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  • Six Reasons to Watch the Breeders Cup

       October 22, 2007

    Although I'll be off watching racing of another sort, I have to recommend that you give the Breeders Cup a try on Saturday. As a sporting event, the Cup has it all...heart-pounding finishes, colorful characters, international flavor and incredible beauty. The fact that you can also win a little money on it is just icing on the cake.

    I'm planning on writing some Cup previews and predictions later this week, but in the meantime here are a few videos that demonstrate some of the best attributes of the Breeders Cup, and horse racing in general.

    Brilliance

    This could also be titled "hope" or "dreams", as nothing inspires those feelings more than a promising two-year old colt.

    Heartbreak

    On the other hand, few things are more devastating than being on the losing end of a photo finish.

    Of course, there's always next year for some sweet redemption.

    Excitement

    You know how sometimes you look forward to the Big Game, and it turns out to be a snoozer? Well, in the Breeders Cup sometimes it turns out to be even better than you could ever have imagined.

    Surprise

    Remember what I said about that icing on the cake. Lots and lots and lots of icing!

    Determination

    Racehorses want to run. That desire has been bred into them for centuries. The best of them are full of fire and fight.

    Perfection

    A great horse is perfect. What, for example, would you change about Secretariat? The answer is, of course, nothing.

    I can't promise that this year's Breeders Cup will have anything to match those six races, but odds are that it will come close. That's racing!


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    #  October 22nd, 2007 7:18 AM      kris
    As a racing geek, it was really hard for me to pick just six great races. So, if you liked what you saw and want more, I recommend these ten (yeah, ten, I can't help myself):

    1. 1988 Turf featuring the nicely named Great Communicator

    2. the glorious Miesque

    3. the 1996 Sprint, featuring the "gray blur", Lit de Justice

    4. the world's most popular stallion snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

    5. the Guinness-drinking (really!) Pebbles makes her American debut

    6. the greatest European champion to ever race in America comes to Santa Anita, with predictable results ;-)

    7. Flanders & Serena's Song duke it out in the 1994 Juvenile Fillies

    8. the late-blooming American horse, Tiznow, in an epic duel with the great European runner Giant's Causeway

    9. his ride on Swain here is why a certain segment of American bettors will always hate top European jockey Frankie Dettori

    10. the two greatest horses in Breeders Cup history - Easy Goer & Sunday Silence

     
     

     

     


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