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Espoir City Loosens Up for BC Classic

Espoir City, Japan’s hope for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) to be run at Churchill Downs Nov. 6, drilled six furlongs over the Louisville track to lead a host of workouts on the morning of Oct. 23 from hopefuls for the two-day racing festival.

This was the first of two planned works beneath the Twin Spires for Espoir City, who covered the distance over a fast track in 1:18 1/5 under jockey Tetsuzo Sato.
       
Espoir City spent about 20 minutes loosening up in the mile chute before beginning his work. Fractions were :14 1/5, :28 2/5, :41 3/5, :54 1/5, 1:06 2/5, and out seven furlongs in 1:33 3/5. After the work, Espoir City walked around outside Barn 42 in the grassy area of the quarantine section for another 20 minutes. Read More

 

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Honestly, compared to american or european racing how tough is japanese racing? I mean, are the quality of horses on par with what we have here. I doubt it personally.
Espoir City is a very talented colt to say the least. He lends a very good international flavor to this year's Breeders Cup Classic. 6 wins and 2 place efforts in 9 lifetime starts. 4 of his 6 win's are G1 victories. He likes to do his running on the front end, and his plenty of front running speed. I would expect to see Espoir City somewhere very near the front of the race along with Haynesfield and Quality Road. If there's a knock on this colt that could be called into question, it would be his stamina? How well, if at all, will Espoir City handle 10 furlongs? Of his 9 races on conventional dirt in Japan, Espoir City has raced 6 times at a mile, and 3 times at 9 furlongs. He's yet to ever attempt 1-1/4 in his career. The talent is certainly there for all to see with this colt. But the Breeders Cup Classic field, IMO, will be a very difficult first time testing ground to try and answer the 10 furlong question with? TJMO.
  • ghandi672 · will it have guts, will it have heart win its head to head at the 5/8 pole ??? Can it dig deep and grab another breath last 200 yds ??? i like this horse...i agree it hasnt been tested at distance but it might not matter ... i like this horse · 2100 days ago

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