- The Breeders Cup is adding some "social networking" features to their online presence with a new Facebook page; and, finally, a You Tube channel which includes videos of this year's prep, along with past BC races (though they could do a better job of organizing there).
They also have a link to download "Breeders’ Cup Widgets for instant access to race videos, blogs, news and notes." And OK, I'll bite....I've added the news widget to the left sidebar here.
I don't know the first thing about Facebook, so perhaps some readers can check it out and let us know what they think. Nice to see that the BC is making an attempt to update to the 2.0 era. Still think they, and NTRA, should check out what the US Trotting Association is doing with their Harnessphere site; their own little online community.
Also see that Lauren Stitch has been added to the blog stable there. Not that I'm bitter or anything of course! :-\ But they've clearly gone for the humorless wonk approach over there. Ms. Stitch has apparently taken a near-fatal dose of Casino Drive Kool-aid. "At 1 ¼ miles, I like his chances to defeat Big Brown in a race within a race for the 3-year-olds." BASED ON WHAT???? HIS PETER PAN AROUND ONE TURN AGAINST A MEDIOCRE FIELD? Oh, nevermind, not worth the bother. That's too ridiculous a statement to even quibble with.
- Clear weather expected in Lexington this weekend. And while that doesn't affect the Polytrack for Keeneland's opening weekend, it's good news for the Somebeachsomewhere camp, as the three-year old phenom goes for the all-time world pacing record in the Tattersalls Pace on Saturday. Art Official drew into a separate division, so the Beach will once again not be able to avenge his defeat to that colt in the Meadowlands Pace. However, one gets the feeling that Somebeachsomewhere has at this point separated himself from Art Official and all the other three-year old, as he sets his sights on history and pacing immortality instead. Art Official's Bluegrass win in 1:48.3 last week was nothing to sneeze at, but it was nearly two seconds slower than the Beach's world record effort, which came after a three-week layoff and a slight illness. Pull the Pocket worries that the colt could bounce.
One training session and one huge all out race off a sickness sometimes results in a horse bouncing, even in harness.He goes in the 11th at the Red Mile with post time scheduled for 3:50 PM.
- NYRA now has a You Tube channel too.