capture the true magnitude of his achievement; the seven-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding’s latest Group I victory comes after his recovery from a series of injuries that often prove career-ending (the bowed tendons) if not life-threatening (the [...]

It's (Mostly) in the Genes

As has been widely noted in the horse racing blogosphere (I am so pleased I got to say that), Ray Paulick has a great editorial on the actions that should be taken in light of the plan produced at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit. The idea of a durability index for [...]