Cape Blanco's best distance is 1O furlongs and he struggled to hold off Dean's Kitten on a soft surface he has proven to like. Meanwhile, Acclamation has shown the ability to rate on any surface and most every distance. His one flaw seems to be traveling east. If the BC @ CD comes up firm, I'd take Acclamation over Cape Blanco. Problem is neither of these charges can beat the best the Euros have to offer.
It's Fall and there was a time when the sight of colored leaves, warm days and cool nights meant more than just great weather. It used to mean the best of the best were about to converge on Lexington to race for the privilege of competing for the big prize and, in gone by days, be considered the favorites for championship honors. Not any more Since polyturf, Keeneland has become the Chicago Cubs of race tracks - content with ivy covered limestone monuments to the past, nice weather, casual fans looking for an outing and G3 horses racing for G1 money. It makes me want to weep. Not to belabor the used to be argument, but this used to be Mecca for racing fans, sportsman and horseplayers. There was a time when admission was a minimum bet, parking anywhere was free and the best horses in the WORLD came here. I miss the Golden Rail. I miss not seeing the most brilliant horses show their brilliance. I miss smoking cigars indoors ( a bit of a nonsequitor for sure, but I thought I'd throw it in). There is the turf and I am thankful they ( insert complacent management here) haven't fiddled with that. G1 horses will still come to compete,though not the best of the best, but still G1's. Keeneland has become a horseman's benevolent and retirement society. How else can you explain $7500 claiming horses running for $15,000? Or aging horses on their last legs racing against others in the same predicament. It's not about the sport or for the racing fan. It's about money ( duh). There is no more romance.
Sorry Nick, but for all practical purpose the 2010 racing ends with the Breeder's Cup and only the die hard punter will subject himself to Florida Breds and also rans. Championship racing doesn't really begin until after Christmas.
Dear son of a calvary officer; Please refrain from posing as an authority on the sport of horseracing. You are embarrassing yourself.
I will state up front I have never been a Zenyatta fan because of her owners resistance to shipping to face GI competition on the dirt ( the Apple Blossom does not count) and her running style ala Silky Sullivan. However after her performance on Saturday, there's is no doubt she is, as baffert said, the REAL DEAL. When when started her run, I stood and cheered for her the whole way. How could any horseracing fan not? She was two jumps from nailing Blame, who had home court and the best trip. She is very special. Now as far Horse of the Year...I'd vote for Goldikova. It's time American fans not be so provincial and recognize a three time Breeder's Cup champion. Give her her due.
Simply put, Borel embarrassed himself and the sport. Garcia was the one who had a legitimate beef. It doesn't take much for a jockey is fall into disfavor in this business and his tirade will prove costly.
Goldikova is the most dominant turf mare in the history of horseracing. Her turn of foot is breath taking
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