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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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On Perfection: Musings on Zenyatta and Goldikova

Zenyatta and Blame, joined in history

Perfection can be a double-edged sword; no one suggests that missing out on maintaining it by inches has in any way tainted Zenyatta’s reputation, but it could be argued that its pursuit has, in some sense, held her back.  While jockey Mike Smith may continue to lament his role [...]

Three-Year-Olds & Thumbs Up

Gaining 100 pounds can be good for some

Road to the Roses kicks off this weekend, and while I have no idea why the Turf Paradise Derby and the El Camino Real Derby are scoring races (although at least the latter is graded),  the rest should be very interesting indeed.

First up is the Hutcheson at [...]

The Good, The Weird and the Very Ugly

Quality Road breaks his own record

With Santa Anita’s card rained out over the weekend, the 3-year-olds in New York received a bit more of the spotlight than they might have under normal circumstances – and normal circumstances were certainly not the order of the day there, either.

What should have been a reasonably straightforward running [...]

Tuesday Metapost

Gabby's Golden Gal

Perhaps the most exciting race of the previous weekend was the Santa Monica – somehow, Gabby’s Golden Gal went off at 11-1 odds.  Granted, she did not show much in her final effort as a 3-year-old (and first race since a disappointing effort in July), finishing a distant seventh behind Evita Argentina [...]

Breeders’ Cup 2009: Turf

#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds

1 Telling, Steve Hobby, J. Castellano, 20-1Sword Dancer winner is competitive with American turf runners, if not often in the winner’s circle.

2 Conduit (IRE), Sir Michael Stoute, R. Moore, 7/5Wins almost every time he does not face Sea the Stars – a worthy returning champion.

3 Red Rocks (IRE), B.J. Meehan, [...]

Breeders’ Cup Musings & Arc Winning Dates

While we are focused on the Breeders’ Cup, across the pond they are already thinking about next year’s 2000 Guineas and the Derby, thanks to St. Nicholas Abbey’s impressive victory in the Racing Post Trophy over the weekend. The 2-year-old Montjeu colt is 3-for-3 so far – if nothing else, he’s already accomplished considerably [...]

Things International and Coastal Girl Power

Much of the news this week seems to carry a bit of an international flavor; there is talk that Wesley Ward’s successes at Royal Ascot will bring more American horses (especially sprinters – Cannonball narrowly missed out on winning the Golden Jubilee). The Guardian put his accomplishments rather quaintly:
A top-class Ascot success for an [...]

A Janus-Like Weekend

The long holiday weekend we’ve just exited was a case study in the highs and lows of the sport. It’s impossible not to be excited by victories like Zenyatta’s in the Milady or old warhorse Brass Hat’s in the Louisville; however, the sobering accident at Arlington involving Rene Douglas was the flip side of [...]

It’s A Family Affair

It’s not a big weekend for the 3-year-olds, but the older horses have plenty going on in California. Champs Elysees is still in the game and he’s taking on his nephew (insofar as we can pretend these terms apply in horse breeding) Zambezi Sun in the San Luis Obispo.

In case you’re wondering how that [...]

Stories of the Year, 2008 Edition

Performance of the Year: Zarkava
Simply the best. Imagine what she could have accomplished at 4 – oh well.

The Reigning Champ: Curlin
An easy Dubai World Cup win, a turf experiment, a broken earnings record – it was great to see him running at four.

Most Underrated Horse Out There: Einstein
Einstein has been forced to carry a [...]