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Breeders’ Cup 360

Breeders’ Cup Links

This is the third Breeders’ Cup week I’ve worked, the second on Breeders’ Cup 360, and the one thing each week has had in common is that I always think there’s going to be time to post on Railbird — and there never is. So, why not visit the site that’s taking up all my time? We have John Scheinman live blogging from Churchill Downs, post-race interview live video, picks from the BC360 handicappers, Ernie Munick on a horse, Euro commentary from Nick Luck, and, of course, on scene tweets. Looking for more picks? Visit the Hello Race Fans picks page or the HRI Breeders’ Cup Classic media picks. I went out on a limb with Paddy O’Prado in the latter, seduced by the good looking gray’s sparkling morning moves over the Churchill surface.

Catching Up

It’s been a light week of posting, all due to another site on which I work. Breeders’ Cup 360 returned on Wednesday for another season of Breeders’ Cup handicapping and chat, and the editors have lined up a solid set of contributors, including returning international correspondents Nick Luck and Fanny Salmon, and new feature writers John Scheinman and Amanda Duckworth. Best of all, we have Ernie Munick, tanned and pampered, driving the E Train. Over the next few days, more features and links will be added to the pages; over the next 12 weeks, a terrific range of content will be published. There’s a widget, and of course, we’re on Twitter.

Not one, but two articles this week on the Keeneland Library DRF archive project, one of the neatest things going in the industry these days. “We’re building a ‘Cadillac version’ of an online database,” archivist Becky Ryder tells the Saratogian. They’re also ramping up fundraising efforts, reports the Daily Racing Form, as the project will take about $10 million (or approximately $1.25 a page) to complete. Consider giving.

John Pricci tosses off a few fine phrases in this column, and several excellent points. “The connections promised they would share Zenyatta with all her fans. I wasn’t aware that all of them lived in California.” It’s 2009 all over again.

Only a Game visits Suffolk Downs. “My own pick in the first race, a $12,500-claimer, is the lightly regarded Why O My. I like him for finishing second in his last test at 135-1. Why shouldn’t he win this time at 8-1? I ask the studious Mr. Greenbaum what he thinks of my reasoning.” Not much, says Greenbaum.