10/17/2007 6:46PM

Globetrotter's Raw Deal


Half of each Breeders' Cup field is supposed to be determined by WAYI berths and graded stakes points. In the case of the new Juvenile Turf, the criteria might as well have been the number of unicorn horns on each colt's forehead: There wasn't a single Win-And-You're-In prep, and there hasn't been a single U.S. graded stakes race for 2-year-olds on the grass this year.

All of which makes the exclusion of Globetrotter from the body of the race, and his relegation to the #3 spot on the AE list, look like a whopper of a bad decision by the BC Selection Committee. Globetrotter, a 2-year-old Street Cry colt owned by Earle Mack and trained by Graham Motion, is 2 for 2 and won the Grey Stakes at Woodbine, a Group 3 race under Canada's conservative grading system, in his second start. His earnings of $182,775 are the fourth highest among the 23 pre-entrants for the race and he is one of only five entrants with a graded or group stakes victory of any kind.

Yet he has been ranked 15th in a field that will be limited to 12.

The fact that there is not a single graded stakes on grass in the United States before the BC Juvenile Turf is one reason why the Breeders' Cup overstepped, and was properly rebuffed by the American Graded Stakes Committee, when it demanded the race be given Grade 1 status for its inaugural running. It's also one reason that Globetrotter, like race favorite Prussian, was sent to Canada to win a graded/group stakes. So he wins it, but then is ranked below five horses who have won nothing more than a maiden race.

Six of the 12 Juvenile Turf berths were supposed to go to either WAYI winners or graded-stakes points leaders. But there were no WAYI slots, and the only way to earn graded-stakes points was to run in main-track races. So a horse such as Preachin Man, who has never tried grass or gone beyond six furlongs, but was second in the Sapling on dirt, automatically got in; but Globetrotter needs three defections to get into a race for which he is eminently qualified. He's even ranked behind Your Round, who finished third in a G3 Canadian race (to Prussian) and then fourth in an ungraded stakes at Keeneland. It ain't right.

Ray Manley More than 1 year ago
When John Gaines came up with the idea for the Breeders Cup races I thought his idea was to help race tracks increase attendance. I believe he was looking to create interest in horse racing and to develop new fans. He was hoping that the person who enjoyed the Breeders Cup races would return to a track the following week or month and become a casual player. In my opinion, the Breeders Cup now has become a cash hog looking for more ways to generate revenue. The attitude is the heck with developing new players. No walk ups allowed on Breeders Cup Day? Ridiculous ticket, parking and concession prices? Shutting out account wagering companies? Poor Mr. Gaines, he had a wonderful idea and somehow this wonderful idea is being run by folks who could care less about helping the game survive and prosper.
Andrew Carpenter More than 1 year ago
If you look at the best last beyers in the BC mile & 70 yards yields Gottcha Gold, Forefathers, Diamond Strips and Xchanger. This tells me that if Discreet Cat nor Corithian/head case doesn't fire, nice price forthcoming.
jhbvta24 More than 1 year ago
What are the odds that Francois Parisel is a completely independent trainer that SnakeJuice has no financial arrangement with? All of SnakeJuice's horses, from various owners, have been transferred to this well-known conditioner on the eve of the Breeder's Cup.
Andrew Carpenter More than 1 year ago
Just handicapped the BC Juvee Turf-I like anyone of the 4 Euros, with three probably running as IBN Khaldrun will probably pass. Prussian can turn out to be a very nice horse, but Dreaming of Anna ran the summer quicker last year with a higher beyer. Cherokee Triangle's last win by 11 and Your Round look like big prices in exotics.
Jeff Moss More than 1 year ago
I think the connections of Globetrotter should have sent Dakota Fanning in front of the Breeders' Cup Selection Committee and had her make an impassioned speech about the horse's qualifications. I have seen that work.
jhbvta24 More than 1 year ago
SC--you make a great point about the exclusion in the BC Juvenile Turf. What's even more amazing are the horse's connections of Mack (four International champions) and Motion (past BC-winning trainer)!!! These aren't some no-name stiffs!!
yuwipi More than 1 year ago
Disgraceful! For a super talented and deadly grass trainer like Graham Motion to be on the outside looking into this race is more proof that bozos have taken over the BC bus. How to you find work like that? Here's hoping for a few defections so the right thing can happen.
Andrew Carpenter More than 1 year ago
I totally agree with your comments on the BC Juvee Turf--I'm not a big fan of the BC folks current handling of no online contracts in place yet which accounted for 12mm in wagers last year. I guess they figure total handle will be up because of the three new races and are willing to bypass this revenue segment. It's to early to tell the final outcome, but I wouldn't be surprised on a complete shutout like Magna on Derby day. PS. Frankel enters Silent Name in mile and he killed me in the mile last year running third.
ralph conte More than 1 year ago
Steve, I should have said when the tide changes the track plays a little different.Sorry about that folks Thanks Ralph from NJ
ralph conte More than 1 year ago
Hi Steve, I'm from NJ and been watching races form Mth for a long time.Mth is a speed track as we know but when the weather changes form the ocean during the cards in the summer it chanses a little. Now that the races will be run in late Oct how do you think this will play out? Since there is no races going on now. There will only be a few before the big races start next weekend. If you have any items please yet me know. Thanks, Ralph