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I Have A Dream: The Breeder's Cup In The Hoosier State!

My fellow horse racing fans, I have a dream, where all the wonderful people in the Hoosier state enjoy the Sport of Kings. I have a dream where the world’s greatest sport isn’t judged by perception, but, by the quality of the equine stars and the amazing people that make this sport so wonderful. 

 

I know to some of you this statement might sound silly, but, Indiana racing has so much to offer the wonderful people in this state.  Indianapolis is currently brimming with excitement, as thousands of people invade this city for the Super Bowl.  Celebrities and stars are coming to the Circle City to enjoy the atmosphere and everything the Super Bowl and the city of Indianapolis has to offer. 

 

I was invited to have a few drinks at one of Indy’s finest “hot spots” St. Elmo’s Steak house. This invitation was from my dear friend and Indiana Horse Racing owner Jack McGinley.  Jack and I ventured into this sea of money and celebrity. To my surprise, we ran into Espn horse racing analyst and football analyst Randy Moss.  Randy and I had a brief conversation.  I introduced myself and explained how I was a fan of his and how I write this blog for Horse Racing Nation. I got to thinking, here we are on the verge of the Super Bowl, yes, I said the Super Bowl, one of the biggest events in the world, and what do Randy and I talk about? The Sport of Kings of course. We discussed Derby hopefuls Hansen and Algorithms.  He told me how now a days it’s impossible to figure out the Derby field before March or April.  Of course the “Super Colt” Rachel Alexandra’s foal was mentioned. 

  

After my conversation with Randy, Jack and I were sitting at a table by the door and to our surprise in walks Eli Manning and Brandon Jacobs, followed by the rest of the Super Bowl contending New York Giants. Eli seemed quite personable, smiling to the patrons, signing a few autographs.  The whole Giants team had an upbeat spirit, they seemed quite friendly. I was sitting there a little star struck, I got to thinking. My favorite moment of this night was the conversation I had with Randy Moss. 

 

Where am I going with this? Well, you see. In my 26 years of living in this city, I’ve never seen such excitement. The J.W. Marriot has the Lombardi Trophy gleaming on the exterior. The Westin Hotel is decked out in the Super Bowl Roman Numerals.  The Hampton Inn has been turned into the Budweiser hotel, where everything in the hotel is Budweiser uniformed.  This city is going all out for the biggest game in sports. 

 

I love the NFL. I love most sports, but, there is no other sport more exciting to me than the Sport of Kings.  I’m sitting there on Monument Circle (a fixture in down town Indianapolis,) on the circle they had the Super Bowl Roman Numerals lit up with a light show, the sound track was sounds of the NFL, (great plays over the past few seasons.) My mind was running at this time about the most exciting races over the past few years.  The 2010 Breeders’ Cup was running through my mind, Trevor Denmon’s desperate call of “ Here comes Zenyatta, Zenyatta, Blame, Zenyatta flying late, Blame won it a head.   The 2009 Preakness ran through my mind, The Filly Did it!  Then, every Breeders’ Cup race from the past few years ran through my mind, from Goldikova to Uncle Mo, from Big Drama to Zenyatta’s triumph in 2009.


I started thinking about all the wonderful races in Indiana in 2011.  Jardim conquering the likes of Thiskyhasnolimit, and Country Flavor in the Golden Bear Stakes at Indiana Downs.  Of course, there was Wilburn’s jaw dropping performance in the Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park, in which he dusted the Preakness winner Shackleford and eventual Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb’s Posse.  Who could forget the great Indiana Bred “hope," Mack The Slew’s eye popping Maiden win and stakes victory at Hoosier Park.

 

All these wonderful moments lead to this dream of mine.

 

My hopes and prayers are centered solely towards the development and improvement in Indiana racing. The improvement of the way the sport, and both Indiana tracks are marketed in Indiana, and the way the sport is viewed in this state.

 

Indianapolis has it all. I hope one day that Indiana Downs will see the same vision I have. I could see Indiana being a perfect setting for the Breeders’ Cup. Yes, there will need to be extreme renovations to Indiana Downs to support such an event. But, downtown Indianapolis has one great attribute working for it, the people. Indianapolis is known for the wonderful volunteers, “Hoosier hospitality” as it’s named.  We’ve now successfully hosted several NCAA Basketball Final Four’s, the World Basketball Championships, the Olympic trials, the NBA Finals, and now the Super Bowl. It only seems fitting this state known for “racing” should host the greatest racing sporting even there is, The Breeders’ Cup.

 

I know this dream is far away from being possible at this moment, but, all it takes is some Hoosiers in this sport to have a dream, a dream like mine.  Let’s market Indiana Racing, let’s pack Indiana Downs and Hoosier Park, let’s show the racing world we can support such an event as the Breeders’ Cup and let’s build on the success this sport has had in Indiana over the past few years. 

 

This is my dream, do you believe? I do.

 

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I wish this would happen...Racing just needs to be a bit bigger in indiana to support it
lets say the Breeder's Cup sprint winner is hailed the World's Champion but never meets Black Caviar. Akin to a Cuban boxer, unalbe to leave to fight the world's champion all the while HE was hailed as better. Cannot call someone the world chanmpion at anything unless you take on the world OUT in the world, and not sequestered
In the recent Wor;d championships of baseball, where EACH country is represented by their OWN players and no others Cuba dn the Dominican Republic are the big winners because each tieam is treated as equal challengers in different venues. The odds are not stacked to favor one over aotherr
I think it should stay in the USA,Dubai has there big day and Americans ECT:ship over there..I love it when the BC came to Woodbine Canada ,it was crazy and alot of fun.The BC is got to get it to more US tracks,keep bring new fan in the game.
i sure wouldn't call it a lie. i would call it salesmanship. mlb actually has the world's best baseball players, that's why the champ. series is the world series. the bc classic displays the world's best 'dirt tb horses' for the distance. for 3 years, the tvg bc mile featured the world's best turf horse at that distance in goldikova. every great stakes horse in the world is invited, and even given incentives to come.
Since they promote these as the WORLD's championships, just like the all American dominated WORLD series of baseball, that label is frankly a lie. Run the races in Europe or South Africa one season. Dubai another and actually MAKE IT a world' cahmpionship
Since they promote these as the WORLD's championships, just like the all American dominated WORLD series of baseball, that label is frankly a lie. Run the races in Europe or South Africa one season. Dubai another and actually MAKE IT a world' cahmpionship
Sure, why not? Lone Star Park hosted a BC, of course they chased away all of the European turf horses due to 90 heat in Oct. but Indy won't have that problem, I'll vote-Yes.
Thoroughbred racing complains about why they are losing their fan base, but they don't do much to help the racing fans. When the BC was started it was suppose to go to different tracks to encourage more racing fans. Yes there were problems with this, but keeping it only at 3 tracks is terrible. Racing relies so much on slots to get people in, that they are in for a rude awakening when slots money is withdrawn. Horse racing MUST start selling the horses and the excitement of the racing experience. If not, they are going to have the fan base of ping pong.
the host organization has to give Breeders Cup INcorporated so much control of the money and set up that few tracks want the expereince
I was there the day Mack the Slew won!! I took so many pictures of him and my dad bet on him! I love Hoosier park and I hope the BC will be there soon!!!
Did the Superbowl yes why not !!
Very poignant piece, Scott. I believe that if I had been in your shoes, meeting and speaking with Randy Moss would have stood out the most (especially since I'm a Falcons fan anyway). But the point is that as much as I love football, horse racing is the only sport that can and has moved me to tears. I'm rooting to bring the sport to my home state of Georgia. In the meantime, I believe that with the added interest in Indiana racing lately, it is only a matter of time before the Breeders' Cup is run there.
Scott!! Arlington had the BC in 2002... why not Indiana?
Hi Scott, I live in Indy and have all my life. The excitement of the Super Bowl in this city is awesome! I would love for the BC to be held here. I attended it at Churchill this last year for the first time and it was so exciting, literally giving me goose bumps! To have it held right here in my home state would be amazing. Great article, I share your dream!
Scott excellent article...I too agree that the Breeders Cup should be held at as many racetracks as possbile as this is a testament to all of racing, and just like your city got the Super Bowl it is because only of the dome, although we will see them coming to a cold weaher city for the first time, I do believe the Breeders Cup people only want the best weather possible although that should not be the case....keep your dream alive and keep pushing for Indiana racing, I for one am all for it
I believe the BC should move around, but it appears those days are gone. Last BC I attended was 2007 at Monmouth, damn the rain. It would have been great.
I am sure lots of people would want the spectacle at their home venue but after the debacles at Lone Star, and though not fault of their own, Monmouth, the BC people are not going for the grand experiement any time soon.
Nice job Scott. I'd would love to see the BC at Indiana Downs. I'm one of those people that love to see at different venues, rather than only at SA, Bel & CD. I was at the BC helld at Arlington & it was great other than the chilly weather.

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