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Updated on 11/03/2012 10:29PM
Breeders' Cup 2012: Saturday results, video replays
By DRF Staff
Results, video replays, and recap articles for the Saturday card of the 2012 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.
Photo Gallery: Saturday Breeders' Cup Winners »
|FORT LARNED||Hernandez B.||$20.80||$9.80||$6.80|
|MUCHO MACHO MAN||Smith M.||$6.60||$4.60|
|FLAT OUT||Rosario J.||$5.20|
|Winning Trainer: I. Wilkes Owner: J. Whitham|
Fort Larned led throughout Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, holding off a sustained threat from Mucho Macho Man to win the richest race in the United States. Recap.
Maybe Mrs Baffert should stick to babysitting Bodie, looking sexy for reality show on Bravo called big mouthed trainers wives! Great to watch karma take effect-I am no Chantel fan-but she did a great job with this horse!But Mrs Baffert a lottery winning wife who had no reason to make rider switch got what she deserved! Bye-Bye horse of the year-couldn't have happened to a nicer group!
Groupie Doll had to go wide to close against a speed bias and then sailed away from them. Most dominant winner of the weekend, perhaps. Consider: Shanghai Bobby came back in the stretch, yes, but then the other colt came back on him and was catching him fast. Fort Larned held off Mucho Macho Man, yes, but the extra ground MMM covered was much greater than the margin he lost by, so he actually ran faster than Fort Larned. Little Mike was terrific, but Point of Entry was gaining on him, too. Zagora ran huge, but her main rival was bottled up and would have made it close. Etc., etc. Many great winners, but probably none showed the superiority over their competition that Groupie Doll proved. She should be a nominee for older female of the year, as well as F&M sprint champion.
BC belongs at Churc hil,or Belmont anywhere except that joke of a track S. A the ban on lasiks and Dutrow still training wasn t he banned a year ago??Whats going on with this sport,its now the sport of fools.On a good note glad all the horses and jocks made it ho safe..
Turf track is concrete painted green...the turf sprint went 6 furlongs in 1:05 and change 1:05 !?!!?!
I wiil not wager 1 peny at Santa Anita this winter!! Real racing is in New York.
Another great move by the Santa Anita idiots, lets dump 50 tons of sand onthe track this meet an see what happens!!
Nightmare is all that has to be said about Saturday!!
I'd like to correct that last part. The jockeys are not going to spread the wealth. This BC, on the dirt, was pretty much a race to the 1/4 mile. So I'll have to work in improving my evaluation of the start for this type of bias.
Dirt track was extremely speed favoring. It was all about the start. A bad start, such as experienced by Shackleford and Game On Dude meant that you were out. Let’s look at the position of the race winner at the 1/4 mile for Friday’s dirt races (not counting the Marathon of 1 3/4 miles, where early positioning is less important): out of the five dirt races three winners were in the lead at the 1/4 mile, the others were 2nd (by a head) and 4th (by 1 1/2 length). No winner was behind by more than 1 1/2 lengths at the 1/4 mile… On Saturday, out of seven dirt races, five out of seven winners were within a length of the lead at the 1/4 mile! The two horses that defined the trend were in races 3 and 5, ran at 11:10 AM and 12:36 PM; that is, two successive dirt races, so this could be related to track maintenance for which I have no data. In race 5 Groupie Doll came all the way back from 2 1/4 lengths, and in race 3 Politically Correct came back from a ‘shocking’ 5 lengths behind at the 1/4 mile. For a meet of this magnitude such a bias is disturbing, to say the least. In addition, and this is only a darker possibility, one might wonder if with races this rich the jockeys could decide to spread the wealth. For Friday and Saturday, note the even distribution for races worth 500K or more: Friday: 500K Rajiv Maragh, 500K Aaron Gryder, 1 million Christophe Lemaire, 2 million Garret Gomez, 2 million Javier Castellano, 2 million Mike Smith. Saturday: 1 million Ryan Moore, 1 million Rajiv Maragh, 1 million Corey Nakatani, 1 million Mike Smith, 2 million Rosie Napravnik, 3 million Ramon Dominguez, 1.5 million Willy Martinez, 2 million John Velazquez, 5 million Brian Hernandez Jr. Is there a relationship between the early positioning of the winners and this type of distribution among jockeys? I don’t know. But I wouldn’t discard the possibility either. It sure seemed that the handicappers were unusually off for this meet.
WISE DAN IS A MONSTER AT HIS DISTANCE AND GIVE SOME CREDIT TO ANIMAL KINGDOM FOR FLYING THROUGH THE STRETCH TO GRAB SECOND MONEY!!JOHNNY V AND RAFAEL BEJARANO EXACTA A GREAT PLAY TODAY.THANK YOU!!
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