- Steve Davidowitz reports in DRF Plus that the main track at Churchill was wet down and manicured after the Distaff to help neutralize a strong inside rail bias that had been a major factor in the other dirt races.
- The winning margin of ten lengths by Street Sense was the largest in Juvenile history, and the highest Beyer, 108, as well.
- Mike Watchmaker writes that the record handle for the Breeders Cup program is even more impressive than the ease with which it surpassed the previous record set last year.
This is nothing short of remarkable considering that with all the longshot winners in this Breeders' Cup, there was little betting churn. It's almost scary to think of what the all-sources handle might have been if the Breeders' Cup results had been a bit more formful, because if they were, money would have gone back to more bettors, meaning more bettors would have been more willing to put more money back into Breeders' Cup pools. [DRF]- You don't mind if I toot my own horn a little, do you? On September 22, before the running of the Matron for two-year old fillies, I posed the question: is it possible that Magical Ride's 102 Beyer in her winning debut at Belmont is too high? Dick Jerardi in the Form explains how and why the figure was subsequently lowered to 92.
- Vic Stauffer is out as track announcer at Gulfstream. He was notified by email, very nice.
I heard Stauffer call a race the other day at Hollywood that had a very close finish, and after the race he goes, "I think it's [so-and-so], and if it is, that's good for me!" We know that Stauffer bets on races from his appearances on TVG, which he'll have more time for now. And while I have no problem with announcers having fun doing their craft; for example, those who do imitations of other race callers and celebrities, to me, that crossed the line of professionalism. I'm sure that bettors who were smarting from the close defeat were not necessarily sharing in the announcer's joy.