This weekend, November 1st and 2nd, the grand sport of Thoroughbred racing crowns its divisional champions at Santa Anita Racecourse in its annual event, the Breeders’ Cup. The Boston Red Sox just won MLB’s World Series for 2013. Well, the Breeders’ Cup is horse racing’s “World Series,” if you will. It is a wonderful, 13 race event spread over two days to see which horse will likely be crowned the best horse in his or her category.
[adinserter block=”1″]As I said, this year, and next year, the Breeders’ Cup will be in Southern California. To be honest, I am really disappointed. In its inception in 1984, the idea of the Cup was that it was supposed to go from one track to another. I really don’t know why all of a sudden, the event has gone back and forth between Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY and Santa Anita. Now, since 2012, the event has been held at Santa Anita.
Not everyone can afford a trip out there, and I honestly think it is awful. Last year, it was ridiculous seeing all the horses who liked that speed bias win. I do wonder if the track is going to be “souped up” this year.
Anyway, my task at hand is to give my opinion on who I think will be winning the races. I wait for this event like Christmas. I love the sport, and I try to put a good spin on it. What I will do is give you a link to the fields for all of the races on both days, and the morning line odds.
Please keep in mind that this blog will be split in two parts. Today’s blog will be about Day 1, on November 1, 2013. Part 2, will be about Day 2, on November 2, 2013. The races for November 1st will be the Juvenile Turf, Juvenile Fillies Turf, the Dirt Mile, the Marathon, and end with the Distaff. The bulk of the racing will be on Day 2.
In both parts, I am not going to analyze each horse. I am just going to make some general comments about the field in each race, and such. In the past, I was giving a winner. I don’t think I will be doing that. I will just give you my top 3 horses that I think have a shot to either win, hit the board, or for you to use in your exotics, and leave it like that.
Here is that link to the the post positions to all of the races for Breeders’ Cup Weekend. Remember, today’s blog will be about Day 1, on November 1, 2013. Part 2, will be about Day 2, on November 2, 2013.
And…..we’re off. Enjoy the blog, and if you DO bet, please bet with your head, not over it.
The Distaff will be the last race of the day, obviously. It is 1 1/8 miles for a purse of $2,000,000. The race is for 3YO fillies and up. I am really looking forward to this race more than any other, with the exception of the Mile (Turf) and the Classic. I just can’t wait.
This is going to be one of the best races over the two day period. There are races within this race. Horse of the Year may also be up for grabs. Princess of Sylmar recently defeated the grand dame of the field, Royal Delta(who’s going for a three-peat) in the Beldame. The Princess, a 3YO, should she win this, should wrap up 3YO Filly of the year, and maybe Horse of the Year depending on whether Wise Dan and/or Game on Dude flop in their respective Breeders’ Cup races.
Beholder, and Clothes Hatches may hve something to say about this. Close Hatches, a 3YO, has a 1-0 record over the Princess. If “Hatches” wins, she could get the 3YO Filly Eclipse. If Beholder wins, she too could be awarded the 3YO Filly award. Of course, if Royal Delta runs back to her top notch self, I suspect the voters to award Delta Best Older Mare, and then see which 3YO filly finishes ahead of whom. I don’t think much of Street Girl, but Authenticity could surprise.
This should be an awesome race, regardless of outcome.
My Top 3: Royal Delta, Beholder, Princess of Sylmar Longshot/Upset Special: Authenticity
The Dirt Mile is 1 3/4 miles, with a purse of $500,000. I don’t know about you, but if I had to run the longest race of the two day event, I’d want a bit more than half a million, but no matter. Half a million dollars is nothing to sneeze at. This race features the long distance horses. Too bad today’s breeding philosophy is “breed for speed,” and not for distance. We need more distance runners, especially in the US.
I really don’t know what to say here, as for who I like to win this. The only horse I am really familiar with is Blueskiesnrainbows. I looked up some of the other contenders, and I still am not really sure who to go with here. Cease might be able to get the distance. Indian Jones may be a live one. Too bad Colidascopio was injured, and had to retire. I would have definitely picked him for a repeat.
My Top 3: Indian Jones, Pool Play, Worldly
Longshot/Upset Special: Old Time Hockey
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile turf features 2YO males on turf. It is a fairly new addition to the Breeders’ Cup. It’s one of the reason the Cup is done over two days. Call me old fashioned, but I liked it when it was one day. Times are changing, that is for sure. Besides, it is good to feature young turf stars of the future.
I don’t follow a lot of European racing. I probably should. That’s my own fault. Anyway, The horse that appears to be the star of this field is Giovanni Boldini. My motto with these races is, “When in doubt, bet the Aiden O’Brien horses.” I suspect one of the Europeans, or “Euros” as the commentators call them will win this race.
My Top 3: Giovanni Boldini, Bobby’s Kitten, Bashart Longshot/Upset Special: Shamshon(IRE)
The Breeders Cup Dirt Mile for a $1,000,000 purse is a great way of showcasing the horses who not exactly sprinters, but not exactly runners for the Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles either. Before this race was created, the Mile that racing fans were familiar with was the Mile on grass, but I think it is a great idea to have a mile race to showcase those who run on dirt.
Barring a late scratch, I doubt Easter Gift will be in this race. Nevertheless, I don’t think this horse would have won anyway. That being said, there are several horses to pick from that could win this race. Some of course, are more likely to win than others.
I do wonder what Alpha is doing in this race, and not in the Classic. Alpha could win this, though.Goldencents doesn’t really impress me that much. Verrazano is in a good spot. Hymn Book is too inconsistent for me to back him. I like Golden Ticket very much in this race.
My Top 3: Verrazano, Golden Ticket, Pants on Fire
Longshot/Upset Special: Fed Biz
The Juvenile Fillies Turf , at a distance of a mile, for $1,000,000, like the Juvenile Turf, features 2YO Fillies who are potential stars on the turf. Many of the European horses come to compete. I like learning about the turf horses. I hope that with the popularity of now retired Gio Ponti, and reigning Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, maybe turf racing can start to become popular again.
[adinserter block=”2″]Well, for this race, the horse that has gotten the most attention is My Conquestadory. There are some who are not all that impressed with her though. The favorite appears to be Vorda (FR). Vorda is 4 of 5, and is in great shape. Testa Rossi, also from France, is on a four race winning streak. Ireland’s Clenor is unbeaten in California,but her competition may not have lived up to the horses she will face Saturday.
My Top 3: Vorda, My Conquestadory, Chriselliam Longshot/Upset Special: Colonel Joan
Well, my horse racing lovers, and readers, that is my preview for the first day of the Breeders’ Cup for 2013. Tune in tomorrow, when I preview the second day of the Breeders’ Cup.
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