As a lover of horses in general and thoroughbreds in particular, one of my favorite times of the year is the Breeders Cup (BC) weekend. Practically every healthy racehorse of note in North America will make an appearance, with a healthy sprinkling of Euro invaders to add to the handicapping challenge. Big purses, big fields, and big payoffs are the order of the day. Frankly, I expect to pick no more than a couple of winners, but it’s always fun to try.
This year, the BC has seen many potential champions fall by the wayside due to injury, including Wise Dan (two-time defending Horse of the Year and favorite to three-peat in The Mile), Palace Malice (who had moved to the top of the older horse division after a stunning win in the Met Mile), American Pharoah (leading candidate for champion 2-year-old), Beholder (two time Eclipse Award winning filly) and Game On Dude (a much beloved older gelding, always dangerous on his home track). But the three year old division is particularly interesting this year and the Classic will certainly settle the honours.
On a sad note, the lead up to the Breeders Cup was marred by the announcement that Zenyatta’s weanling filly had suffered a paddock accident and had to be put down. So sad for those of us who have continued to follow Zenyatta’s fabulous career with her transition to a broodmare through zenyatta.com. I was really looking forward to Z Princess’s career and cried when I read the news. You really have to have a strong heart to love horses, because as powerful as they are, one serious misstep can spell the end. Here’s hoping everyone makes it around the track this weekend – that’s the most important thing for me.( And they're off!Collapse )