Monday, November 7, 2011

2011 BC Rundown


This years Breeders' Cup brought excitement, upsets and continued chaos in the run for Horse of the Year as well as three-year-old champion. The stage was set for Havre De Grace, Flat Out and Game On Dude to take down this years Classic as well as leave Churchill with a lock on the Eclipse Award. All three left with disappointment instead as 14-1 Drosselmeyer came charging down the stretch to edge Game On Dude and capture his first graded stakes win since last years Belmont Stakes. It is now anyone's guess who will claim the award this year.

With Horse of the Year honors up in the air, the three-year-old division isn't any closer to naming a champion after they were outclassed by their older competition in the Classic. If Stay Thirsty, Ruler On Ice or Uncle Mo could have pulled out a victory, they certainly would be be crowned three-year-old champ. Now, Animal Kingdom is back in the picture and could take home the award since none of his foes stepped up and separated themselves in his absence.

The two-year-old champ is down to Hansen and Union Rags, with Hansen most likely leading the race by a nose after that exciting Juvenile race.

As the 2011 racing season comes to a close we are left with more questions than answers. What if Uncle Mo would have had a healthy three-year-old campaign? What if Animal Kingdom wouldn't have gotten clipped at the start of the Belmont? It is going to be interesting to see who claims Horse of the Year honors and who will emerge as three-year-old champion.

Marathon - Afleet Again

*Had Birdrun and Giant Oak as both finished in the money. A.U. Miner pulled up and Meeznah did not take to the dirt well at all. 

Sprint - Amazombie

*Had Amazombie and Jackson Bend as they went 1-3. Euroears and Giant Ryan just didn't fire. 

Dirt Mile - Caleb's Posse

*Hit the exacta with Caleb's Posse and Shackleford. Just missed the Tri as Trappe Shot came in fourth.

Juvenile - Hansen

*Hit the Trifecta with Hansen, Union Rags and Creative Cause. 

Turf Mile - Court Vision

*Had Turallure, Gio Ponti and Goldikova as they all finished 2-3-4. Court Vision spoiled the ex and tri.

Classic - Drosselmeyer

*Had Drosselmeyer. Havre De Grace and Flat Out came up short finishing 4-5. Stay Thirsty couldn't compete.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Breeders' Cup Picks

The end of the 2011 horse racing season is all but coming to a close this weekend as the Breeders' Cup has finally arrived. There are two full days of horse racing as the top horses take to the turf and dirt at Churchill Downs. Come Saturday we will know who the best turf/dirt, sprint/mile horses are as well as who the winter-book favorite is as the top two-year-old's go head to head in the 1 1/16 mile Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The Championships close out Saturday night under the lights with the famed 1 1/4 mile Breeders' Cup Classic. There are several three-year-olds that will try their luck against the older competition as one looks to come away as three-year-old champion. Horse of the Year honors will most likely also be determined as Havre De Grace looks to make history and become the third female in a row to win the award. The Classic usually lives up to its billing and certainly should be an instant horse racing classic.

Saturday, Nov. 5th

Marathon: 1 3/4 Miles

11.) A.U. Minor 3-1

1.) Birdrun 7-2

5.) Giant Oak 9-2

3.) Meeznah 12-1

Sprint: 6 F

5.) Jackson Bend 7-2

1.) Euroears 4-1

2.) Giant Ryan 8-1

7.) Amazombie 5-1

Dirt Mile: 1 Mile

2.) Shackleford 7-2

9.) Trappe Shot 3-1

5.) Wilburn 4-1

8.) Caleb's Posse 5-1

Juvenile: 1 1/16 Mile

7.) Creative Cause 7-2

10.) Union Rags 2-1

5.) Hansen 10-1

4.) Drill 8-1

Cup Mile: 1 Mile

1.) Goldikova 7-5

5.) Gio Ponti 4-1

6.) Get Stormy 15-1

13.) Turallure 8-1

Classic: 1 1/4 Mile

2.) Flat Out 6-1

3.) Drosselmeyer 15-1

10.) Havre De Grace 3-1

9.) Stay Thirsty 12-1

*Make sure to Box all your Exotics....