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Breeders' Cup 2017
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Am I the Only One Going to the Breeders Cup?

Reading article after article and watching the latest news on the Breeder’s Cup makes me feel like I the only one attending. This showcase of champions seems to be dwindling in attendance, not by the fans but by the horses. Seems like every horse that would be a sure favorite in their division is now leaving their stall vacant. So who will take their place?
Leading up to the Jockey Gold Cup it was announced that Tizway would not be running. He was sitting it out due to a fever but preparing for the Breeder’s Cup Classic. It was only a few days ago that we lost him to retirement. He showed a lot of promise in this field and should have been one of the favorites with the betting public. This year he won the Whitney and the Metropolitan. He had the second fastest time in the Met and with the Whitney win he was in contention for Horse of the Year honors. He will be sent to Spendthrift Farm where he will start his next career. Looking forward to seeing what he can do as a proud papa.
My pick for Breeders Cup Classic is, of course, Havre De Grace.
Prior to this we heard the news that Zazu was out for the season due to injury. This up and comer was being trained for the Ladies Classic this year. She took the winning purse in the Lady’s Secret at Santa Anita securing her spot in the Ladies Classic. She probably would not be THE favorite, but she was sure to be a sentimental fan favorite by sporting the colors of the 2010 Horse of the Year. Lucky for us, she will return next year but we will not be seeing this brilliant filly at the Breeders Cup this year.
The Lady’s Secret also saw the downfall of one half of our favorite rivalry, Blind Luck. She battled all year with Havre De Grace for older horse dominance. Finally, after shipping everywhere in the country, Hollendorfer decided to take her home to California to race her in the Pacific Coast Classic. Shortly after, it was decided he would run her instead in the Lady’s Secret. When the gates flew open that day, Blind Luck who is always in the back of the pack, was just a little off. The rest of the field ran their race and Blind Luck just galloped around the track. It was not like our super-filly, and nobody could really explain what happened. Her rider, Garrett Gomez, simply said that he just could not keep up. A bit after the race we learned that she would be sent to the November Keeneland breeding sales. Best of luck to this fighter; may she enjoy her well deserved retirement.
My pick for Breeders Cup Lady Classic is…It’s Tricky.
Luck has not been kind to John Sadler in these weeks leading up to the big weekend; as we talked about before he lost Zazu and it also appears he lost his big gun Twirling Candy to retirement. This speedster was being prepped to run in the Breeder’s Cup Mile but will retire with a record of 7 wins from 11 starts. This will be a great loss to this barn and to west coast racing. This horse was the real deal; he started the year off being what most considered the best older horse out there. He also broke Spectacular Bids record in the Malibu Stakes late last year. He was the winner of the Californian and the Strub, was second in the Pacific Classic and should have won the Santa Anita Handicap. Twirling Candy will be sent to Lane’s End to start his stud career.
My pick for the Breeders Cup Mile is…Turallure or Goldikova…no Turallure.
These are just a few of the horses that will not be at Churchill Downs the first weekend in November. But great things will come out of the first weekend in November. We will see Goldikova try to make history again; we will watch the great So You Think make his American debut; we will see Uncle Mo go the distance.  We asked for it and they are delivering. I hope to see you all there.


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Lived in Louisville most of my life. We finally decided to pack our bags and move to Florida. We are literally leaving at 4am on Saturday morning for good. :( I've been to about a dozen derbies and 3 breeders cups. Its a shame I'm gonna miss this BC. I'll miss this place. :(
All fans should go to a live Breeders Cup at least once. But even with stars in my eyes I can see travel_vic's point. Watching at home you do get to see all of it, at the track, even with a good seat it has its drawbacks. I have gone to several, and do not regret the hassles etc. But watching at home you have the best seat in the house. At home there are no dirty bathrooms, parking issues, crammed bleacher seating, (shame on GP in 99, I was a sanctioned sardine) long lines at the windows, jammed self service machines, lines at concessions, backups at valet parking, you name it! Only problem is if there is a late scratch you cannot cancel your tickets. :)
aj-written like a pampered nonhorseman! <> First thing we all said @CD "It's just like Yakima in the morning around here!" Seriously, tho, the forecasted temps look good for the horses, dk about the wind tho, & a little rain merely showcases the talent.
unless you have a seat, a good seat, going to a Breeder's Cup is a lesson in futilty as you cannot bet or even move around.....Best one was actually Aqueduct in 85 as there was hardly anyone there
Ill wait till next year when its at Santa Anita, were it will be 77 degrees, Im not going going to sit in that hellhole at churchill again...
Mike in SB--when & where, etc.? All depends on how Sat goes, but I'm sure some of my group would be interested.
  • Mike in SB · Old Friends is in Georgetown Kentucky close to Keeneland race track. The event is from 12:00 to 4 on Sunday, they have a barbeque, silent auction, chance to meet a lot of the horses etc. Check out their web site...Old Friends Horse Retirement....http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/. · 2179 days ago
It's such a blast! Some of my best memories. You can always record it too & watch later. The whole thing's a big celebration of the HORSES (not so much the hats-but there's some of that too). Definitely the best 2 racing days of the year. The Derby museum is a must see. Louisville knows how to throw a party, too. You'd have to really try to not have a good time, I think. I'll be there Thurs. AM, and I can hardly stand waiting. I was so excited a couple days ago that I couldn't eat (a rare condition for me.)
No! I will be there ... along with plenty of nice horses. Sure some will be missed, but it is still the best two days in racing!
  • jmcleav · I'll be there in section 121, hopefully with others from hrn, Happy to hear Old Friends will be there! Hope they rake in the cash. · 2181 days ago
Deadheat, you will NOT be disappointed...see you there :)
Travel_vic, I think you may have something there...you can see more on tv but there is nothing like experiencing it live with people that are there for the same reason you are. My friends and family are not as into racing as I am so visiting the track and being among the other fans is the only time I get to 'share' my passion (besides when I log onto HRN of course). LOL
cpsoren121, I made my first visit to Churchill last years Breeders Cup...it is my new favorite track. I have not been to many, but they make sure you have the best experience. I wrote about it earlier this year when I took my 4 year old neice. Enjoy the Breeders Cup and enjoy Churchill.
I'm going and it will be my first :) I don't think the experience will disappoint like so many seem to think the BC will this year.
I'm going to my first BC. I wanted to see some of the canceled horses but mainly to see the Juvaniles and Goldikova......of course UM, HDG and the euros.....LIVE. I am very excited about it~!~!
travel_vic is right. My second trip to CD for the BC races. Great track & excitement of live racing is worth it. Last years Z/Blame finish- in my top five after forty years of racing.
been to five of them and, honestly, you can see the racing better on TV
I'm making my first visit ever to Churchill and to a Breeders' Cup!
I am going table24 silks room
I am going, and if anyone is around Sunday, Old Friends is having a fund raiser. Good cause and you can meet Breeders Cup winners, last year I got to give Gulch a carrot!
I'm bummed that Zazu isn't making the trip. Its still going to be a great race, but would've been real cool to see all those nice 3yo fillies from east & west line up in the gate.

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My horseracing journey and my quest to learn more about it has brought me to the University of Louisville Equine Program, but it began before I was born. My parents met when their parents shared ownership in a few racehorses. Although they did not own any horses when I was growing up, my grandfather still took me to the racetrack all throughout my childhood. In 2007, my stepfather introduced me to different racetracks and handicapping techniques, but it was not until the 2009 Preakness that I was really hooked.
A filly, Rachel Alexandra, venturing into a man’s world caught my eye and I fell in love with her completely. This was when my life changed. When it comes to racing and choosing my favorite horses, I have always seen perfection in what others would characterize as flaws. With this blog, I hope to show everyone that horseracing is not just a gamble, it is a passion.

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