10/27/2007 5:24PM

BC Day 2: The Turf


5:26 pm: He tried and failed in the 2005 and 2006 Breeders' Cup Turfs, but English Channel finally got it done -- and good for him. In an era of foreshortened careers, English Channel completed his fourth season of racing with a Turf victory in his 23rd and final career start as odds-on Dylan Thomas was fifth a very dull effort.

English Channel, a 5-year-old Smart Strike horse owned by James Scatuorchio and trained by Todd Pletcher, sat a perfect trip, a close third at the rail behind a slow pace (1:19 4/5!), then drew off by daylight through the stretch. Shamdinan, the Secretariat winner, held second over two previous winners of the Turf, Red Rocks and Better Talk Now, with Dylan Thomas a floundering fifth on the soft ground.

English Channel ($8.00) was fifth to Shirocco in the 2005 Turf and third to Red rocks and Better Talk Now last year. He won the last two runnings of the United Nations Handicap over the Monmouth turf course, though over much firmer ground. The time for today's mile and a half was 2:36.96.

The exacta with Shamdinan paid $152 and the tri was $565.40. Funny how you can begin the day hoping to be alive to a singled Dylan Thomas in the pick six, and end up rooting for him to lose a photo for fourth so you can maybe get out for the day with superfectas keyed around Shamdinan at 24-1. Won the photo but the super paid a somewhat disappointing $2469.20, though it was probably folly to hope for more in an eight-horse field with the second choice on top.

matt smith More than 1 year ago
what was the deal with the payouts after the cup---it took about an hour until i could cash at the otb
James Mc. More than 1 year ago
Sorry, can't agree with the comments about George Washington. This was not a Rick's Natural Star, Deeds Not Words situation. The horse was, yes, a longshot (I think he went off at 10-1 or so) but it wasn't crazy to think he had some shot in the race. After all, Awesome Gem got third at 30-1. The comments seem to imply that he was hopelessly outclassed or something, that just wasn't the case. I'm sure that the people who won the horse are as upset as anyone tonight.
ralph conte More than 1 year ago
it was a bad day to use the New Jersey Account waging. It was almost impossiable to log on on the biggest day in NJ for wageing. I will never again use there service. You think that they would have this worked out on a day like this.
Gareth Flynn More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree less. Racehorses are for racing. No one gave Arcangues a chance, and George was a far better horse than Arcangues was. I didn't think George had a hope today but I thought connections were to be congratulated for giving it a go. That they've been punished in such a way is sad.
TomMcHawk More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more Annie. When I looked at this horse in the form I thought to myself, what in the world is he doing in this race?
dale tillotson More than 1 year ago
Great blog job Steve. Here are my gradings for ESPN announcers. A= good job a-- = acceptable job b= invite them back next year and hope for improvement c= Join them in the bar and dont listen to them. Trevor Denman- after last years stutter step start he regained stride this year to get a A--. One suggestion for trevor is to stop by the big A on his way home and have durkin give him a lesson in race fractions. Moss, Pincay no. 3 ,Edwards, Bailey, and Bredar= a--. The rest led by golberg get the bar rating.
Annie More than 1 year ago
The George Washington tragedy makes me so angry. Here's a horse that made almost a million and a half dollars for them and when he failed at stud they send him over here to try to do something that's impossible for him to do, even though he could do so many other things. Well, now they'll get the insurance on a failed stud and the poor creature is dead.