Annual award or longue durée importance?
I know, I know, I’ve said before that Horse of the Year really doesn’t matter – and from an Annales School perspective, that is very much the case. The fact remains that people beyond the core constituency of horse racing insiders and fans will remember Zenyatta – [...]
High point: Goldikova's hat-trick
As we’ve already covered the Friday races, we’ll just reiterate these two points:
Do not cross Calvin Borel. Do feel free to pitch a reality TV show in which he becomes a boxer or MMA star – it may be wrong, but it would be a guilty pleasure. #jockeyfight
Life At Ten: luckily, [...]
Zenyatta and Blame, joined in history
Perfection can be a double-edged sword; no one suggests that missing out on maintaining it by inches has in any way tainted Zenyatta’s reputation, but it could be argued that its pursuit has, in some sense, held her back. While jockey Mike Smith may continue to lament his role [...]
Calvin Borel will cut you
Well, that was unusual.
Obviously, the post-Marathon #jockeyfight is going to be What People Remember from today’s Breeders’ Cup action – and the first two races both ending with inquiries made things even more peculiar.
But let’s recall some of the other highlights – trainer Diane Alvarado got her first Breeders’ Cup [...]
It’s here – your one-stop shopping for the Breeders’ Cup, featuring both Friday’s and Saturday’s races. As you know by now, we’re looking to see both Goldikova and Zenyatta make history on Saturday – and we’ll be following along live during both broadcasts via Twitter.
Check back after the final races for a new [...]
Finally, the big race – and yes, I’m on Team Zenyatta for this one:
I have a lot of time for Quality Road, but I suspect he doesn’t really want to go a mile and a quarter; his Woodward win might have been close to his ideal distance.
I would have [...]
The Breeders’ Cup Turf – it’s like the Eurovision Song Contest, only without Malta!
Seems to be coming into his own on the grass of late.
Has scored a number of G1 victories this year – but can he beat the visitors?
Won the Sword Dancer as part of an otherwise [...]
This race should be very competitive; it’s something of a throwaway category in the opinion of some, although it’s one there’s clearly demand for – there’s no reason we shouldn’t have top-level dirt milers as well as turf milers:
Seems better suited to Polytrack or turf.
H. James Bond
Won the Kelso Handicap a [...]
I love the Mile; it’s always been one of my favorite Breeders’ Cup races, and I’ve been wildly successful picking winners in it (though it’s made easier by some repeat performances, notably those of Miesque, Da Hoss and Lure). Obviously I want to see Goldikova make history here:
Has been finishing a bit [...]
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile/Kentucky Derby ‘curse’ may have been broken, but I’m not sure we’ve yet seen the main cast of characters we’ll be following next spring. Leaving that to one side, we should still see a few of these coming to the fore:
Mahmoud Al Zarooni
Undefeated so far, and a Group 1 winner on [...]