Just back from the Breeder’s Cup. What a nice expericnce. First, I want to congratulate two of our trainers, Carla Gaines and Dale Romams, for winning Breeders' Cup races. That is the height of our sport, and it is a tremendous accomplishment. Not that any of us needed further evidence, but it is proof of just how good our training team is.
Anyone who was at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon as Zenyatta thrilled the racing world knows this game still has quite a bit of life in it. In early September, after watching the Rachel Alexandra Woodward win, I thought it would be a long time before I felt as moved after a horserace. I was dead wrong. The BC Classic was just as, if not more, stimulating.
I am proud we were part of both the Woodward and the BC Classic. Awesome Gem gave it a great try, he was just not good enough. We needed a great trip and some luck to hit the board. Didn’t happen.
El Gato Malo also ran hard but could not make a dent into the lead of a very nice horse, California Flag. Gato is a sound, honest horse who will be quite a bit of fun going forward as a five year-old in 2010.
I know so many people in our industry who knocked the decision to stage the Breeder’s Cup at Santa Anita for two straight years. Well, I’ve always been a big fan of the saying “the proof is in the pudding”. Two years at Santa Anita – not one horse seriously injured, great weather, increased attendance in year two and declines in wagering less than the industry trends. Sure, the Breeder’s Cup can, and will, tweak some things going forward for 2010 (to be held at Churchill Downs).
We ran a filly yesterday at Philly Park by the name of Amazed By Grace. She was terrible as a two year old. In fact, the vets at the New Bolton Clinic indicated she had a malfunctioning heart and most likely would not be a viable racehorse going forward.
Our only choice was to give her time and see if Mother Nature could take care of this little “issue”. Off to the farm she went.
Fast forward a year. She’s knocked off four straight races. Grace has a stride the size of Texas and looks to love her work. She received a 92 Beyer number.
You’ll be hearing more from this filly in the near future.
Finally, today is Veteran's Day. I wanted to take a moment to thank all our veterans for protecting our country and our freedoms. You are the true American heroes.
Until next week.