12/14/2011 4:58PM

2011 Year In Review: Top 10 races

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1.  Delaware Handicap

For the final time, Havre de Grace and Blind Luck engage in one of their patented stretch battles, and Blind Luck emerges by a nose.


 

2.  Santa Anita Handicap

Game On Dude survives an inquiry after he, Setsuko, and Twirling Candy are involved in Demolition Derby-type activities in midstretch.


 

3.  Alabama Stakes

Royal Delta beats a star-studded group of 3-year-old fillies, including Acorn and CCA Oaks winner It’s Tricky and Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty.


 

4.  Kentucky Derby

Animal Kingdom smashes another Derby myth by winning in his first attempt on a dirt surface.

5.  Hollywood Gold Cup

The Dudes run 1-2 as First Dude nips Game On Dude in the shadow of the wire.


 

6.  Breeders’ Cup Mile

Court Vision stuns the world, but Goldikova retains superstar status.


 

7.  Breeders’ Cup Turf

Father and son make headlines when Joseph O’Brien rides St Nicholas Abbey to victory for his dad, Aidan.


 

8.  Dubai World Cup

Japanese horse Victoire Pisa ships to Dubai to take the world’s richest race two weeks after the tsunami tragedy in Japan.


 

9.  King’s Bishop Stakes

Caleb’s Posse runs down Uncle Mo in a thrilling renewal of what is annually the top sprint race for 3-year-olds.

 

10. Mr. Prospector Stakes

Big Drama, the Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion in 2010, returned to the races with a vengeance, winning with a year-best 120 Beyer.