Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bullish on the Breeders' Cup.. ..Are you Alien or something?


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What does the acronym B.C.C. stand for?
If the Breeders' Cup is the Super Bowl of the North American thoroughbred horse racing season then the Road to the Breeders' Cup "win and your in" championship series {AKA -The Breeders' Cup Challenge -- B.C.C.} is certainly the playoffs. 
Since its inception back in 07' the Breeders' Cup Challenge has continued to thrive, climbing from a 25 race 7 track mainly American affair to a full blown international event. Complete with 62 races 7 host countries and 1 mammoth coming together at Santa Anita in November.
Is the Breeders' Cup on a high? 
The B.C.C. has taken the "q" from John Public and avoided the plight of the American economy via a process of simple international diversification. 12 new international races. Seven host nations, France, England, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States.

Thanks to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, who also claimed the 08' Breeders' Cup Juvenile the Breeders' appears to be breathing a breath of fresh air. Although The Bird did not even compete in one of last years 57 "win and your in" Breeders' Cup Challenge races 34 other horses did make the starting gate for the 08' Breeders' Cup following a victory in one of the B.C.C. races. 
Of the 34 winners to make it to Santa Anita last November, 5 made it to the winners circle. An astoundingly high number give the limited number of actual Breeders' Cup races (14). Forever Together, Ravens Pass, Maram, Stardom Bound and the out of this world and still undefeated Zenyatta all capture wins in the B.C.C. and  then parlayed those victory into wins at Santa Anita in November.

This years B.C.C. 
This year two competitors, both from abroad have already qualified for the big dance @ OakTree (Nov. 6-7).
Sight Winner claimed a ticket to the Breeders' Cup Mile on April 26'th when winning the Champions Mile (Gr.1) @ Sha Tin race course in Hong Kong by a head over the front running Eygptian Ra.
Dar Re Mi won the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr.1) and will have a spot reserved in the Breeders' Cup Filly Mare Turf starting gate on November 7'th.
North American Qualifying
This weekend will see the commencement of B.C.C. race on this continent with both the Salvator Mile and United Nations Stakes going to post Saturday afternoon at Monmouth Park (not sure if I will get around to posting any prerace coverage, but check in I will certainly try)
For My Part... 

My home track, Woodbine in Etobicoke, Ontario Canada will play host to a set of six B.C.C. races and I will do everything I can to produce an up-close and personal look at the Road to the Breeders' Cup.
Zoltan Black 
The Breeders' Cup
November 6-7, 2009
Santa Anita, California
Friday November 6th, 2009
$1 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf {1 Mile}
$1 Million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint {7 Furlongs} (Gr.1)
$2 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filles {1 1/16 Miles} (Gr.1)
$2 Million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf {1 1/4 Miles}  (Gr.1)
$2 Million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic {1 1/8 Miles} (Gr.1)
Saturday November 7th, 2009
$0.5 Million Breeders' Cup Marathon {1 3/4 Miles}
$1 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf {1 Mile} (Gr.2)
$1 Million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile {1 Mile} (Gr.1)
$1 Million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint {6.5 Furlongs}
$2 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile {1 1/16 Miles} (Gr.1)
$2 Million Breeders' Cup Sprint {6 Furlongs} (Gr.1)
$2 Million Breeders' Cup Mile {1 Mile} (Gr.1)
$3 Million Breeders' Cup Turf {1 1/2 Miles} (Gr.1)
$5 Million Breeders' Cup Classic {1 1/4 Miles} (Gr.1)

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