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2010 Breeders Cup Classic (G1)

Date/Track:
11/6/2010, Churchill Downs
Post Time:
6:46 PM ET
Distance:
1 1/4 m (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
3+ M
Time:
2:02.28
Breeders' Cup Classic 2010
Positives
Negatives
  • All running styles can win but rally types preferred
  • 2nd is dominated by stalkers
  • 82% of 3rd place finishers are stalkers/closers
  • 60% of 4th are closers
  • Wire types finish less than 20% in each of 2nd, 3rd and 4th slots
  • Must have run a sharp last race + sharp Grade 1 race during campaign

  • Fave runs 1st-2nd 60%
  • Less than three starts in the campaign
  • No wins at 1 1/8 miles and up
  • Never run at the 1 ¼ distance
  • Posted a new Beyer/BRIS top figure in previous race (unless a 3 year old)
  • Travers winners are 0-12
  • Gelding
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Older Comments about the 2010 Breeders Cup Classic (G1)...

She didnt even need 5 seconds. Just the little bob of the head. Mike shouldnt feel bad, she ran the race of her life against some of the best horses we will ever know. I still hate it when people compare her to Rachel. Rachel has NEVER faced this type of competition and didnt veen show up to the BC. Zenyatta is the queen, and always.
  • dubby30 · She ran the race of her life against who. "Some of teh best horses we will ever know" You have got to give me some of what you're on. · 1173 days ago
She didnt even need 5 seconds. Just the little bob of the head. Mike shouldnt feel bad, she ran the race of her life against some of the best horses we will ever know. I still hate it when people compare her to Rachel. Rachel has NEVER faced this type of competition and didnt veen show up to the BC. Zenyatta is the queen, and always.
Zenyatta should of won, but stayed back too far, too long. If she had another 5 seconds, she would of won it. Mike Smith shouldn't feel bad, all good champions loose some. Big Disapointment, but her best race, truly was the one she lost.
I WISH Zenyatta had gotten her nose in front!
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  • ThaSpa · She absolutely was not in front of Blame a half stride after the finish. She was never in front. Overhead view dispels that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLejHqQH2Ag&feature=related Can't go by the side view, once they cross the finish line the angle is distorted and the horse closer to the camera looks further along than they really are. · 1213 days ago
  • yukichan · @Brittany- As Ann Moss would later say: "She shoulda just stuck her tongue out" · 1213 days ago
I think it was an awesome race that show a lot of grit by two awesome horses! My respect for both horses soared. For Blame, who has been racing great this year, and for beating the Super Mare; and for the Super Mare for showing that she has so much grit to come from SO FAR BEHIND and make up ground SO FAST, passing all of the other horses like they were standing still, and almost catching Blame before the wire suddenly appeared. This is what horse racing is all about and why I LOVE IT!!!!
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  • momscommand · To Humphrey: I agree about Citation and Noor. However, Citation had a serious injury and had not raced for over a year when he met Noor; he was far from the Citation of his younger years. His owner stubbornly brought him back to get more racing $$$$ knowing full well he was inferior to his old self. By the way, have you read the article with these comments? · 1471 days ago
  • momscommand · To Humphrey: The article contains: Both Goldikova and Zenyatta won five Group or Grade 1 races in 2010, but there is little resemblance in the quality of the fields the two were beating in those races. In her four Group 1 victories in Europe and her Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile triumph, Goldikova was beating 16 winners of 37 Group or Grade 1 races. The overall Group/Grade 1 record of her competition in those five races is 157-37-25-19. In her five Grade 1 victories this year, Zenyatta was beating not a single Grade 1 winner. The overall Group/Grade 1 record of her competition in those five races is 28-0-1-2. Moreover, Zenyatta beat just two Grade 2 winners in those five races, St Trinians in the Vanity Handicap and Switch in the Lady's Secret. In fact, while Zenyatta’s five victories this year were all technically Grade 1’s, the quality of the competition indicates that they were no better than Grade 3’s. · 1471 days ago
I would like to see a match race mike smith the moss's the owner of blame and a race track put up a million each do you the the owners of blame would do it I don't think so. So who sould be horse of the year
  • ThaSpa · So you're basing your Horse of the Year decision on a hypothetical match race that nobody in the racing world will ever propose & your hypothetical belief of who would not agree to run in this race that only exists in your imaginiation. Bulletproof logic. · 1476 days ago
  • momscommand · The days when owners will risk an invaluable athlete to satisfy childish challenges are long over -- the example of Ruffian should let us all know match races do nothing but show our bullying tendencies. Racing is a business and winning or losing a single race proves nothing. It is the entire racing history that is important. · 1476 days ago
Broken heart to see Zenyatta lose. I know Mike Smith feels she deserves to have the unforgetable status of being undeafeated. History always remembers that. But we will never forget againist all odds the way she came back to almost win. One more stride and she was there. No horse has ever made up ground like that. We should all remember this day for Zenyatta never giving up and giving it all she had. Again one lost stride for perfection. But the heart that made her the Greatest Filly of all Time. One regret is that because she lost Andrew Beyer and Jess Jackson get off the hook a little bit on there totally wrong Criticism of Zenyatta. There suppose to be horse people. Beyers should be fired and will always be booed in California.
i am so sad Zenyatta lost. but what a heck of a trip she had!!! 18 or 20 lengths of the leader, and wigned up 2 almost first by a nose so ppl dont go calling zenyatta a horriable racehorse
GOOD luck to the beautiful Zenyatta!!
It's going to be a good one!
Workforce scratched from the Turf
3-6-11-boxed zenayatta off the board
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  • humphrey · There are NO sure things in racing: Just look around i.e.Jim Dandy's Travers over the top two three year olds in the country at the time. · 1479 days ago
  • icyhotboo · Zenyatta EZ · 1478 days ago
Hi Guys, did any significant rain hit Kentucky, i know its early for you lads but there has to be a insomniac somewhere here....
  • paceman · Nothing to speak of, zilzal. Only a brief shower this morning expected so the track on both days will remain bone-dry fast and turf will be ultra firm. Not good news for Workforce. · 1479 days ago
  • zilzal89 · Cheers Paceman, im on Behkarad ew at 4/1, 1/4 odds 1st three anyway · 1479 days ago
Hi Guys, did any significant rain hit Kentucky, i know its early for you lads but there has to be a insomniac somewhere here....
Great job Horse Racing Nation people! I just bought your Cashing Big on the Breeders Cup bookf. The content and layout of this thing is awesome! I especially like the insider information and exotic ticket recommendations. Maybe this is this year I'll catch multiple signers. Thanks for taking some of the confusion out of these tough races.
zenyatta will finish out of the money know way shes HOY hiding out west beating know bodies she will be exposed
She is definatly the horse to beat and I do not see it happening. She is the best horse I have seen in years and I would almost guarentee that she would kick Rachels butt easily in a one on one. the only problem is you cannot make any money betting her. It would not even be worth it to wheel her on top. the only way is if she runs 2nd or 3rd behind long shots. but I can't see her running anywhere but first. So I am not going to play any exoctics I"ll just bet her to win.
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  • humphrey · EVERYTIME this one runs, I recall all the times I bet great late movers Aldebaran, Concern, Strike the Gold or Lit de Justice and watched, many times, as traffic up front spoined a great late run. Still this one has found a way 19 for 19. · 1481 days ago
  • humphrey · ALMOST had a special piece of memorabilia. I have this year's Apple Blossom program, but only one showed up....AND destoyred the field....Almost a collector;s item like Big Red;s Triple which I had to sell recently, but could not turn down the offer. · 1481 days ago
I sure wish Rachel had run in this race. It definately would have made the Classic even more Classic and interesting. I still think Zenyatta would have won but it sure would have been a great race. I didn't get to see Zenyatta in any of her other races except last years Classic I would bet they were all very exciting and I know this years race will be just as exciting. My picks 8 horse first and second w/ 1-3-5-11. I don't think lucky can handle the distance. My best long shot in the race are 3 & 11. so good luck to everyone and I will see you on Saturday
I liked Blame as well as any other Breeders Cup Classic starter as being the one with the biggest shot at upsetting Zenyatta, if it can even be done? But after seeing his JCGC run, I now wonder if 1-1/4 might not be just a little further than he's comfortable with running? Even at Churchill Downs? It's no secret that Blame loves the surface at Churchill Downs. But he's always raced well at every other conventional dirt track he's ever raced over, too. In the JCGC, Haynesfield just flat out ran Blame off of his feet in that race. Knowing that Blame run's well anywhere on conventional dirt. What else is a handicapper left to believe? As to why Haynesfield was able to defeat him with such relative ease, if not the extra distance?
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  • cugel the clever · You and too many people place too much stock on a horse's last race. It's a body if work that's important, not one single race. · 1482 days ago
  • icyhotboo · This is not the first time that QR has fallen flat so I'd say I am taking the whole picture not just the last race.Remember the Haskel,Oh it was wet,Breeders cup classic 2009, Oh he was nervous. · 1482 days ago

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