Fairy Chant

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Fairy Chant
Sire Chance Shot
Grandsire Fair Play
Dam Star Fairy
Damsire The Satrap
Sex Filly
Foaled 1937
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder William duPont, Jr.
Owner Foxcatcher Farm
Trainer Richard E. Handlen
Record 42: 10-8-8
Earnings US$100,0000
Major wins
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1940)
Everglades Stakes (1940)
Gazelle Stakes (1940)
Beldame Stakes (1940, 1941)
Pimlico Oaks (1940)
Santa Margarita Handicap (1940)
American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1940)
American Champion Older Female Horse (1941)

Fairy Chant (foaled 1937 in Kentucky) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. Her sire was the 1927 Belmont Stakes winner Chance Shot, a son of three-time Leading sire in North America Fair Play. Her dam was Star Fairy, a daughter of The Satrap, the 1926 English Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse who was a son of the great The Tetrarch.

Racing career[edit]

Fairy Chant was bred by William du Pont, Jr., and raced under the banner of his Foxcatcher Farm for trainer, Richard E. Handlen. She was so impressive in her early career that her connections; trainer Richard E. Handlen and owners at Foxcatcher Farm decided to take a shot at the de facto second jewel of the filly Triple Crown. In fact, Fairy Chant may be best remembered from her stirring win in the $20,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (then called the Pimlico Oaks) on Friday, May 10, 1940. In that race she took on a field of nine of the best fillies that the country had to offer and beat two stakes winners in True Call and Discerning. That day she won in a final time of 1:49-4/5 for the mile and a sixteenth over dirt with jockey Ralph Neves in the irons. Her performances on the track earned her Champion honors in 1940 and 1941. She finished in-the-money an incredible 62% of the time earning a win, place or show check in 26 of 42 career races.

As a broodmare, her best known runner was the multiple stakes winner, Chevation.