• Wild Dude earns a Breeders' Cup berth with a Santa Anita Sprint win.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Grand Arch just holds off a flying The Pizza Man to win the Shadwell Turf Mile.Posted 7 hours ago
  • He repeats -- It's all Tonalist in a sloppy Jockey Club Gold Cup.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Brody's Cause flies home to win the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Tepin runs away and hides in the Grade 1 First Lady -- BC Mile next.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Greenpointcrusader (6-1) wins the Champagne going away.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Fioretti with Sophie Doyle aboard upset Keeneland's TCA at 17-1.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Nickname splashes home an impressive winner of the Frizette.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Stephanie's Kitten powers to victory in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Appealing Tale takes them all the way around in a sloppy Kelso.Posted 10 hours ago

Final thoughts, awards and bon mots

Zenyatta and Blame dominate recollections of this 27th Breeders' Cup. Nobody watching their scintillant and thrilling race to the Classic finish could keep his jaw in place or his emotions steady. I sometimes find myself explaining to casual fans or strangers to the game why I love horse racing. I should simply show them a video of that Classic. To see that is to understand.

The 1988 Breeders'  Cup stands out, its races and results impastoed on memory, as the single greatest day of racing I've personally witnessed. Personal Ensign, on the strength of her own volition and Randy Romero's perseverance, surged in the final yards to defeat Winning Colors in the Distaff, the great Miesque again dazzled in the Mile, Is It True upset Easy Goer in the Juvenile, and Alysheba, as an eerie darkness descended, became for the moment the sport's all-time leader in earnings with his victory in the Classic. A banner held high on the grandstand apron, I can still see it, recommended, "Alysheba For President." But for drama and excitement and sheer excellence, this most recent Breeders' Cup approaches its 1988 ancestor...

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