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Zarkava | 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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Odds and Ends

Controversial Aussie jockey Chris Munce officially made his comeback, riding two winners, but the Hong Kong Jockey Club is still aiming to keep him grounded (even in Australia) until next September, as per their ban. Dan Liebman argues in The Blood-Horse that he should not have been allowed to ride (and I agree). [...]

Remember the Mares

It’s a Distaff sort of day today; Zarkava took home the Cartier Award for Horse of the Year, Zenyatta has her own hat and there is the troubling news that Sunline is fighting laminitis.

First, let’s look more closely at the good news — Zarkava’s flawless season was rewarded by Cartier voters who [...]

Get Your Vote On

Hey, American readers – are missing out on that voting feeling now that the presidential election is over? Well, never fear, horse racing has come to the rescue. It seems that you, too, can vote for your favorite European race horses for the Cartier Awards. As with any absentee ballot, it’s difficult [...]

Speaking of Retirements…

Here’s one you really knew was coming: Big Brown. From the Blood-Horse:

“Big Brown has been retired,” said Michael Iavarone, co-owner of IEAH Stables. “He not only tore the bulb off his foot, but half the foot was torn off. We did everything we could to get to the Breeders’ Cup. It’s devastating. And what [...]

As Per Usual…


Yes, we suspected it was coming, but the news is official now; Zarkava has been retired. There are plenty of less-than-pleased fans on the BBC’s 606 site and I freely admit I’m on the ‘annoyed’ side.

There’s no question Zarkava has little left to prove in terms of demonstrating her class (unbeaten in seven starts, [...]

Classic Considerations

We are at that peculiar point a few weeks out from the Breeders’ Cup where things get a bit odd, particularly with regard to the field for the Classic. Duke of Marmalade and Soldier of Fortune, both fresh from being crushed by Zarkava in the Arc, are still under consideration for the Ballydoyle folk, [...]

What Greatness Looks Like

Unless something spectacular beyond belief happens at this year’s Breeders’ Cup, we’ve already seen the last of the best horse of the year – possibly the best horse for generations – for this season. Zarkava’s brilliance seems to know no bounds; she took on the world’s best and waltzed past them as if it [...]

Arc Preview

Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe may well be the most talented group of horses to face off at any point this year. Just the showdown between Duke of Marmalade and Zarkava should be enough to get anyone excited about the race, but with Soldier of Fortune and Youmzain (last year’s runner-up behind Dylan [...]

Tuesday Metapost

I spent much of Saturday glued to TVG (now a TBA sponsor) since the Powers That Be did not see fit to otherwise televise more than one of the eleven G1 races featured this weekend between Belmont and Santa Anita (not to mention the overseas races). Before the star performances, however, there were a [...]


From the (welcome) coverage it is receiving, it might seem that Curlin’s Jockey Club Gold Cup bid is the only race taking place this weekend when in fact it’s ridiculously busy (rather like my entire week this week).

Perhaps the most competitive race this weekend will be the Beldame; while Ginger Punch [...]