Notes From The Track 10-25-2012
Turning Our Attention To The Breeders' Cup!
The Breeders’ Cup is in sight and the racing world is starting to focus on Santa Anita Race Track in California as many of the top horses will make an appearance in the prestigious event on November 2nd and 3rd. Despite the excitement, there are still a few other stories to follow in thoroughbred racing.
With British thoroughbred and all-time great Frankel having retired after a magnificent career that saw him win 14 times in 14 starts, another undefeated horse that isn’t local to the United States has taken the top spot in the Horse Racing Nation power rankings. Black Caviar is a female sprint horse that is enjoying a spectacular career in Australia. She is the winner of 22 consecutive races to start her career and has brought home nearly $7 million in earnings for her owners. Of the 19 stakes races she has been the victor in, 12 have been grade I affairs, and five more were grade II. With Frankel retiring to stud there has already been speculation that when Black Caviar calls it a career, she will be among the first to mate with him. It’s hard to imagine putting a dollar value on the colt they may produce, especially if Black Caviar is able to finish her career undefeated.
The pre-entries are in for the Breeders’ Cup and racing fans will get to see a lot of familiar names take to the track in California. In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, we’ll get to see Triple Crown horses such as Alpha and Dullahan make an appearance as well as highly rated four-year-olds such as Game On Dude, Mucho Macho Man, and William Mott’s Ron The Greek. The favorite in this one is expected to be Game On Dude, who has enjoyed a nice 2012 season for Bob Baffert, having won four times, most recently in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes in Santa Anita back in September. Other notables that we are sure to see in the two day event include unbeatens My Miss Aurelia, and two-year-old sensation Shanghai Bobby. 2011 Kentucky Derby Winner Animal Kingdom and 2011 Preakness champion Shackleford are also expected to hit the track.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved Churchill Downs petition to begin adding race dates in September in 2013. The KHRC ruling means that Turfway Park in nearby Florence will be cutting back on its race schedule. Churchill Downs will begin the abbreviated September meet the weekend after Labor Day with 12 dates that will include racing on the weekend.
Take Charge Indy, a former Kentucky Derby hopeful will make his return to the track at Keeneland this Saturday. The colt last ran in the Kentucky Derby where he finished a disappointing 19th and was diagnosed with a minor leg injury that required surgery shortly after. His last win came in March as he won the Florida Derby with noted jockey Calvin Borel aboard. Take Charge Indy has been entered in the $150,000 Grade II Fayette Stakes.
- Which Horse Will Be Three-Year-Old Of The Year For 2012?
I'll Have Another may have retired early, but his terrific 2012 season makes him our pick for Horse Of The Year in the three-year-old division!