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The Breeder's Cup has scrapped the Marathon as reported by Tom LaMarra on Bloodhorse.com..http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/84597/bc-scraps-marathon-alters-nomination-fees
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  • amino998 · What goes around comes around Exterminator. · 215 days ago
  • EP Taylor · Seriously your nit picking his spelling?...lol. How Low can you go Bob! · 215 days ago
Saturday Workouts: Hollywood Park: Worth Repeating, 7f 1:28.80 (1/1); Calidoscopio, 8f 1:43.40 (1/1); Keenland: Atigun, 5f 1:01.60 (4/18)
I've been saying this for a few years now. But I'd really like to see them add a 1-3/4 mile turf marathon onto the Breeders Cup even and lets see if we can't start getting some of those top European stayers to the event that we rarely, if ever, get to see in America. Anyone who follows turf racing in Europe knows that the horses who run in graded or group stakes races between 10f and 12f are the ones that see come over for the BC Turf. But they are not the same horses that over there they call their "Cup horses". That run in races like the Yorkshire Cup, Doncaster Cup, Ascot Gold Cup, Irish St. Leger, British Champions Long Distance Cup, etc....at distances from 1-3/4 to 2-1/2 miles. Given how think the purses in Europe have become over the years, a large purse Turf Marathon race might give racing fans in this country a chance to see horses like Fame and Glory, Opinion Poll, Colour Vision, Saddler's Rock or any of the other top stayers that would otherwise not come to run on conventional dirt at 1-3/4. It's only my opinion, but I think a Turf Marathon would strengthen the quality of the event. JMO.
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  • kay.robinett · given how many miles/sprints they offer as part of the BC, another marathon - the second one for turf - would be most welcome! (any races which are carded for distance runners whether on dirt, turf, or synth are a treasure in this day and age) · 822 days ago
  • travel_vic · Marathons (IN THE REST OF THE WORLD) start at 2 miles...The definitieve one to win and call yourself a stayer is 20 furlongs, 2 1/2 miles....The loss of stamina in North America will soon be it undoing. · 822 days ago
Even if they only tried doing it once, as sort of a trial basis kind of thing? I'd really love to see Breeders Cup move the BC Marathon off of the dirt over to the turf, and see how that works out? I think moving this race onto the turf would help to bring in some of the more elite level stayers in Europe, and I don't think it would be a huge disadvantage to the American horses. Because generally, horses switching from conventional dirt to turf handle the switch much better than horses trying to make the switch from turf to conventional dirt do. If the BC Marathon had been run on turf last year instead of dirt, you might have seen Aidan O'Brien send over a horse like Fame and Glory, who he had turned into stayer, and had won the G1 Ascot Gold Cup and the G3 British Champions Long Distance Cup. Instead of him sending a horse like Harrison's Cave. This is just my opinion, and I'm sure a lot you won't agree with me on this? But like I said, I'd like to see them try it, even if it's just for one running of the Breeders Cup.
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  • cocoa2 · buckpasser, I think it should go back to 16f as well, but right now it has been made into a laughingstock, it means very little. Moving it to 2 miles would make it mean nothing. Gradually I will watch it happen though. · 931 days ago
  • buckpasser · Cocoa. Yes it is sad that the JCGC means so little now days. Previously, it was the race of champions. Nobody was HOY without winning it. What would probably more effective is to increase the distance of many of the races that have been cut. · 931 days ago
This race is getting no respect on HRN. No discussion, no stories, nothing. It looks at a minimum like a decent betting race and it is, after all, a $500,000 race. Where's the love?
congratulations richard

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View DetailsView Video11/01/13SA61 3/4 mD03+ MBreeders' Cup Marathon-G1London BridgeBlueskiesnrainbowsWorldly2:58.32
View DetailsView Video11/02/12SA51 3/4 mD03+ MBreeders' Cup Marathon-G2CalidoscopioGrassyAtigun2:57.25
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View DetailsView Video11/05/10CD51 3/4 mD03+ MBreeders' Cup Marathon-G3EldaaferGabriel's HillA. U. Miner2:59.62
View DetailsView Video11/06/09SA31 3/4 mS03+ MBreeders' Cup MarathonMan Of IronCloudy's KnightMastery2:54.11
View DetailsView Video10/25/08SA11 1/2mS03 MBreeders' Cup MarathonMuhannakChurch ServiceBig Booster2:28.24