11/05/2010 4:13PM

Breeders' Cup: Should some BC turf distances be changed?


Trainer John Gosden brought up an interesting point this week, in part, one assumes, because Flood Plain, his entrant in the upcoming Juvenile Fillies Turf, drew post 12. Gosden believes that when one-mile Breeders' Cup races are run around two turns, they should actually be contested at one and one-sixteenth miles. Which is a fair point. While the run to the first turn on the Churchill grass course isn't, like, 20 feet or something, it's hard not to believe that horses drawn wide in a 14-horse field aren't at an automatic disadvantage. Changing one-mile races to one and one-sixteenth miles doesn't alter their essential nature: It does, however, keep the outside third of the field from starting at a competitive disadvantage.