Sunday, October 2, 2011

Breeder's Cup 2011 plans and other quick notes on horse racing

With the Breeder's Cup a month away, now is the time to start finalizing plans. Like last year, we plan to watch the Friday races at home, then hit the hay super-early. We will then wake up at around 3am to drive to Churchill Downs. Let's hope there are no lake effect snowstorms in Indiana this time!

Then on Saturday night after the races we will drive to Lexington and stay the night there, then spend Sunday in the Lexington countryside, visiting stud farms and watching the Fasig Tipton bloodstock sales. Then Monday morning we have an appointment to feed the lovely Serena's Song peppermints before driving home. Whew--busy weekend, but the best and only kind to have in Kentucky!

Of course, we will take lots and lots of photos and I will post them on the blog once we're done.

Yesterday, a lot of final prep races for the Breeder's Cup were run, including the Kelso Handicap, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Lady's Secret and Beldame Stakes. The impressive winners of the day were Uncle Mo in the Kelso and Havre de Grace in the Beldame.

I don't know what words can be accurately used to describe the power of Uncle Mo's surge down the stretch over a sloppy track. What amazed me most was that jockey Velazquez merely had to let Uncle Mo see challenger Jackson Bend at the top of the stretch before the colt made his big move. Uncle Mo worked a blazing 4f in 46 and change earlier in the week so we already knew he was in top form, but being human, one cannot help but be so impressed by his performance in the Kelso.

Havre de Grace easily defeated top filly Royal Delta in the Beldame. She is now pointed towards the Breeder's Cup Classic and will attempt to become the second filly since Zenyatta to win the Classic. But if Uncle Mo also races in the Classic, that will not be an easy task for her.

On a sad note, I found out that champion mare Fleet Indian passed away at Summerwind Farm due to colic. We had the great opportunity to meet her (and feed her peppermints) during our trip to Kentucky in May of this year. Rest in peace, beautiful girl!

Fleet Indian and 2011 Medaglia d'Oro filly, Castlegrace


1 comment:

Christine said...

If you havn't, Winstar is a must see. Thier breeding side and training side, just so cool how they run their farm.

I could go to Ashford every year, just a breathtaking place. Giant's Causeway and Fusaichi Pegasus are just so impressive to see, and Lookin At Lucky would be nice to meet to.

Sanibel's boyfriend is no longer at Millennium Farm, so sad :(

And wouldn't Bernardini be nice to meet, he is the next super hot sire! Can't go wrong with El Prado! (we will finally have G1 quality runners foaled in Illinois, yippy!)