The Juvenile Fillies was supposed to be one of the most
competitive of the Breeders Cup events. You had several talented individuals
all lining up, rousing intense anticipation from racing fans across the
country. But after the gates opened through the moment they crossed the finish,
the race was marred.
She’s a Tiger
put on a brilliant display of speed, opening
up on Artemis Agrotera
, taking the race to the rest of the speed from the word
go. She set blistering splits, and as they turned for home a Calvary charge led
by Ria Antonia
came to hand. Sweet Reason
were closing stoutly on
the inside, but She’s a Tiger found another gear and held on bravely.
Sweet Reason flattened out, Rosalind ran out of time, but
Ria Antonia was breathing down the favorite’s throat. She’s a Tiger drifted out,
making marginal contact with Ria Antonia. When the crossed the line it was She’s
a Tiger on top, but it wasn’t long before the inquiry sign lit up the board.
Several minutes later, it was announce that She’s a Tiger
was Disqualified and placed second.
My initial reaction off the events of the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies….The California Stewards, yet again, display their
incompetence on the big stage. The contact was marginal at best, and had the
race been run 10 more times at the same distance, She’s a Tiger still wins.
Secondly, the track maintenance has failed immensely. The track is clearly
unsafe and now has cost a promising young filly, with her whole career ahead,
It was a brilliant race. A brave race. An exciting race. But
I can’t help but feel put out as the day progresses. Hopefully the rest of the
runners experience much safer trips.