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55,000 Furlongs to the Finish

2013 Breeders' Cup Marathon: London Bridge the Winner

London Bridge, 2013 Breeders' Cup Marathon winner.

Let the long shots continue. In the first race of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup, a European runner was the first to wear a yellow blanket bouquet. London Bridge is the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Marathon Champion. A 3 year old son of Arch, this European runner was a 2011 Keenland September yearling purchased for $130,000.

 

Sent off at odds to 9-1, London Bridge was the 3rd longest shot in the field of 10. Breaking smoothly, hall of fame rider Mike Smith settled London Bridge well behind the leading pair of Commander and Ever Rider. Settling into a steady rhythm, he managed to track a moderate pace on the speed favoring dirt strip.

 

With ¾ a mile to go, Ever Rider, the favored Argentinian invader dropped out, exhausted from keeping pace with Commander. Commander was the next to fold with a ½ mile to go. A three wide drive ensued for the remainder of the race with Blueskiesnrainbows looking like he was going to be able to hold off Suns Out Guns Out and Worldly all the way to the wire. However, the tested endurance of London Bridge was not going to fold so easily. Gaining with every stride, he was able to close the gap to the leaders and surge past in the middle of the track to win by a length. Blueskiesnrainbows held on for second, Worldly for third, and Suns Out Guns holding off a late surge from Indian Jones to complete to superfecta.

 

2:58.23 was the final time for the 14 furlongs, and the win by London Bridge gave Mike Smith his 18th Breeders’ Cup Victory as a jockey. The 4th win this year for London Bridge paid out $20.00 for a $2 wager.

 

 

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Well Blueskiesnrainbows and Suns Out Guns Out certainly surprised me, as did the foreign invader and winner London Bridge.
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Meet Matt Scott 

My horseracing journey began when I was 16 years old and my mom took me to Hollywood Park. Although I did not fully appreciate it at the time, the experience stuck with me forever. 10 years later, during one of my many international business trips to Hong Kong, I visited Sha Tin racetrack to watch the races. This is where my true passion began. 

 

Holding a masters degree in mechanical engineering, the puzzle of handicapping intrigued me. I have made a career of making decisions based on trends, patterns, and formulas, which is why I think I was initially drawn to the sport. However, I have truly learned to appreciate the horses and how magnificent they are as athletes. 

 

I currently live in San Jose, CA, and when not following racing, I like to spend time with my wife, mountain bike, and design high-speed bicycles that I build and race For reference, 55,000 furlongs is the distance from Hong Kong to my home in San Jose. Also, I have 1-year-old dachshund (aka wiener dog) that I am training to race in the annual Wiener Nationals held at Golden Gate Fields.   

 

The purpose of this blog is to help give people the viewpoint of a fan that is newer to the sport and eager to learn. I like to respectfully speak my mind, and often the ideas come out of left field, which could give a fresh perspective on a sport rich with tradition and history. hope to represent the many future fans that I wish to follow my footsteps into the Sport of Kings.