The pre-entries are out for the 2010 Breeders' Cup with a record 184 horses on the list. For the full listing, please click here.
Grand Adventure is headed to the Turf Sprint
There are seven Woodbine-based horses making their way to Churchill Downs and the Juvenile Fillies Turf is shaping up as an excellent event for local fans as New Normal and Wyomia square off for trainers Mark Frostad and Danny Vella. I'll have a closer look at these two improving young fillies in an upcoming post.
Milwaukee Appeal will represent Woodbine in the Ladies Classic
Other Woodbine-based entrants in the Breeders' Cup are:
DELIGHTFUL MARY - Juvenile Fillies
MISS KELLER - Filly and Mare Turf
MILWAUKEE APPEAL - Ladies Classic
GRAND ADVENTURE - Turf Sprint
SOCIETY’S CHAIRMAN - Turf Mile
Society's Chairman, trained by Roger Attfield to a second place finish in the Shadwell Turf Mile to Gio Ponti, has drawn into one doozy of a field in the Turf Mile. To win, the multiple Woodbine winner will have to get past Woodbine Mile winner Court Vision; Proviso - who has won four G1 events on the trot; and one of the best milers in turf history, Goldivoka.
The race that everyone is talking about, of course, is the Breeders' Cup Classic which will feature undefeated mare Zenyatta trying a full field of fourteen over ten furlongs on the Churchill Downs dirt. Can Z put an end to all the discussion of whether or not she is worthy of 2010 Horse of the Year honours?
Here's a look at the field with a little bit of video to spice things up.
Breeders' Cup Classic - Post time: 6:45 p.m. Weight: 3-year olds carry 122 pounds, older horses 126, older fillies and mares 123. Distance: 1¼ miles.
Horse (weight) Pts. Trainer Sts.-1-2-3 Earnings
BC-Blame (126) — Stall Jr. 4—3-1-0 $1,051,467
Blame defeats Quality Road in the Whitney
f-Zenyatta (123) 50 Shirreffs 5—5-0-0 $930,000
TVG montage of all 19 of Zenyatta's wins
Quality Road (126) 40 Pletcher 5—4-1-0 $1,260,000
Quality Road romps the Woodward
Lookin At Lucky (122) 36 Baffert 6—4-0-1 $1,764,278
The Haskell was the second million dollar win for Lookin At Lucky
First Dude (122) 26 Romans 9—1-3-4 $844,640
First Dude impressed in the Preakness
2-Dakota Phone (126) 23 Hollendorfer 10—1-2-5 $427,720
A hard-fought second place finish for Dakota Phone in the San Antonia
Musket Man (126) 22 Ryan 6—1-3-2 $341,970
2009 Tampa Day Derby put Musket Man on the map
Fly Down (122) 22 Zito 7—2-2-1 $639,700
Fly Down captures the G2 Dwyer
Haynesfield (126) 16 Asmussen 4—3-0-0 $699,300
Ten furlongs? No problem! Haynesfield wins the Jockey Club Gold Cup
2-Crown of Thorns (126) 12 Mandella 2—0-2-0 $110,000
All the way back to 2008 for this Robert B. Lewis victory
1-Paddy O'Prado (122) 10 Romans 9—4-2-2 $1,429,950
Secretariat Stakes winner Paddy O'Prado
Etched (126) 6 McLaughlin 2—2-0-0 $225,000
Etched gets the best of Musket Man and Ice Box in the 2010 Monmouth Cup
Espoir City (126) 0 Adachi 3—2-1-0 $1,824,758
Japanese hopeful Espoir City wins the February Stakes
1-Gio Ponti (126) 0 Clement 6—2-3-0 $1,524,000
Gio Ponti captures the 2010 Man O' War
1-Morning Line (122) 6 Zito 5—3-2-0 $672,650
Pleasant Prince (122) 11 Ward 10—2-2-2 $530,788
Crown of Thorns has first preference in the Dirt Mile
Dakota Phone has first preference in the Dirt Mile
Gio Ponti has second preference in the Mile
Paddy O'Prado has second preference in the Turf
Morning Line has second preference in the Dirt Mile
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I made a trip to the Woodbine backstretch on Wednesday morning and will try to speak with the connections of all the contenders in the short span of time left before the Breeders' Cup.
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