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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Breeders Cup Top Ten

This is the Left at the Gate Top Ten of horses and people I think will be in the headlines on and around Breeders Cup day:

1) Lost in the Fog – The unbeaten sprinter sprints away from the Sprint field, and right into consideration for the Eclipse for Horse of the Year, though the skeptics remain unconvinced.

2) Leroidesanimaux – They’ll be all these scary European horses with the scant past performance lines and the ‘+’ signs after their Timeform ratings (though not Dubawi) , but Frankel’s monster could make a championship claim himself with a dominating win.

3) Charles Hayward – The NYRA chief and several other NYRA officials are indicted for being several pounds heavier than listed on their job applications.

4) Sorcerer’s Stone – With all eyes on Henny Hughes and First Samurai, Patrick Byrne’s unbeaten two year old Sorcerer’s Stone blows by them both.

5) Borrego Saint Liam Rock Hard Ten I can’t decide.

6) Michael Imperioli - Taking advantage of the big celebrity-filled Breeders Cup day crowd in their continuing desperate attempt to raise some cash, NYRA sells Michael Imperioli and several thousand fans sitting on the third floor of the grandstand.

7) Wild Fit – Second in the Del Mar Debutante around two turns, Wild Fit could be the overlay of the day as the New York fans overbet Folklore and Adieu, and Jeff Mullins’ filly comes late to take all the money.

8) Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers attends the Breeders’ Cup, and refuses to discuss her position on abortion and privacy, and declines to say who she likes in the Classic or the Pick 4. James Dobson says that he does knows who she likes. Ms. Miers says she thinks that the racetrack is “cool.”

9) Megahertz – Wowie zowie. Her being there make a special day even more so.

10) Saint Liam Rock Hard Ten OK, how about Borrego, for now, anyway? Borrego’s win in the Gold Cup reminded me of Afleet Alex's Belmont in the way he destroyed his field on the turn, and he obviously wasn't hard used through the stretch - he was hardly used at all. Perhaps he’s just a horse that is blossoming now, and he obviously loves Belmont; yet he could be the third choice and the value in the race.


Anonymous said...

Your latest Top Ten entry, i.e., Breeeder's Cup Top Ten,is much better laughs than anything Letterman comes up with- God knows, we all need some laughs as the NYRA ship sinks beneath the waves. BTW, do you have an agent? I have some connections at some of the big hotels in Vegas!

Anonymous said...

What, no Ouija Board???