Breeders' Cup News & Notes

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Hoist The Flag
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Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:16 pm

Weather looking great. Sunny Skies Friday and Saturday with temperatures in the 70's.
Hoist the Flag was the best horse I ever rode, by far... It wasn't Seattle Slew.
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Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:17 pm

halo wrote:
Kay16 wrote:Ron the Greek out of the Classic with a quarter crack. And this news blows! He appeared to be coming into this ready for another monster effort after the JCGC.

http://www.drf.com/news/breeders-cup-cl ... rter-crack
Ive never been so confident of him as I was him running this weekend. Ruined my whole day.
His JCGC and the way he's been training, a lot of people were starting to lean towards him.
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Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:34 pm

Cleburne out of the Juvenile, bucked shins is what they're saying.
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Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:29 pm

The Dirt Mile will be Hymn Book's last race. Happy retirement, big fella! He may be looking at a future stable pony career, per HR TV
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Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:27 pm

Simon Bray ‏@SimonTVG now
13 of the last 14 two turn races on the main track @santaanitapark ,the winner was no worse than 2nd at every point of call.


Watched some races today -- mostly a conveyor belt.
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Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:51 pm

second_glance wrote:Simon Bray ‏@SimonTVG now
13 of the last 14 two turn races on the main track @santaanitapark ,the winner was no worse than 2nd at every point of call.


Watched some races today -- mostly a conveyor belt.
ugh
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:05 am

Tessablue wrote:
second_glance wrote:Simon Bray ‏@SimonTVG now
13 of the last 14 two turn races on the main track @santaanitapark ,the winner was no worse than 2nd at every point of call.


Watched some races today -- mostly a conveyor belt.
ugh
Don't forget it should remain in SoCal forever, to have and to hold, etc.

I honestly don't watch racing outside of NY often. Is this par for the course?
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:42 am

Here are A LOT of pictures of BC horses from Santa Anita over the last 4 days. They are GREAT!
http://www.zenyatta.com/discussions#/di ... -in-photos
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:41 am

For those watching the works, a list of the exercise saddle cloth numbers. (sorry if this is a repost, I searched)

http://www.breederscup.com/sites/defaul ... sSheet.pdf
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:23 am

I was so unhappy with the Cup last year because it was like a Merry-Go-Round, "look the horse on the lead won." It wasn't even satisfying to watch because the bias was so severe. Was hoping it would be better this year, but doesn't look like that will be the case. :evil:
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:43 am

Somnambulist wrote:
Tessablue wrote:
second_glance wrote:Simon Bray ‏@SimonTVG now
13 of the last 14 two turn races on the main track @santaanitapark ,the winner was no worse than 2nd at every point of call.


Watched some races today -- mostly a conveyor belt.
ugh
Don't forget it should remain in SoCal forever, to have and to hold, etc.

I honestly don't watch racing outside of NY often. Is this par for the course?
The Breeders' Cup World Frontrunning Championships! Four days ago, Watchmaker actually did an analysis of the track's biases in the past few weeks - http://www.drf.com/blogs/santa-anita-track-profile In short, it hasn't looked like a carousel until very recently.
My view on this data is, the relatively low percentage of front-running speed winners to overall speed winners suggests that there is not a developing, or existing, speed bias on the main track at Santa Anita that is so dominating as to render secondary all other handicapping considerations. That said, it is undeniable that there is a trend over this given period where it has become increasingly preferable to be very close to, if not right on, the early pace on dirt at Santa Anita.
Probable dirt bias aside, this is a fun year. Eight returning winners, eight G1 winners in the Turf and F&M Turf, an interesting field in the Mile, some fascinating betting races... I won't complain about the fields. This is what it's all about.
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:58 am

Cleburne out of Juv with bucked shin, will be ok
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... ucked-shin
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:20 am

Marty McGee ‏@DRFMcGee 26s
BREAKING NEWS: Taptowne (#1, 15-1) is SCR from the #BreedersCup Dirt Mile (R8) with foot bruise. Feel bad for @tgly and @b_hernandezjr.
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:07 pm

second_glance wrote:Marty McGee ‏@DRFMcGee 26s
BREAKING NEWS: Taptowne (#1, 15-1) is SCR from the #BreedersCup Dirt Mile (R8) with foot bruise. Feel bad for @tgly and @b_hernandezjr.
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... -dirt-mile
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:21 pm

Looks like the track might be a conveyer belt. $77 winner ran wire to wire in the second race.
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:24 pm

I'd say it is. Heir of Storm went 21.73, 43.7, etc.. 7f in 1:20 4/5.. It appears to be pretty damn fast. We might see some track records today..
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:55 pm

I am not happy to discover that TVG is not showing the races from Santa Anita. I knew that they couldn't show the BC races live, but thought that they could show the undercard. Frack.
Yeah, I get to watch on Calracing...5" image vs. widescreen TV. :evil:
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:59 pm

What a conveyer belt...front-running 47-1 colt wins the Golden State Juvenile.
Be on the front or be a loser.
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:06 pm

Jay Hovdey ‏@JayHovdey 2m
Warm and cloudless at Breeders' Cup--horses coming back covered with mud. Front runners spared nasty spray.

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second_glance
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Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:12 pm

LOL.

horseracinghl ‏@horseracinghl 2m
FWIW, water trucks were out on the track now before the 4th race. In other news, Beholder seen doing jig of glee in shedrow. #BC13
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