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  • Breeders Cup Winners & Losers

       November 07, 2010

    (see all of our 2010 Breeders Cup articles)

    I'm not going to recover from this Breeders Cup weekend for awhile. In the aftermath, here's my take on the winners and losers.

    Winners

    Me: I'm a small win bettor so I'm never going to win serious money, but for me I won good money this weekend, particularly with 37-1 shot Dakota Phone and in the Turf Sprint.

    Claiborne Farm: One of their longtime clients owns Breeders Cup Classic winner Blame, who will stand stud there too. Blame's sire, Arch, is also at Claiborne and his reputation was not only enhanced by Blame but also by being the broodmare sire of Juvenile champ Uncle Mo.

    More Than Ready: He sired both of the Juvenile Turf winners, More Than Real & Pluck.

    Mike Repole: The billionaire owner of Uncle Mo not only owns Uncle Mo, but was a breath of fresh air in the Winner's Circle when he declared that he was going to celebrate Mo's victory by "getting so drunk tonight".

    Racing: Zenyatta brought out a bunch of casual fans and hopefully some of them stay interested in the game. My advice is if you're friend or family with these people, "give" them a few horses to follow next year. They won't be Zenyatta, but at least it's something.

    Zenyatta: She could not have been more gallant in defeat.

    Losers

    Me: I'm heartbroken over Zenyatta's defeat. I have to console myself with the fact that both Man O'War and Native Dancer had one blemish on their record. They didn't deserve to lose and neither did she.

    Bob Baffert: I love Baffert, but his horses didn't really perform. Lookin At Lucky ran well to be 4th in the Classic and will be a force next year, but the rest of the barn didn't do much, which is too bad because I really find Baffert quite delightful.

    Calvin Borel: Much of the goodwill Borel has earned through his popular Kentucky Derby victories evaporated when he acted like a complete maniac during his Winner's Circle brawl with Javier Castellano.

    Racing: While lots of new fans got into Zenyatta, racing doesn't have a plan to keep them, do they? Of course not. Plus, one horse was euthanized yesterday and another, Life At Ten, was completely failed by all of the people who let her run in the Ladies Classic on Friday. The horse needs to come first.

    Zenyatta: She's only a loser in the most literal sense, but it still sucks.


    Posted by kris at November 7, 2010 10:04 AM

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    #  November 8th, 2010 8:32 AM      kris
    I did some calculations and if you bet my pick (my real picks, not including the universe's gift of Chamberlain Bridge) $2 across the board you would have come out with a $92 profit.  
     

     

     


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