Here we are, the last weekend before the Election. Thank GOD. Whoever wins, whatever the results, I am so ready for this to be done. And because of the main players running, I am already looking toward 2020 to right this ship.
This weekend also beings us something good and exciting, at least for those of us who love horse racing. Yes, it is the Breeders’ Cup Classic weekend. Racing began on Friday at Santa Anita Park, but the big one, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is Saturday night , 8:35 EST. That is the one toward which people turn their eye after the Triple Crown races are done. There are other good races, of course, but this one is the culmination of the racing season, and is a Big. Deal.
Two of the big time horses running in the Classic are one little horse about whom you may have heard, California Chrome, our Helen’s favorite pony:
4. California Chrome (1-1)
Owner:California Chrome LLC
Career record: 24 starts – 15 wins – 3 seconds – 1 third
Career earnings: $13,432,650
Earnings per start: $559,694
Pedigree: Lucky Pulpit – Love the Chase, by Not For Love
Running style: Stalker/pacesetter
Notable achievements and interesting facts: California Chrome and his rags-to-riches story captured the heart of the America when he won the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but his 2015 season was more memorable for its miscues than its successes. With a new ownership group of original co-owner Perry Martin, Taylor Made Farm, China Horse Club and others, California Chrome has gone undefeated in 2016 with victories in the Dubai World Cup, TVG Pacific Classic, and Awesome Again Stakes. He is the richest North American-raced racehorse of all time, and a win here would vindicate his third-place finish in the 2014 edition and make his trainer the oldest ever to win a Breeders’ Cup race.
It is hard not to have a soft spot for this horse who was purchased for all of $10,000 and who has now gone on to make millions and millions.
Another favorite of mine is Frosted. I just love the grays:
2. Frosted (5-1)
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Owner: Godolphin Racing
Career record: 18 starts – 6 wins – 6 seconds – 2 thirds
Career earnings: $3,912,800
Earnings per start: $217,378
Pedigree: Tapit – Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister
Color: Gray or roan
Running style: Stalker
Notable achievements and interesting facts: Frosted ran in American Pharoah’s shadow for much of 2015 but came into his own this year, tallying a blowout victory in Dubai in February, winning the Metropolitan Handicap by 14 ¼ lengths on Belmont Stakes day and winning the Whitney Stakes by an easy two lengths in August. He disappointed when finishing third in the Woodward Stakes but his connections have been impressed with his training and he will take another crack at the Classic this year after finishing seventh in 2015. Frosted is owned by Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin Racing.
The numbers by their name indicate their post position, just in case you were wondering. If you would like to see who else is in the field, you can click HERE.
Friday night’s race, the Longines Distaff, included another favorite of mine, Beholder. Beholder has quite a storied record, though she was quite ill in 2014, and could not run in the Distaff then. Beholder couldn’t run in the 2015 Classic either due to an illness. She sure did run in this one, though, the last race of her career. And she WON by a nose! What a way for her to go out. WOW, that was a great rrace!
The “Filly and Mare Turf” race on Saturday includes another comeback kid contender, Lady Eli. Here is more about this filly:
The first filly he (Jay Hanley) purchased for his stable, one who took the fledgling owner and partner Sol Kumin on a remarkable journey to the Breeders’ Cup winner’s circle in the 2014 Juvenile Fillies Turf, was deathly ill and battling laminitis, a condition that felled many great horses before her.
“Last July, it was very, very, very questionable,” he recalled. “I flew down to see her because we thought she might be gone. It was definitely life and death. There was about a week there where we thought we were going to lose her. It was absolutely an emotional rollercoaster, totally out of control.”
When Lady Eli steps onto the track for the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita Park, her arrival at that moment will mark the culmination of countless hours of nursing care and combined decades of skilled horsemanship and teamwork. Hers is a remarkable comeback that also bears testament to a fighting spirit and iron will.
“This filly, it’s remarkable what she’s accomplished, but it’s not surprising, because it’s her,” said trainer Chad Brown. “Being around this horse all this time, since she was 2, you learn her personality and how incredibly talented she is and how tough she is, physically and mentally. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
What an amazing story of recovery for this Lady. I can’t wait to see how she does on Saturday.
The Breeders’ Classic will wrap up the horse racing season of 2016. Until next year…
This weekend also marks that magical time when we get to set our clocks back an hour on Saturday night (early Sunday morning).
The only problem with this is that my animals do NOT get this concept at all. Nope, not one bit. They are crawling all over me at what they believe is their appointed time to be fed. Sigh. Bit by bit, I will get them to accept the time change. No doubt they will be all set by the time we “Spring Forward”!
Well, that’s it for me. How are you spending your weekend? Trying to ignore Politics like I am? Watching some good movies or tv shows? Reading a good book? Do share.
This is the Weekend Open Thread.