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Breeders' Cup 2017

HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

It’s Ladies’ Day … Or is it?

It’s Ladies’ Day and once again the Breeders’ Cup promises to have a powerful feminine presence with the likes of Goldikova, Havre de Grace, Sarafina, and Midday as favorites or near favorites in some of the biggest races at the Cup. Between the four of them, they represent the frontrunner for the Horse of the Year award, already have four wins, a second, and a third in the Breeders’ Cup, and that’s not even including the overseas exploits of the top turf filly in France. Problem is, none of the fearsome foursome will be running today - on Ladies’ Day.


Or maybe it’s no problem at all. If the female revolution that has dominated the sport of late has taught us one thing, it’s that the girls cannot be discounted in any of the biggest races of the world. So while dozens of fillies will compete today in races restricted to the ladies, it is tomorrow that the best female runners in the world will take the ultimate test and run against the best of our males.


We all know the story of Goldikova. Three times she has come to America and kicked up her heels against some of the best male milers on the planet. It cannot be overstated the magnitude of accomplishment, if at age six she is able to win her fourth consecutive Breeders’ Cup Mile. She is the one to beat.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Havre de Grace has been the best horse this year in America, bar none. A case could be made that she is truly the only horse in the country to have not run a bad race while running against graded stakes horses the entire year. The Classic will be her toughest test yet to date, but she certainly has a legitimate chance to clinch a Horse of the Year title tomorrow.

 

The BC Turf is a race generally dominated by the males, but with the two-prong challenge of Sarafina and Midday, the Turf could prove prime picking for another female headline. Both fine European distaffers are quite experienced in not only taking on the best turf males in the world, but they have often proved best.


Today may be called Ladies’ Day at the Breeders’ Cup, but depending on what happens tomorrow, Friday may be a mere blip to the female fireworks set to go off at Breeders’ Cup 2011.

 

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

  
The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.


Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

  
A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

  



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