JC / Railbird


A Great Year

Gary West on the 1988 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs:

I remember being so overcome with the experience of that 1988 Breeders’ Cup, so moved and dazzled by the proximity of greatness that I collapsed into a chair when it was all over and sat there for several moments before I could even begin to think of writing.

Less great: “… about 38 percent fewer horses are on the track than 24 years ago, but they have 114 percent more Breeders’ Cup races to run in.” (See also.)

Please Please Please

Let me, let me, let me [be greedy, writes Bob Ehalt]:

I guess also asking for a race between Rachel Alexandra and Blind Luck in the BC Ladies Classic, a matchup between an undefeated Uncle Mo and Boys At Tosconova in the BC Juvenile, and Goldikova against anyone in the BC Mile might be pushing our luck. But can anyone blame me for being as greedy as Gordon Gecko? After twiddling our thumbs for so long waiting for the best horses to race against each other, asking for a string of blockbusters in the Breeders’ Cup does not seem out of line in the least.

Get what I want this time [Jess Jackson, writes Steve Bailey]:

You have the power to make this the most exciting fall season our sport has known in decades. Simply reverse course and become the hunter instead of the hunted.

Do yourself and the sport a favor and pass up a Breeders’ Cup prep at Belmont Park and go West to take on Zenyatta on her home turf in the Lady’s Secret Stakes (G2) on October 2 at Hollywood Park.

You have nothing to lose. Although Rachel Alexandra’s fans do not want to admit this, it has become a lost season. In football terms, the clock is running down and nothing but a Hail Mary can save it.