Farewell to the big, beautiful chestnut champ Justify. His Triple Crown campaign was an amazing gift for horse racing fans who will go on to tell the story of Justify, the horse who only began racing as a three-year-old, going from maiden in February to undefeated Triple Crown winner in June.
With Justify’s belated start to racing and late arrival on the Derby trail, he had no time for for a layoff, running six races straight. His Triple Crown campaign tested him on the rainiest day in Kentucky Derby history (where he became the first horse since 1882 to win the Derby without having raced at two-years-old), and then he was pressed by Good Magic in a thick fog on another sloppy sealed track at the Preakness. Three weeks later he emerged still undefeated, and a Triple Crown winner, on a beautiful day at Belmont Park.
Justify earned his time away from the track, but it is sad to see an ankle inflammation end his future racing plans because he will not be ready to complete his career with a Fall Breeders’ Cup campaign as originally planned. His owners do not want to risk racing him at four, and his breeding rights may be sold to Coolmore for $45 million.
Del Mar’s going to have to completely redo the surface if they want to host again.
Ding ding ding
And then some. That was a horrendous Breeders’ Cup with a track surface that was somehow weirder and more quirky than when Santa Anita was freaking synthetic.
I was at Santa Anita for one of the synthetic meets. And yeah when you combine the Turf upsets it makes no sense.
Someone around half way through the card was saying upsets are normal for BC. It’s not normal for only two faves to win. And 90 percent of them to run up the track!
Yeah. It’s not normal for the favs to finish WAY up the track in nearly every race, for jocks to be five paths off the rail on the dirt course, and for 20-1 upsets to start looking like low odds.
I was super excited about a NY-bred winner, but when Bar of Gold, a mare who has been bouncing around and losing every random race in NY they stick her in, wins the F&M Sprint, something’s up.
The fact that it extended to the turf made it extra weird, but this certainly wasn’t a weekend that qualified as the “world championships.” Not when so many gifted horses ran so terribly.
One to three upsets is normal, nor the amount here…
I dunno about that – more favorites won this year than last year. Since this year we had Mendelssohn & World Approval and last year Obviously was the only favorite to win. Not to mention Rushing Fall who was a morning-line favorite winner.
I think my main thing is because so many did so dismally. Not just get upset but run up the track (Stellar Wind, Unique Bella, Happily) it seems worse.
Gun Runner wins Breeders’ Cup Classic battle royale
The leading Eclipse Horse of the Year candidate is Gun Runner, wining the 10 furlong, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar. It was the fourth win in a row for the Steve Asmussen trainee, and his fourth Grade 1 win in a row, his last defeat having been to Arrogate in the G1 Dubai World Cup this year. Bob Baffert trainees Collected and West Coast completed the trifecta. War Story was fourth. Arrogate, last year’s Classic winner, finished in a dead heat for fifth as the favorite. Gun Runner was a very close second choice in the wagering.
Someone’s like 37,000 isn’t a good attendance for the Breeders Cup. Well considering Del Mar has an attendance cap I would disagree. Could it be better, maybe but this isn’t Santa Anita we physically can’t for 50,000 in here.
Honestly, I’m pretty livid with Del Mar. They got the Breeders’ Cup and have managed to have such a wildly biased track that 60-1 shots are starting to be expected and horses have to run several paths off the rail for fear of getting completely burnt up before the second turn? Like come on, people. You got the Championships, have your track up to standard.
I don’t think they’ll be back to be honest. Been fun at least…