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Zenyatta | 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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Moving Right Along…

You should know who these men are

It may have been a pokey Belmont, but it was nice to see Bill Mott add a Triple Crown win to his resume, and we’ve got summer and fall racing to look forward to.  WinStar farm will have to decide how to manage their two classic winners, Super [...]

Zenyatta, Personal Ensign and Peculiar Preps

The only predictable result all weekend

Given the frankly puzzling results of the previous weekend’s Derby preps, it is much more pleasant to focus on Zenyatta’s latest victory in the Apple Blossom.  Once again, the great mare turned in an effortless performance; the fact that it was her first effort on dirt since she [...]


Mmm, cake and beer

A long post was planned to preview this weekend, but your intrepid author has a smashed and largely useless left hand, so typing is not on the agenda for the next few days.  Instead, here are a few quick lines:

Blue Grass – C’mon, Odysseus!  Check out Hello Race Fans and sign [...]

Will Bambera and Christine Daae Overshadow the Boys?

¡Bienvenida a Florida, Bambera!

This weekend’s Florida Derby looks a little easier with Eskenderya’s removal to the Wood Memorial; in his absence, Rule is the deserving favorite as the only horse in the field with a US graded stakes win.  Handicappers quite rightly don’t like betting horses at such short prices, but they may get [...]

What Failure Really Looks Like

This means you, NTRA

Let’s begin with a basic premise: getting a check for second is not a failure, but a non-working website is.  With that in mind, let’s examine the events of the past weekend. For some reason, American racing at the highest level is hung up on success or ‘failure’ in an individual [...]

And So We Begin…

Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta are both in action on Saturday, which means racing fans will be torn between sheer excitement at seeing them on the track again, and nail-biting concern that the slightest bobble could keep one or both out of their planned showdown in the Apple Blossom next month. Ed DeRosa calms fans’ nerves [...]

An Apéritif

Is another Bickersons triumph in the making?

We’ll save Friday for Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, so let’s take a look at this weekend’s 3-year-old races today.  The Tampa Bay Derby may be one of the most exciting Derby preps so far this season – it features the highly-hyped Super Saver, Uptowncharlybrown and wise-guy horse Odysseus.  [...]

Conspiracies and Countdowns

Game on

Here’s a conspiracy theory for you – while Crisp certainly looked fine in her upset victory in the Santa Anita Oaks, it was a race Blind Luck ‘had to lose’ to stave off Derby fever – hence the change to her usual running style (and the troubled trip overall). An easy victory [...]

Quick Hits

Come get some.

We’re rather overcommitted here at Superfecta HQ this week, so updates are short and snappy (in theory).

The Breeders’ Cup is still toying with the asinine idea of holding the event at Santa Anita (or perhaps somewhere else, but they really want Santa Anita) forever and ever, amen. I would probably be [...]

It’s (Mostly) About the Ladies

Bickersons: because sometimes you don't have time to find an image of Christine Daae

Sure, the Sham is this weekend, but the real race of interest as far as 3-year-olds are concerned is the Davona Dale – who needs colts? Christine Daae, she of the recent bullet-work and considerable buzz (I’m still waiting to [...]