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  • Just The Judge edges Odeliz in the E.P. Taylor! Posted 2 days ago
  • Beholder is out of the Breeders' Cup after spiking a fever. Posted 2 days ago
  • Hillstar rolls to victory in the Canadian International!Posted 2 days ago
  • Taris smokes the Grade 2 Raven Run field! Posted 3 days ago
  • Discreet Marq much the best in the Ticonderoga! Posted 3 days ago
  • Effinex gets up over So Lonesome to win the Empire Classic! Posted 3 days ago
  • Noble Mission wins a thriller over Al Kazeem in the Champion Stakes! Posted 3 days ago
  • Charm Spirit defeats an unlucky Night of Thunder in the QE II! Posted 4 days ago
  • Madame Chiang pulls the upset in the British Champions Fillies and Mares!Posted 4 days ago
  • Gordon Lord Byron dashes away to victory in the Champions Sprint!Posted 4 days 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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