11/13/2013 10:52PM

Breeders' Cup 2013 - a photographic look back


First, my apologies for not posting more blogs recently. The blog system is no longer Mac-friendly. Am working to figure a way around the problem...

As happens every year, the Breeders' Cup provided a wealth of memorable moments and images.  Here's a first of at least two blogs, showing 50 images each, from my time at Santa Anita.  

The European filly DANK, winner of the Filly and Mare Turf, and a lovely backdrop.

Above:  Tap It Rich and Georgie Alvarez

Above:  Wise Dan and a caring hand

Above:  Gary Stevens

Above:  Close Hatches and Leana Willaford

Above and below:  Game On Dude and beautiful morning light

Above/below:  Richard Mandella schooling his champion Beholder.  She won the Distaff.

Above:  Mucho Macho Man and Nick Petro laying it down in their final Breeders' Cup work.  MMM was a popular winner of the Classic.

Above:  Fan favorite Caracortado, a.k.a. Scarface, during the week.  He unfortunately didn't make the starting gate.

Above:  Mizdirection and Mike Smith, who would team for a repeat win in the Turf Sprint.  

Above:  D. Wayne Lukas

Above:  2012 BC Sprint winner Trinniberg and Kevin Krigger

Above: 2yo filly Secret Compass (Dana Barnes) checks out 4yo colt Paynter (Georgie Alvarez)

Above:  You'd be hard-pressed to find a more popular jockey than Mike Smith.

Above:  Point of Entry aims skyward

Above: Goldencents and Jonny Garcia

Above:  Sweet Reason and Leah Gyarmati

Above: Reigning champion - and soon-to-be '13 champion - female sprinter Groupie Doll, with morning partner Jada Schlenk.  Talk about a fan favorite!

Above:  Breeders' Cup Friday scene

Above:  The first Breeders' Cup race, the Marathon, won by London Bridge.

Above:  Champion Royal Delta, a two-time Breeders' Cup winner, the first time past in the Distaff....

...and champion Beholder (above, Gary Stevens up), who now also has two BC scores.  

Above:  Beholder, after her win

Above:  Goldencents, winner of the Mile, with happy connections, including jockey Rafael Bejarano and Doug O'Neill assistant Jack Sisterson

Above:  Trinniberg, after his ninth-place finish in this year's Sprint...

...and Laugh Track, who finished a dirty second in the same race.

Above:  The Juvenile Turf, won by #4 Outstrip.

Above:  Mizdirection and Mike Smith share winning smiles

Above:  Ria Antonia's connections, including Javier Castellano, during the Juvenile Fillies' inquiry...

...and trainer Jeremiah Englehart and friends when the decision was reversed.

Above:  Purple pom-pommed Ria Antonia is cooled down.  (not sure if that's the correct term...pom-pommed) 

Above: Wise Dan was a powerhouse, under Jose Lezcano, first time past in his Mile win

Above:  Wise Dan and Za Approval's hooves, first turn

Above:  Champion Groupie Doll and Rajiv Maragh repeat in the Filly and Mare Sprint.

Above:  Groupie Doll, and petals, after the win.

Above:  Before the Classic, Mucho Macho Man looked cool in the paddock.  Note the Mucho Macho Man sign behind him.

Above/below:  In a thrilling renewal of the Classic, Mucho Macho Man and Gary Stevens hold off Will Take Charge and Declaration of War.  

Above:  A winning smile

Above:  Kathy Ritvo: hard work rewarded.  Congratulations!!!!

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In followup blogs, I will include other winners, participants and scenes....  For those enjoy watching a wonderful race, here's the Classic:


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Condolences to friends and family of one of our sport's all-time great writers, and a very interesting man, Paul Moran, who died Nov. 9 in Saratoga Springs, NY, of cancer.  Here is a very well-done Newsday obituary about Paul:


Here is Paul's final column, written for ESPN and published Oct. 28: