Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Breeder's Cup 2012

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!

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