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Monday, November 15, 2010

BC Hangover

I can't seem to get motivated it Breeders' Cup hangover. The anticipation of some of the best races of the year build up to a crescendo, then come crashing down in a New York minute. Maybe it's because there are other things on my radar these days, but I can't seem to find my mojo...

Even the quadruple Pick Six carryover (which our three man syndicate hit four of six) at Aqueduct last Friday seemed anti-climatic in comparison to the big stage at Churchill the week before.

- It was nice to be at a jam-packed OTB (Buffalo Wehrle Drive) on Filly Friday where it was SRO. You can't beat a bucket of six beers for $10, either. We had a fun crew together to watch the races and pool some dough together while watching the fillies and mares get after it.

- Next up is Triple Crown season which has had me thinking the last few days about the results of the last few years. We really could have had a TC winner each of the last few years....think about this.....

* Curlin (2007) - a third in the Derby, Preakness win and nosed out by Rags in the Belmont...

* Big Brown (2008) - no foot issues after the Preakness and maybe he pulls it off at Big Sandy?
* Mine That Bird (2009) - don't laugh....think about this...Rachel doesn't get purchased by Jess Jackson and Calvin doesn't pull the trigger too early in New York......hmm....he really could have done it.

* Rachel Alexandra (2009) - Jess Jackson buys her before the Derby and she runs on Derby day and blows away the field (she did run very well in the slop) and she's looking at beating Summer Bird, Dunkirk and MTB in New York....possible?

* Lookin at Lucky (2010) - bad draw in the Derby...he was rolling in the slop after he was bounced around early...wins Preakness...and what might have been in the Belmont...maybe I'm reaching here...but one never knows.

* Going back before 2007, you had winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 1997-1999 and 2002-2004.

Moral of the Story: It's still a real possibility and I'm guessing it will happen sooner rather than later. No need to change the format (and this is a change for me) or race spacing, the challenge of accomplishing it over the current five period is not impossible.

- Was thinking that Zenyatta could be the only horse that could be declared the Horse of the Decade without winning a single Horse of the Year vote. No easy feat.

- How about them Bills? Funny what low expectations can do for a person.

- How about those Orangemen? (and not the ones in shorts!)

- Now if only we could get the Braves back...


Titletown Matt said...

"Was thinking that Zenyatta could be the only horse that could be declared the Horse of the Decade without winning a single Horse of the Year vote. No easy feat."

This is exactly right and I completely agree. Probably the single best insight on the HOY voting that I've read so far this year.

SaratogaSpa said...

I could argue the Atlanta Braves were the team of the 90's yet they still were only good enough to win one title.

Ernie said...

Mine that Bird had a huge TC run. People forget his Preakness and Belmont.

This year - embarrassing mismanagement.

EquiSpace said...

Thanks Matt!

Robert: The tomahawk chop still rings in my ears from all those years.

E: Right on...he was closer than people seem to remember.


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