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Breeders’ Cup Pre-entries – Initial Thoughts

You’ll want to go over these today – I’ll be doing that on a train shortly, with more to come later. In the meantime, here are a few quick thoughts —

  • Zenyatta’s first preference is the Classic – huzzah!
  • Dar Re Mi is down for the Turf, with the F&M Turf as her second choice; also good.
  • Summer Bird has the Turf has his second choice – I’d love to see him try this at some point.
  • A thought inspired by Mine That Bird in the Classic – should the Kentucky Derby count as a Win & You’re In race? Not knocking him specifically, since he has been working nicely and since I think his other Triple Crown race efforts are underrated, but would a horse who had done nothing since winning the Derby automatically get a spot in the Classic? Just wondering.
  • Square Eddie has first preference in the Turf Sprint – that seems a good fit.
  • Chocolate Candy is technically out of the field at this point (with his first preference, sensibly, being the Dirt Mile) – I’d rather see Quality Road try the Dirt Mile, currently his second choice over the Classic – perhaps he could take on the Mile next year. Like Summer Bird, I think he could do quite well on the grass.
  • Black Astor in the Marathon, trained by Lisa Lewis – does that make five female trainers with Breeders’ Cup entries this year (including Helen Pitts-Blasi, Josie Carroll, Carla Gaines and Jenine Sahadi)? Did I miss anyone? I worry that may be a record.

8 comments to Breeders’ Cup Pre-entries – Initial Thoughts

  • The_Knight_Sky

    It's good to see the female trainers doing well these days. Hopefully one of them will make it into the winners circle.

    Mine That Bird's "fluky" win in the Kentucky Derby underscores that anything can transpire in one "championship" race. Including perfect trips achieved through pace meltdowns.

    That's why too much emphasis on singular performances on Breeders Cup Day would be a mistake. Eclipse voters must consider the entire body of work during the racing year.

  • Valerie

    Linda Rice's Canadian Ballet should get into the Turf Sprint, as she's first in preference, and Fleeting Spirit's first preference is the 6f Sprint and Game Face's first preference is the FM Sprint. So, that would make six?

  • Valerie

    Oh, my gosh, and how can we forget Mary Hartmann (Mary Hartmann)…sorry, couldn't resist…with Presious Passion in the Turf? That's seven!

  • Valerie

    Oops, add another! Diane Alvarado is listed as the trainer of Eldaafer in the Marathon! Damn! 🙂

  • railrunner

    Wonderful blog you have here, I just started mine a couple of weeks ago and Ive been looking for other racing blogs to connect with.
    I love Helen Pitts, and I think she has a terrific shot at the Classic this year with Einstein. He'll be my choice to win (partly sentimental) unless Zenyatta is entered, I'm afraid to go against her! (:
    Great blog!

  • Thomas Rooney

    Nice blog as always. Would you be able to email me when you get the chance? There is something I would like to run by you.

    Thanks a lot,


  • Anonymous

    Horse racing needs more fans! Few people know anything about horse racing outside of the Kentucky Derby. Whether or not the derby field was weak, or a long-shot won, the winner’s subsequent races draw attention, and people come out to watch. Of course the Kentucky Derby winner should get a free birth in the Classic. Let’s be real; few people will recognize the names Awesome Gem, Richard’s Kid, or Girolamo. We can be certain that people will be following Mine That Bird.

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