If you haven’t been watching, the Breeder’s cup this year is amazing, with so many records to be made. Since so many home owners in the Temecula, Murrieta, and Norco areas are such avid horse lovers I wanted to get the word out before it’s over.
“Freaky Friday” (yesterday’s races at Churchill Downs) as it’s now called saw Jockeys Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano trading punches after the first Breeders’ Cup race, with an enraged Borel needing to be restrained.
Already today, in one of the most amazing performances of all time, Pluck ran behind in the Juvenile Turf Race till the last quarter after almost running into Rough Sailing (jockey Rosie Napravnik) who fell just out of the gate, but amazingly, Garrett Gomez pushed Pluck to the front like being shot out of a cannon to take the win! Fortunately, Rosie Naprovnik suffered no injuries but the horse, Rough Sailing, fractured a shoulder and had to be put down.
Another exciting event today already, Dakota Phone, a 37-1 long shot, came in from the back to win the BC Dirt Mile but the best so far was when Goldikova won the $2 million Mile for the third consecutive year, the first horse in history to earn the distinction of 3 Breeder’s Cup consecutive wins.
We are now just minutes from the Big Race and Zenyata’s chance to finish her career with a perfect record of 100% wins.
If you’re not watching, tune in to ESPN. They run at 6:45pm EST, or streaming online at:
UPDATE : After 19 consecutive wins, Zenyata finally loses…but only by a nose in the Breeders Cup final race. Zenyata had trouble at the beginning of the race and it almost looked like Jockey Mike Smith was pulling her up. Through the first half we started thinking she had come up lame as she fell hopelessly farther back from the pack. Even at the back stretch she was more than 18 lengths behind the leader when she started finding her legs and Mike Smith had to push her through the middle of the pack to shoot to the front. It was one of the most spectacular moments in racing history to see Zenyata come from that far back to the front and only lose by a nose to Blame, the front runner. Congratulations to Zenyata and to Mike Smith for giving us another memorable experience, and for being, in my opinion, the top horse in the world.