|Limerick and her neon pink plaid sheet|
Breeder's Cup 2012 has come and gone, and most races were not shockers...except possibly the Classic? The Classic was wide-open to start with, however, so I suppose any result was possible.
I was expecting (hoping) for Royal Delta to win the Distaff/Ladies Classic, and win she did. Uncharacteristically, she went straight to the lead and opened up the first quarter in a blazing :22-change. I'll admit I said some words that aren't fit for this blog then! I didn't feel better after seeing the half-mile time, and winced at the 3/4 mile time of 1:09-change. But then something happened, and I knew Royal Delta would win. At the top of the homestretch, her ears flicked up. After watching her run so much, I knew what that meant--she had gas in the tank, and she was going to win. She handily defied a challenge from undefeated champion My Miss Aurelia and won cleanly. What a race! What a mare!!
That race was the icing on the cake for me--the rest of the Breeder's Cup was simply a fun bonus. Groupie Doll's deserving win and Wise Dan's dominating performance were the best parts of the Saturday card. Another wonderful Breeder's Cup has come to an end, and yes--I'm a little sad we weren't there in person this year. Perhaps in 2014!