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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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Rachel Alexandra & Zenyatta: From the Horses' Mouths?

Not talking?

So, it’s official – Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta are both in foal.  It’s certainly good news, and I’m glad we’re being kept apprised of their progress through various means.  It’s a step forward – I can’t recall frequent updates on, say, Personal Ensign’s many successful pregnancies – so, from that perspective, it’s encouraging [...]

Zenyatta + Bernardini and Other (Possibly Overlooked) Bloodline News

The lucky stallion

As has been widely reported, Zenyatta has a date with Bernardini.  I had assumed she would go to see his sire, A.P. Indy, but the reasoning behind the match makes perfect sense – Zenyatta has a 2-year-old half-sister by Bernardini called Eblouissante, which helped make his offspring something of a known quantity [...]

Statueque Single Lady Seeks Accomplished Gentleman: Zenyatta's Choice

Snow is not a worry for this California girl

Joe Drape has a nice catch-up article on Zenyatta’s life on the farm, and he zeroes in on the biggest question about the nation’s favorite mare – not whether or not she’ll be Horse of the Year (though we find that out on Monday – check [...]

On Zenyatta's Farewell: Remember the Mares

Despite the delays and the freezing weather, Zenyatta garnered a large crowd to say goodbye; it speaks volumes about her appeal to know that people came to stand in the cold and dark – not to see her race, just to see her, briefly – before she goes to the farm to begin her new [...]

Obligatory Annual Horse of the Year Post

Annual award or longue durée importance?

I know, I know, I’ve said before that Horse of the Year really doesn’t matter – and from an Annales School perspective, that is very much the case. The fact remains that people beyond the core constituency of horse racing insiders and fans will remember Zenyatta – [...]

Breeders' Cup 2010: Parting Thoughts

High point: Goldikova's hat-trick

As we’ve already covered the Friday races, we’ll just reiterate these two points:

Do not cross Calvin Borel.  Do feel free to pitch a reality TV show in which he becomes a boxer or MMA star – it may be wrong, but it would be a guilty pleasure. #jockeyfight

 

Life At Ten: luckily, [...]

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 [...]

Welcome, NY Times Readers!

Greetings, readers of TheRail – thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed the bit on this year’s Breeders’ Cup Marathon.  Here are a few highlights you might enjoy:

Initial thoughts on the Breeders’ Cup pre-entries for Friday and Saturday
Horse racing in folk song – Trad Arr Superfecta parts I and II
A few Halloween-and-horse-related posts [...]

Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries: Saturday Races

Two Triples?

And so, on to the Saturday Breeders’ Cup races – rumors that there are some other horses competing beyond Goldikova and Zenyatta are entirely true.  While the two champion mares are, without question, the stars of the event, each race on the card has something worthwhile going on.

After all, there’s a Kentucky Derby [...]

In Praise of Brass Hat

We here at Superfecta HQ have long been fans of Brass Hat – and that’s not something you can say about many racehorses these days.  His first mention on this site came in June 2006, in the wake of his still-irksome DQ from his gutsy second place finish in the Dubai World Cup.  (In what [...]