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Breeders' Cup Mile for Gio Ponti

Gio Ponti, the gutsy horse who finished second to Zenyatta in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), will not be taking another shot at the super mare in this year’s race Nov. 6.

Shane Ryan, whose Castleton Lyons races the 5-year-old son of Tale of the Cat, said in a release Nov. 1 that Gio Ponti instead will be entered in the TVG Mile (gr. I). Goldikova will be seeking the first horse to win three consecutive Breeders’ Cup races in the Mile.

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In the mile I'm giving Candy very serious consideration. Horse racing is all about speed and ability to carry it over distance and he really burns up the track at a mile. How do you close on a horse who finishes as strong as he starts as in record time.
gio ponti is just a better turf horse is all, has nothing to do with facing big z. good luck to her. yes, qr has a chance, he can handle the distance. last years failures were from the outcome of his injuries. he will just have to watch for blame to bounce back.
It was a suprise because he ran 2nd in the '09 BC Classic. Gio Ponti's connections must have figured that he could not handle dirt so they opted for the BC Mile this time around. Quality Road is the real deal, but can he handle a mile and a quarter? That is the question.
Was it really a surprise. At least he has a very good shot at Goldi while none with Z... This also brings up another interesting question. They must not think much of his chances for second or third or why pass up a payday of 1.2mil for second to Z or 750 for 3rd. Again is QR for real?

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