The 2012 Breeder’s Cup is in the books. Day 2 has finished, and once again, it was a beautiful day in Southern California. Santa Anita racetrack looked amazing. The whole day featured upsets, favorites, and one horse who at least in my opinion, stamped himself as Horse of the Year. It also featured a huge exclamation point on a very disappointing and difficult year for trainer Bob Baffert.
Well, just like my review of Day One, I will do the same with Day Two. I will list the winners, and then give a review of the day by discussing the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Finally, I will give out my C’Mon Man to an item on the day that I thought was just obnoxious or just plain ridiculous. After that, I will go over the aftermath of the two day event.
BC Juvenile Turf: George Vancouver
BC Fillies & Mare Sprint: Groupie Doll
BC Dirt Mile: Tapizar
BC Turf Sprint: Mizdirection
Grey Goose Juvenile: Shanghai Bobby
BC Turf: Little Mike
BC Mile: Wise Dan
BC Classic: Fort Larned
Little Mike’s winning the Breeder’s Cup Turf was awesome. He is such a neat horse. He is a past winner of the famed Arlington Million. Usually, the Cup’s turf races are won by the European horses, but it was the American Little Mike, and the second place finisher, Point of Entry doing it for the USA.
In past blogs, I have not been afraid of complaining about ESPN. That being said, I did like Jim Rome when he was on there. I was so happy for him to see a horse he co-owns win in the Breeder’s Cup. Even when he was on ESPN, he would talk about Mizdirection. Glad she beat the boys after that long layoff.
Wise Dan’s performance in the Mile was awesome. He just went when it was time to go. I love this horse so much. I am pretty sure he stamped himself as the leading candidate for Horse of the Year.
I love this cute horse named Shackleford. He has quite a following. There was a great piece on Shackleford having a “Meet Shackleford Day” at his stall at Santa Anita. Anyway, it was so heartbreaking to see him stumble out of the gate in the Dirt Mile. He lost all chance. My heart broke.
Breaking poorly, and also losing not only his chance at winning the Classic, but Horse of the Year , was Game on Dude. That was awful. My heart just went out to him.
Nothing on the broadcast or on the track was really horrible. What I would put in this category is the reaction to Bob Baffert on twitter. Some people were whining after the Classic was run how Baffert was not gracious , etc. Well, I felt badly for Baffert. Baffert had a massive heart attack in Dubai. He saw Bodemeister get nipped at the wire in both the KY Derby and the Preakness this year. Paynter lost the Belmont in a close one. Paynter, after winning the Haskell, nearly died himself from a bout of colitis, and laminitis. Baffert lost his father about a month ago. Now Game on Dude who had “home field advantage,” and won a lot of his races at Santa Anita, and was nipped at the wire in last year’s edition of the Classic at Churchill Downs by Drosselmeyer, has the worst race ever today.
Bob has had a bit of a rough year. I think fans should cut him some slack.
C’Mon Man goes to:
Now, I love Zenyatta. She was a real gem of a filly/mare. I loved her rock star prancing, and her knowing that she was “Miss Thang.” She really lit it up on the track.
However, the racing media is turning her into Brett Farve, and not in a good way. I mean, we fans all know about the story of Zenyatta. We all know about her winning the Classic in 2009, and her becoming more popular when Blame beat her by a nose. We all know the story about how Mike Smith, with the tears down his face, blamed himself for Zenyatta’s loss.
Do we have to hear it ad nauseum?
I compare her to Brett Farve because when Farve was playing, we all heard the stories about him over and over. He beat his drug addiction. He played his best game when his father died. He shaved his head to support his wife.
See the pattern?
Enough about Zenyatta. I love her, but there is a time when it gets a bit much. The Cup is going to be at Santa Anita next year. Are we going to have to hear the story of Zenyatta again? Enough.
Some of the Eclipse Awards were pretty much decided. I am sure Shanghai Bobby would be the winner of the 2 year old award. I am almost sure that Royal Delta will win an award for Older Female Horse. Of course, I could be wrong.
However, it the Horse of the Year award that is going to be interesting. I am going to guess that the ill-fated Game on Dude, despite the year he has had, is out of contention due to his terrible Classic run. I am going to guess that the nominees for Horse of the Year are as follows: I’ll Have Another, Royal Delta, and Wise Dan. I will address this later when the awards nominees come out later, but this is just a guess on my part.
Has Wise Dan sewn up Horse of the Year? It sounds like he has. We will see in January.
Thanks for reading.
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