Week of November 8, 2010
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
Breeders’ Cup 2010 is in the books, and it was one for the ages. From impressive juveniles to historic victories this momentous, and often times raucous, Breeders’ Cup was capped off by one of the most thrilling renditions of the Classic. Zenyatta’s only career defeat came in arguably her gamest effort where she was forced out of her comfort zone and, like all champions, she rose to the occasion and gave us all a performance we’ll never forget. And the victor, Blame, after an impressive year, caps his career with the ultimate victory.
Zenyatta’s breeding plans haven’t been established yet:
Zenyatta will return to Shirreffs’ Hollywood Park base in Southern California today and stay there “for about a month.” There have been no breeding decisions made for Zenyatta yet, but Shirreffs did say that those discussions have begun.
There were a few bleak moments, including a sordid and televised jockey fight after the Breeders’ Cup Marathon and the break down and subsequent euthanization of juvenile turfer Rough Sailing. Distaffer Life at Ten was pulled up during the Ladies Classic which raised questions about why she wasn’t scratched prior to the race.
In addition to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf being the first BC race to be run under the lights, Goldikova was the first horse to win three BC races with her third win in the BC Mile. The European phenom put in an explosive run to easily put away what was one of the most exceptional fields for the event. Undefeated Juvenile Filly winner Awesome Feather was sold for $2.3 million to Frank Stronach, who will continue to race her and the dam of Juvenile winner, Uncle Mo, sold for $1.65 million to Coolmore. Expect to hear much, much more about Uncle Mo as we transition into Kentucky Derby preps.
These are just a few of the story lines of Breeders’ Cup 2010. If you haven’t already you can find recaps, analysis, opining and commentary from all angle at Raceday 360 Wire on the Breeders’ Cup, Zenyatta and Blame. No doubt much more commentary will emerge as the week goes on and folks have had more of a chance to consider all of the events, so check in often!
Here at Hello Race Fans! we’ll be taking a bit of a break with light publishing through the remainder of the month and no publishing in December. We’ll be gearing up for next year and getting ready to keep you in the loop with the long Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks prep season!