10/29/2009 11:59AM

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Take another look at the pre-entries for the 14 Breeders' Cup races. Now go ahead...tell me this can't happen:

Breeders' Cup Marathon -- Mastery (Godolphin)

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf -- Lillie Langtry (Coolmore)

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint -- Ventura (Juddmonte)

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf -- Midday (Juddmonte)

Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic -- Music Note (Godolphin)

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf -- Viscount Nelson (Coolmore)

Breeders' Cup Mile -- Girolamo (Godolphin)

Breeders' Cup Juvenile -- Beethoven (Coolmore)

Breeders' Cup Mile -- Zacinto (Juddmonte)

Breeders' Cup Sprint -- Gayego (Godolphin)

Breeders' Cup Turf -- Spanish Moon (Juddmonte)

Breeders' Cup Classic -- Rip Van Winkle (Coolmore)

...leaving the Juvenile Fillies and the Turf Sprint for the rest of the planet, only because the world's three deepest stables neglected to enter anything. Me, I'm rooting for the little guy. Any little guy.

gene hartis More than 1 year ago
Dear C: last year's classic had 1st and 2st euro turf horses. Your distinction are meaningless, its like saying greatest left handed quarterback versus right handed. Drop back versus from shotgun. Artificial turf vs grass. Domed versus open stadium. Best is best. Winner of 2009 Classic is best at distance on the surface featured, in 2009. Since RA chose not to participate, best is not her. Tiger Woods is skipping Open in 2010 because he doesn't like the course!
gene hartis More than 1 year ago
Dear C: It is normal for a three year old to have early races as a three year old. There are fewer races for older Grade I winners early in the year. (Check the graded stakes sched) Why would owners race Z in an early Grade 3 with lower purse for an established Grade I filly? Your comment about five races versus May start is meaningless.
gene hartis More than 1 year ago
Darrell: Wal-mart, cheap claimers?? Were you addressing anyone in particular, or just making a general comment?
C More than 1 year ago
"And if she wins the Classic how many grade 1 winners are there in it" Awesome Gem: none Bullsbay: 1 on dirt Colonel John: 1 on ProRide, 1 on dirt Einstein: 4 on turf, 1 on ProRide Gio Ponti: 4 on turf Mastercraftsman: 4 on turf Mine That Bird: 1 on dirt Quality Road: 1 on dirt Regal Ransom: none Richard's Kid: 1 on PolyTrack Rip Van Winkle: 2 on turf Summer Bird: 3 on dirt Twice Over: 1 on turf Girolamo: none Chocolate Candy: none Total G1s (all eligible): Turf: 15 Dirt: 7 PolyTrack: 1 ProRide: 2 Is this the Breeders Cup Turf or Classic? When has a Classic field ever shaped up like this? Summer Bird is the only multiple G1-winner on DIRT. Einstein and Colonel John are the only other G1 winners at SA's ProRide. Not taking anything away from Zenyatta, but I can certainly understand why voters have a difficult time evaluating what such a race means in relation to dirt. She's mainly facing turf horses here on a surface which (a) they have never raced over and (b) she's 1 of only 3 G1 winners on. What conclusion are we supposed to draw from this? I have no idea and I imagine the voters don't either. "Sorry but a year is a year not a few months." Excuse me, but Zenyatta's seasonal debut was on May 23. RA already had 5 races, including 2 G1s and 2 G2s by then. This will only be Zenyatta's 5th race this year. RA had 8. If you count the months, RA raced 6, Zenyatta will have 5+.
binky mcfadden More than 1 year ago
Dear King Darrell: Are there enough kings to support an industry that has been in steady decline for years? Racing should embrace Walmart shoppers and others, whether they own a claimer or no horse at all. (The financially successful NFL is happy to have them as fans). Instead the BC and similar organizations are busy embracing each other. I do appreciate what the Arab factions have brought to racing. Their deep pockets have temporarily rescued it from the good old boy network that has long been running racing into oblivion at a rapid pace. Have to make a trip to Walmart now. How is your other brother, Darrell?
C More than 1 year ago
To Ann: Suppose Zenyatta wins the Classic over a surface she's already proven on (perfectly plausible), but Gio Ponti and the "Euros" fail to handle the track and get completely crushed. Suppose they finish 9th, 10th, and 12th by 20+ lengths. What will that result mean? What kind of accomplishment is beating Gio Ponti (who may be past his peak this year anyway) on a non-turf surface? I really don't know the answer to that.
Matt More than 1 year ago
Foreign horses have not done very well in California Breeders Cup races.
gene hartis More than 1 year ago
Maybe something to do with entry fees running from $30k to $150k. More if not pre-nominated. BC never for "average" fan or owner. Everything from promotion (lack of), ticket prices, schedule and venue set up by insiders for insiders. Dubai and HK pay expenses to get top runners in big races. No entry fee to run in multi-million races there. My wife would not send her filly to BC if it were free.
yuwipi More than 1 year ago
Heck, I'm waiting for a post BC announcement that the blue boys have infiltrated enough of their rubber stamps onto the BC board to enable them to purchase the Breeders Cup concept lock stock and barrel in perpetuity. Beginning in 2010 they'll run it at Meydan, stipulating that half of all fields must be comprised of horses owned by some family member of the man with the plan. On the other hand, they could take a day long beating and buy every horse that wins. The Breeders Cup, it's turned into the royal families of Europe in the "Guns of August."
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
Don't forget Zenyata. But are the moss's the little Guy?