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Breeders' Cup 2017

HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Santa Gives Us 4 Stakes … Santa Anita That Is

It’s the day after Christmas and all through our home     
Past performances are out and I handicap alone
 
My wife and my daughter play with new Christmas toys
As the picking of winners is left to the boys.
 
Santa has come and gone while his gifts remain
But my thoughts are on Santa Anita hoping for no more rain
 
Four big stakes races have caught my eye
As well as that leftover Christmas pie
 
The California Breeders' Championship kicks off the bunch
And thinking the talented juvenile Arresting Officer will win is more than a hunch
 
Next the grade 1 La Brea has attracted many more fillies than just a few
I’m expecting a big race and big odds from Shirreffs new girl Pica Slew
 
In the 7th we take to the grass with nine attractive colts from which to choose
I looked for a long one but in the end I feel Sidney’s Candy just can’t lose
 
Finally on to the Malibu for the race of the day
Loaded with talent it has to be Noble’s Promise as my day’s top play
 
Four stakes and four winners I hope this is clear
Win lose or draw I wish you holiday cheer
 

 

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Older Comments about Santa Gives Us 4 Stakes … Santa Anita That Is...

Pica Slew scratched ... Always a Princess becomes my top play in the La Brea.
Good luck ... rolling a pair of fives in the La Brea would be enormous!
Ugh. Happened again. Anyway... "We diagree early / But we agree late. / My pick in the La Brea S,/ Is the 20/1 #8 / She should move way way up / With the switch to dirt take note / Hard Way Ten is the choice / To blow up the tote
Oops. Premature submission.
We disagree earlybut we agree late.

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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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