Breeders Cup Live:So it’s goodbye to the guinea pigs, Sir Percy and King Julian. It’s goodbye to the family for a week, to the nippy British autumn weather, the incessant Brexit disquisition, and increasingly excitable jumps racing posse.
Trainer Chad Brown is the undisputed king of the Turf in the States, and his mare can hand him an overdue first win in the Mile.
Uni was only third behind the reopposing Got Stormy at Saratoga two starts ago (track record time) but the winner was perfectly positioned throughout and Uni was forced to snatch up off heels at a crucial stage.
She didn’t take long to regain the winning thread, bouncing back in spectacular fashion with a stunning come-from-behind victory in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland.
The daughter of More Than Ready has push-button speed and will get the fast ground she craves. She is an each-way bet to nothing at 6-1 with Hills.
Goodbye Sam Spinner, La Bague Au Roi, Altior. Hello Shancelot, Dennis’ Moment and Code Of Honor.
To Southern California and the 36th Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park.
It won’t be my 36th – the Breeders’ Cup began in 1984 and, frankly, so did I – but my second time in attendance, having been to Del Mar in 2017. That was quite remarkable and the wild-eyed celebrations of Classic-winning trainer Steve Asmussen will live long in the memory.
Del Mar was dusty and dated, but delightful. I’m told Santa Anita is on another level.
Like Cheltenham on acid’ a Whatsapp message politely offered over the weekend. I do occasionally get the fear driving up the M6 through Shap, so one can only wonder what impact American racing’s most famous mountain range will have.
Time will reveal all, but Terminal 2 awaits so in the meantime here are some thoughts on what I feel contribute most to making the Breeders’ Cup such an extraordinary occasion
The broadcast of the post position is part of week-long coverage leading up to the Breeders’ Cup which will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2, from Santa Anita in Arcadia, California. The behind-the-scenes coverage includes a daily Breakfast at the Breeders’ Cup by TVG program which airs every morning through Thursday, October 31 featuring workouts and analysis of the contenders. There are also two special handicapping programs scheduled—Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races will be the focus on Thursday, October 31 and Saturday’s races will be featured on Friday, November 1. Both programs are scheduled to air from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET.
NBC is saddled with another major moment in thoroughbred history but having to deal with an elephant in the Santa Anita jockeys’ room.
This weekend’s Breeders’ Cup returns to the Arcadia track for a record 10th time, but none of the previous nine had the stigma of a year-long litany of horses having to be euthanized — 36 since the Dec. 26, 2018 winter/spring opener, including another last weekend.
Jerry Bailey, the 62-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,-based Hall of Fame jockey and NBC thoroughbred analyst, can justifiably wax poetic about the surroundings and history of Santa Anita, “and that’s why I always enjoy doing it there even if it’s a long trip.”
As part of 10-plus hours of coverage on NBC and NBCSN, climaxing with the Classic (Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 4), the network has ample opportunities to address and access what has happened. Essay pieces written and narrated by former Sports Illustrated scribe Tim Layden will include one that covers how the 2019 season unfolded, which can’t gloss over the controversial disqualification of Maximum Security as the Kentucky Derby winner.
Everyone loves a ‘Good Samaritan’, and here I am doing my bit for the sport I love. This is not about me owning a leading Gold Cup contender for nothing. This is about me caring for the Sport Of Kings.
For those of you wondering what on earth I am going on about, classy Cheltenham hope Kemboy could be prevented from running for the foreseeable future following a ban on entries or declarations for horses registered in the ownership of the Supreme Horse Racing Club.
The club which has risen to become a major player in jump racing, faces allegations of financial impropriety from members.
Aidan McGarry for Irish racing’s rulers the HRI, said: “We have engaged with Supreme to seek information to resolve a number of queries and concerns.
After an unsatisfactory response from Supreme, the HRI has suspended their ownership accounts from all activity, including the running of horses.