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2013 Breeders’ Cup Scoreboard

 
During the Breeders’ Cup I was tweeting out the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Scoreboard to emphasis the rivalry of the European horses and the Americans in a way that mimicked the Ryder Cup in golf.
 
It turned out to be a very close contest as you can see in the chart. The Euros won three of the five turf races and the Marathon. This year’s competition was much closer than in 2012 when the east coast dominated with 10 wins, followed by the Euros [3] and the west [2].
 
 
 
 
This year’s Breeders’ Cup was highlighted by competitors who doubled up. Jockeys Gary Stevens, Martin Garcia, and European Ryan Moore each won two of the races. Bob Baffert was the only trainer to be victorious in two Breeders’ Cup races with New Year's Day and Secret Circle.
 
There were also two horses that got their second BC win and became part of a very select group of horses to do that in two different races. Last year Secret Circle won the now defunct Juvenile Sprint and Beholder won the Juvenile Filly in 2012.
 
Then there were the horses that got their second Breeders’ Cup win when they defended their Breeders’ Cup championship from 2012.  Groupie Doll won the Filly and Mare Sprint to culminate a short 2013 campaign in which many people felt she had lost a step from her dazzling closing kick.  Pretty much the same things were being said about Mizdirection who managed to take down the Filly and Mare Turf Sprint again.
 
The old man Wise Dan showed why he is such a popular horse. He rallied from farther back than usual to win another turf Mile with a powerful and prolonged closing move down the length of the stretch. With that impressive win and the ninth place finish of Game On Dude, Wise Dan probably won himself a second consecutive Horse of the Year title.
 
Jockey Mike Smith did one better than all of those performers. His three wins in this year’s Breeders’ Cup allowed Smith to extend his all-time record for BC wins to 20.
 
One of the things that I enjoy most about attending the Breeders’ Cup is that when all of these great performers head to the winner’s circle the large crowd breaks out into a very heart felt round of applause. So many fans are willing to pay the hefty ticket prices to enjoy racing’s greatest weekend and take the opportunity to show their appreciation for racing’s stars, both equine and human.
 
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The final results of the HRN Staff Picks for the Breeders’ Cup are complete and posted [You can click on the link above to see all the details]. Eight of the Horse Racing Nation team posted a profit based on a two dollar win wager for all 14 of the Breeders’ Cup events. Nick Costa’s picks earned the most money [$41.60] closely followed by Jasen Mangrum [$40.60], Brian Zipse [$40.00], Matt Shifman [$39.40], and Bryan Brinkmeyer [$38.20]. I also led the way with the most picked winners [five] for the second time in the last three years.
 
Thank you to all the HRN readers who posted comments about the Staff Picks in the course of Breeders’ Cup 2013. 

 

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Mary Gage, you are right I missed your MIzdirection winner!
Hey now, I picked five winners also! :) Outstrip, Dank, Mizdirection, Secret Circle, and Wise Dan. Great post! It was great meeting you at the Breeders' Cup! -Mary Cage
Hey now, I picked five winners also! :) Outstrip, Dank, Mizdirection, Secret Circle, and Wise Dan. Great post! It was great meeting you at the Breeders' Cup! -Mary Cage
The European's had a monster Breeders Cup this year. The Euro's sent over horses to compete in 7 different Breeders Cup races and they won 5 of them, plus they had Giovanni Boldini, Romantica, & The Fugue finish 2nd in their respective Breeders Cup races and Declaration of War finish 3rd in the BC Classic. The only race they sent horses to run in that they didn't win or have horses finish in the money was the BC Mile with Olympic Glory & Cristoforo Colombo both finishing well beaten.
I know I'm just playing. Just funny how you were like I won... Again lol
Ruffianlover--The HRN staff put their picks out in public days before the weekends. I hope that helped you out on Firday and Saturday!
If Nick's earnings are in Canadian Dollars, then I might have a chance....always the bridesmaid.
The Europeans were a force this year as much as any year in memory.
  • tmallios1 · What caught my eye was that as the years go by,things still remain the same. Todd Pletcher again had an awful Cup.That is what happens when you go for it every time they run(which i agree with). Unfortunately,the BC is run so late in the season that Todds' horses are basically spent by then.In regards to Sportsmanship,i did not see the interviews.I was told that Ken Ramsey was very critical of the ride of Castellano in the Jeuvi turf,and the owner of the Princess was vocal about the speed /rail bias on Friday.Regardless if they are valid or invalid points. If they were said,i think it is classless. As i recall during the year,both won many Graded Stakes.I do not recall any other connections trying to burst the joyous bubble for the winning connections those days.Just keepa lid on it. · 318 days ago
  • ekindy · At least the Ramseys can use another jockey if they are displeased with Javier. Even with Johnny V out of the lineup (hopefully he returns in good order) there is plenty of choice out there when it comes to quality jockeys. However, the owners of horses who cannot get over that track, regardless of what label you choose to slap on it, can't choose to run their horse in a Breeder's Cup at another track. Don't get me wrong, I have all the respect in the world for Beholder and don't want to discredit her victory, but wouldn't it be a shame if she would up with three straight BC victories and a Hall of Fame career without ever having won a Grade I race outside of SA? Especially considering the quality of her class, none of whom will have anything close to that kind of advantage? And I doubt you will have luck convincing Pletcher or his East Coast colleagues to sit out the Saratoga meet to save their horses for the BC, because that's basically what they'd have to do. You'd have better luck trying to convince him to sit out the BC instead. And given what the Daily News is quoting him saying, he just may. And given the fact that Mott, Brown and McLaughlin were similarly shut out, he may get company. But if the BC were to do the right thing and actually rotate the locations again then all of these complaints would lose lose traction. · 318 days ago
So much for modesty.... "I also led the way with the most picked winners for the second time in the last three years" lol
What an amazing two days. Racing has ups/downs that come along with it. I do wish John V a quick recovery. Sorry for the loss of Secret Compass and for her connections.
I think it should be broken down into 4 catagories; East (New York), West (CA), Euros, and everyone else. Only because there are ALWAYS horses that only run in CA, horses that only run well in NY, Euro's who come accross the pond, and then the group that travels wherever the hell they need to. I agree not to many people from Kentucky and Louisianna consider themselves "EAst Coast"
I know Kentucky is east of the Mississippi, but I have been there a number of times and I don't think too many Kentuckians think they have much in common with New York and the east coast. It seems to me racing is not just east and west but east, west and the Kentucky-Fair Grounds-Arlington-Oak Lawn circuit. Groupie Doll and Wise Dan are Kentucky horses and the Kentucky based horses, like they did last year, are winning more than their share of the major American races.
You have to keep in mind that ALL trainers have a far lower winning percentage in the Breeders' Cup than the rest of the year. The BC is the strongest competition, better than any trainer faces the rest of the year and winning percentages are typically around 10% in the BC as compared to 20%+ for all of the so-called Super Trainers, not just Pletcher.

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