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Introducing BC360

Well, that was a bit longer of a post-Saratoga hiatus than I expected, but I have a great excuse. Thanks, Superfecta, Foolish Pleasure, and Alex Waldrop for noting the launch of Breeders’ Cup 360, a site I developed for the Breeders’ Cup, which is dedicated to handicapping this year’s event and boasts a solid list of contributors, including some familiar names, such as Jeremy Plonk, Randy Moss, Donna Brothers, and Caton Bredar, as well as some less familiar, at least on these shores. Emphasis will be placed on international contenders in the coming weeks, and the site’s editors have tapped Nick Luck, a presenter with Racing UK, and Fanny Salmon, of Equidia, to provide analyses of the scene abroad. The press release covers most of the details, but there are a couple site features I particularly want to point out:

– Vlogs from Ernie Munick. As the popular leader of the Facebook group Thoroughbred Racing in New York and all-around good guy announced a few days ago, he’s been hired as the official vlogger of the Breeders’ Cup, and will be posting from Santa Anita all that week. I can’t wait to watch what the auteur behind this marvelous Rachel Alexandra video comes up with when given a pass to the biggest event in American racing outside the Kentucky Derby.

Stats from past Breeders’ Cups. New this year and linked from the BC360 homepage and breederscup.com, a nifty interface that allows fans to pull historical charts and info from 25 years of Breeders’ Cup data. Look up trainers, jockeys, sires; do a little trend analysis. Discover random facts, such as that Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, and New Mexico have each produced one BC starter (Dust on the Bottle, 2000 Classic; Bluesthestandard, 2003 Sprint; Booly, 1992 Juvenile Fillies; Ricks Natural Star, 1996 Turf), or that blue hen Hasili is the dam with the most BC starters (seven, of which two — Banks Hill, 2001 and Intercontinental, 2005 — won, both in the Filly and Mare Turf).

– Pages optimized for smartphones. Visit BC360 on your iPhone, iPod, Android, Pre, and certain BlackBerry devices, and you’ll get all the content (except for video) and comments, plus a quick way to browse tags and search. The mobile site also has a useful list of links to sites like the BC YouTube page (helpful for looking up race replays) and past results charts.

For even more #BC09, there’s a BC360 Twitter feed. Contender news, handicapping info, and site blurbs will fill out most of the tweets this month and next, but come Breeders’ Cup week, I’ll be joining Ernie et al in Arcadia to tweet live (and keep the site updated) from the track. Until then, enjoy.


Congratulations, Jessica! Best of luck and I’ll look forward to hearing more.

Posted by Teresa on September 18, 2009 @ 8:06 am

Hopefully you won’t mind me going off topic with this comment, but I disagree with something you said.

I’d rank the Breeders’ Cup behind each of the Triple Crown races in terms of significance in the U.S. racing scene.

That’s obviously a separate conversation altogether. Maybe we can both do a post on it?

Posted by EJXD2 on September 18, 2009 @ 11:11 am

Congrats, Jessica. I look forward to visiting and using the BC360 site! Hope to see you at OSA.

Posted by Geno on September 18, 2009 @ 11:19 am

Congrats and great work, definitely not more of the same! Love the stats section and am looking forward to spending more time in there. Also love that one can download charts of the races.

And interesting point of contention that Ed brings up. I think one can argue that a number of ways and it will boil down to the definition of biggest vs. significant. I think you’re both right, as I suspect you’re talking about different angles, but I hope you’ll both post on it!

Posted by dana on September 18, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

Thanks, Teresa. More will certainly be forthcoming as the site gets busier, the BC closer.

Geno, I know EJXD2 is keen on a meet-up BC week. We’ll have to organize something.

Fair point, if we’re talking significance for racing careers and determining class, then yes, the Classic races matter more to the 3YOs than any of the BC races. I was thinking “biggest” in terms of the social spectacle that is the Derby and BC. You know, people from all over the world, dressed up and drunk, cheering on full fields of good horses, outnumbering the handicappers and geeks …

The stats feature is really cool. Of course, being ever-demanding, there are a few more things I wish it could do, but as a resource, it is so useful.

Posted by Jessica on September 18, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

“people from all over the world, dressed up and drunk, cheering on full fields of good horses”

can that be the new BC tag line?

Posted by dana on September 18, 2009 @ 4:29 pm