JC / Railbird

All In Fun

Tim Wilkin:

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is going to be the race of the year. Zenyatta vs. Quality Road. I like the female horses. I am a fan of Rachel Alexandra and I respect the heck out of Zenyatta. But, sorry, ladies. I am taking the boy in the Classic. Quality Road is the best horse in the country.

Based on the :13.34 final furlong he ran in the 1 1/8 mile Woodward against modest competition? I hope there are a lot of bettors like Wilkin playing this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. That means a price on Zenyatta, who will win.

3:00 PM Addendum: Quality Road “got a straightforward Beyer Speed Figure of 106” for the Woodward, the lowest since Saint Liam’s in 2005.


That’s exactly what I was thinking. I really like QR, but I wonder if he can go a 1 1/4. Maybe Looking at Lucky or Blame beats the Big Z, but I can’t see QR doing it based on yesterdays performance

Posted by Robert on September 5, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

Remind me again what the point of going faster is when you’re already in front and pulling away? I’m not saying QR would be my pick in the Classic, but I’m not sure how you can meaningfully knock a horse for having a slow last 16th when he was going fast enough to win by 4 3/4 without really being asked.

Posted by Nick on September 5, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

Quality Road is a very nice horse, but a one-dimensional runner. He has speed, but no kick. That’s what cost him the Whitney this year, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Travers last year.

Posted by Jessica on September 5, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

Nick, Johnny V. wasn’t exactly “sitting chilly” on Quality Road in the stretch. Was he “riding the hair off him”? Well, no, but it was by no means a walk in the park performance.

As for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It’s a two-horse race between Blame and Zenyatta. I’ll probably have Rip Van Winkle as a “B” and a bunch of Cs but those are are top dawgs by many lengths.

Posted by EJXD2 on September 5, 2010 @ 5:13 pm