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Classic Considerations

We are at that peculiar point a few weeks out from the Breeders’ Cup where things get a bit odd, particularly with regard to the field for the Classic. Duke of Marmalade and Soldier of Fortune, both fresh from being crushed by Zarkava in the Arc, are still under consideration for the Ballydoyle folk, as is Henrythenavigator (also well beaten last time out), although the Mile is still possible as well for any/all of them.

Raven’s Pass, who finally turned the tables on rival Henrythenavigator, is likely to go in the Mile – but like his fellow Europeans, the Classic is also on the table. And it’s not just European turf horses lining up for the Classic; Bobby Frankel has indicated that Champs Elysees may also have a crack at it. Here’s hoping this particular synthetic surface lives up to those heavy expectations.

Bill Christine suggests that Curlin’s slow first work (pictured) over said artificial surface at Santa Anita was something of theatrical first act, building momentum to a showdown with Big Brown (whose connections seem uncharacteristically quiet of late) and it seems a bit strange to think that the Classic could be Casino Drive’s third lifetime start, but it’s an unusual year. One this is for certain at this point — the above-mentioned colts’ connections are breathing a collective sigh of relief they don’t have to face Zenyatta!

2 comments to Classic Considerations

  • Sean O

    Big Brown’s connections are quiet because their worst nightmare is about to take place…Curlin is running in the Classic. They only mouthed off because they didn’t think he was.

  • Anonymous

    I really hope that Casino Drive beats both Big Brown and Curlin. Now THAT would make for something good to talk about!

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