Week of October 31, 2011
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
Happy Halloween and Breeders’ Cup week! Final preparations will be happening all week as we gear up for 15 races spread over two days. At 1pm EST today the post positions will be drawn for both days of Breeders’ Cup 2011 and you can watch the draw on the Breeders’ Cup main site or at the Courier-Journal site.
A few decisions were made over the weekend regarding potential starters: Winchester dropped out the Turf and Cozi Rosie dropped out of the Filly & Mare Turf while Gio Ponti will go to the Mile, Switch will go to Filly & Mare Sprint, and Dullahan will go to the Juvenile. From the pleasant surprise department, it was reported on Sunday that Havre de Grace would remain in training in 2012!
On the Classic front, reports indicate that Flat Out has been working great for the Classic while Uncle Mo has been working OK. Havre de Grace, who made a good impression jogging on Sunday morning, will have her final work this morning, and one has to suspect that there will be no lack of coverage. The European contingent arrived at Churchill Downs over the weekend and Goldikova, who will attempt to become the first horse to win four Breeders’ Cup races, is set to hit the track for the first time on Tuesday. Be sure to check in daily to the Daily Racing Form’s Clocker Reports for eye-witness accounts of how the contenders are looking throughout the week.
Keeneland closed their meet on Saturday while Churchill Downs opened their meet on Sunday with the Stars of Tomorrow card. Odd inclement weather forced Belmont Park to cancel half way through Saturday and miss their scheduled last day of the meet. Racing opens at Aqueduct next weekend.
In international racing, the Melbourne Cup is this Tuesday November 1 (around midnight EST on Monday in the U.S.). Get to know more about the history and importance of the race with our Ten Things You Should Know. We also have a nice introduction on how to handicap Australian racing as well as an in-depth look at this year’s field at Raceday 360!
Later in the week we’ll be publishing a Cheat Sheet for the Ladies Classic and the Classic in addition to our picks for both days. This year we have a fun twist in store as we go head to head with our friends at WirePlayers! We’ve also updated our Breeders’ Cup Turf Trends handicapping piece as well as our Play the Breeders’ Cup From Home wagering piece.
We also have a Ten Things for the Breeders’ Cup as a series, the Ladies Classic and the Classic and will be adding a new one for the Mile, where Goldikova will attempt to break her own record and become the first horse to win four Breeders’ Cup races. And finally, we’ll also do our now second annual Breeders’ Cup History Watch at Raceday 360. Here’s last year’s, who could have predicted the First Televised Jockey Fight? Not us!
2011 Breedersâ€™ Cup Broadcast Schedule
Fri Nov 4: ESPN2/ESPN3 4pm ET with the Ladies Classic at 7:30pm ET
Sat Nov 5: ABC 2pm ET â€“ 3:30pm ET
Sat Nov 5: ESPN2/ESPN3 3:30pm ET with the Classic at 7pm ET
Check probable starters at Horse Racing Nation’s Stakes Tracker
See you at the track!