Earlier, I reviewed the first day of the two day Breeder’s Cup Championship. I hope my readers enjoyed it. Today was the second day, and it would end with the grand finale, the Breeder’s Cup Classic. There was a lot of potential history that was expecting to be made. Some history was made. There was even some controversy. In this blog, I once again will be reviewing the races, and such as I did in the first one. However, as the broadcast did pretty much the same syrupy sweet broadcast as the first day, I will not bother reviewing as I already have done so, and will just review the races as there is plenty to talk about. Enjoy.
Breeder’s Cup Marathon – Yes, the long shots are starting to come in again. Long shot Afleet Again at 41-1 odds with Cornelio Velasquez trained by Butch Reid came off the pace, and won. Unlike last year when Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano turned into Ali and Frazier, no fights broke out between the jockeys after the race. Unfortunately, a couple of horses were eased up. A U Miner suffered broken sesimoids and will have surgery tomorrow. The race itself was ok. Rate **
BC Sprint – Amazombie, ridden by Mike Smith. and trained by his co-owner Bill Spawr. Good head and head battle with second place finisher, Force Freeze. Pretty good race. What is even better is the story behind the winner. A friend of the co owner, Bill Spawr wanted to sell a horse, and Spawr said that he had enough, but the friend needed to sell the horse. Spawr agreed to buy the horse (which had a 1 and 23 record), but the friend threw in Amazombie so Spawr got two horses for the agreed price of 5 grand instead of one, and that is all she wrote. What is great about the sport is hearing about the stories behind the horses and their connections. Rating: ** 1/2
BC Turf Sprint – Favored Regally Ready with Corey Nakatani, and trained by Steve Assmussen in the irons lead from start to finish. Nothing special. Rating: *
Dirt Mile – Caleb’s Posse trained by Donnie Von Kemel, and ridden by Rajiv Maraj won the Dirt Mile in a thrilling come from behind performance.The Factor, named for Bill O’Reilly’s show, went out for the lead, but faded when challenged by 2011 Preakness winner Shakleford. In the stretch, it looked like Shackleford was home free when Caleb’s Posse came down the stretch and ran him down. Very thrilling race. Rating ***
Breeder’s Cup Turf – St. Nicholas Abbey, ridden by Joseph O’Brien , and trained by Aidan O’Brien won the Breeder’s Cup Turf I thought the story and the history behind this race was better than the race. This was the first time in a Breeder’s Cup race where the winning trainer and jockey were father and son. The jockey, Joseph is 5 ‘ 11 ” so he won’t be able to ride much longer as well. The race itself was pretty decent. Rating: ** 1/2 stars
BC Juvenile – Hansen, ridden by Ramon Dominguez and trained by Michael Maker went gate to wire upsetting the then unbeaten even money favorite, Union Rags. Union Rags, who was carried wide the entire race made a last minute bid, but due to fatigue, he bore out to the right. Despite the loss, Union Rags is still considered the favorite for the Kentucky Derby to be run in May, 2012. The race was very exciting, especially down the stretch. Rating: ***
Breeder’s Cup: Mile – Well, this was the race where people were expecting history to be made. Would the French filly , Goldikova win her fourth BC Mile in a row? ESPN’s Randy Moss and the gang had to hype the possibility like crazy, and all. Well, unfortunately, there was a horse that had to play party pooper. Court Vision at 64 to 1 odds trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Robbie Alvarado won in a close photo with Tellulure in a thriller with some controversy ending favorite Goldikova’s bid to win her fourth Mile in a row. Goldi wound up 3rd. Gio Ponti, in his last race, thanks to a bad ride by Ramon Dominguez who had the horse in the back, down by the hedges, finished fourth. Unfortunately, Gio Ponti was screwed out of being placed third when there was an objection raised against Goldikova by the jockey of Courageous Cat that was eventually disallowed by the stewards. If you watch the top of the stretch in a head on shot, you can plainly see , Goldikova bears to the right and fouls “Cat.” Oh well. I wonder if Ed Hochuli was one of the stewards. It was quite obvious that Goldikova fouled “Cat.” I think they didn’t take her number down because of who she is. The race was a very exciting race despite the bumper cars. Rating: *** 1/2
BC Classic – Well, here was the the main event. This is the race that is supposed to decide Horse of the Year. There also were a couple of chances for historical moments to be made. Chantal Sutherland had a chance to be the first woman jockey to win a Breeder’s Cup race as jockey of Game on Dude, trained by Bob Baffert. Filly Harve de Grace had a chance to be the second female equine runner to win the Breeder’s Cup Classic since Zenyatta did it in 2009. Uncle Mo, the early KY Derby favorite before becoming ill, had a chance at redemption. Mo’s owner , Mike Repole is from New York, and a very successful businessman, and does rub people the wrong way as he is very loud and brash.
Well, as they say in the movie industry, that’s a wrap. The big question is “Who is horse of the year?” It is wide open. That is for sure. Should be interesting. I hope you enjoyed the blog.
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