Saturday, November 5, 2011

Breeders’ Cup Saturday Previews and More

What an exciting (albeit rather chalky) day Friday was at the Breeders’ Cup! Beginning with a dynamic late run from the sole filly entrant Shumoos nearly catching heavily-favored Secret Circle in the Juvenile Sprint and ending with trainer Bill Mott repeating last year’s victory in the Ladies’ Classic, this time with Royal Delta…the Breeders’ Cup races provided just the right balance of winning favorites and heart-winning upsets. Here’s what our member blogs are talking about in advance of today’s races:

  • Valerie Grash (Foolish Pleasure), Ted Grevelis (Owning Racehorses) and Chris Hernandez (Giving My Ten Cents) make some bold predictions for Breeders’ Cup Saturday.
  • Gene Kershner (EquiSpace) wraps up his Breeders’ Cup experience on Friday in photos.
  • European-based trainer Gina Rarick (Gallop France) casts a rather critical eye on the events of Breeders’ Cup Friday, including the post-parade scratching of Announce in the F&M Turf and Shotgun Gulch in the F&M Sprint.
  • She also wrote an interesting post over at the New York Times’ blog The Rail—both Arc winner Danedream and Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden were bargain yearling purchases. Don’t discount “cheap” horses in big-time races like the Breeders’ Cup! Case in point: Breeders’ Cup F&M Sprint winner Musical Romance who was purchased for a mere $22k.
  • Frank Mitchell (Bloodstock in the Bluegrass) talks about Street Sense’s first stakes winner, Motor City.
  • Alastair Middleton (Horse Racing in Korea) reports on a smart juvenile Trophy Cup winner tackling older horses going nine furlongs—and winning by 11 lengths! His sire: Smarty Jones.
[After this blitzkrieg that is the Breeders’ Cup, we’re all going to need that extra hour of sleep tonight.]

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