Nov 08, 2013
AMERICAN TURF CLUB LEAD-BREEDERS CUP
By: JOE GIRARDI
World Series of racing better known as the Breeders’ Cup was run over two days
at Santa Anita on November 1st and November 2nd. There
are fourteen total races with five on Friday and nine on Saturday.
Breeders’ Cup Mile and the Breeders’ Cup Distaff were the highlights on the
Friday card. The Breeders’ Cup Mile had 11 horses in the field with three year
old Verrazano going off as the slight 5-2 favorite. The fellow three year old,
Goldencents was sent off as the 7-2 second choice. Over a speed favoring main
track, GOLDENCENTS from post 11, he was gunned to the lead and was able to set
the pace while under pressure for yet another three year old Broadway Empire.
Down the backstretch through very fast fractions of 22, 44:3, 1:08:3,
Goldencents started to edge away. As they moved into the lane Goldencents held
a five length lead while Golden Ticket was closing in well from second. As they
got to the wire Goldencents under Rafael Bejarano held on by almost three
lengths, Golden Ticket was second with Brujo De Olleros checking in third,
Verrazano never seemed comfortable after getting jostled about on the first
turn and checked in fourth. That was supposed to be his last race but he may
make one more start in the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on November 30th.
Breeders’ Cup Distaff, we had a star studded field of six go postward with last
year’s victress Royal Delta going off as the 7-5 favorite. Three year olds
Princess of Sylmar and Beholder were both sent off as the 5-2 co-second choices
with Princess of Sylmar with a bit more money than Beholder. As the gates
opened Authenticity held her rail position while being tracked by Royal Delta
with Beholder just off those in third. Through fractions of 22:3, 46:1, 1:10:1,
Beholder started to move on the leaders while Royal Delta began to drop back.
Moving around the final turn Beholder under Gary Stevens took off and opened up
a clear lead while Close Hatches moved into second and Authenticity held on for
third. Royal Delta came home a well beaten fourth while Princess of Sylmar
couldn’t even beat the longshot Street Girl and she checked in sixth and last.
The final time of the race was a solid 1:47:3 and this outcome will make for an
interesting vote for top three year old filly.
on to day 2 we will take a look at the Breeders’ Cup Mile and the Breeders’ Cup
Classic. In the Breeders’ Cup Mile there was a field of 10 horses that went
postward with reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan going off as the 4-5 favorite.
Obviously, last year’s third place finisher in the Breeders’ Cup Mile came out
of the gate running, he set some sharp fractions of 21:4, 44:2, 1:08:2 to the
middle of the turn. As they moved into the lane Za Approval made a good move to
take over the as the leaders began to fade but at the same time Wise Dan was
coming down the middle of the turf course under jockey Jose Lezcano (replacing
and injured John Velazquez) and he got up at the wire by ¾’s of a length. Za
Approval held on well for second and Silentio checked in a good third at 31-1.
Jose Lezcano who is now three for three this year on Wise Dan had to step in
when John Velazquez was injured in a spill earlier in the card. He has a big
chance to repeat as Horse of the Year.
Breeders’ Cup Classic there was a field of 11 that went postward with Game On
Dude was sent off as the 8-5 favorite, very similar to last year when he had a
big year but flopped as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Coming out
of the gate there were a few horses that were sent for the lead, three year old
Moreno was sent, last year’s winner Fort Larned was battling with him with Game
On Dude just outside those two. Going down the backstretch through fractions of
23:1, 46:1, 1:10:1, Moreno began to back up along with Game On Dude while Gary
Stevens and Mucho Macho Man taking over into the lane. In midstretch, Mucho
Macho Man held the lead over European Declaration Of War with Will Take Charge
closing well down the center of the track. As they came to the wire Mucho Macho
Man held on by a nose over Will Take Charge who was a head in front of
Declaration Of War who checked in a good third in his first try over the dirt.
This was the first win for Gary Stevens in the Classic and also a first for a
woman trainer in the Classic as Kathy Ritvo trained Mucho Macho Man.
results in the Breeders’ Cup could make for some interesting voting in the year
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