Breeders’ Cup Diaries: Who Do You Like?

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Have you decided which horses you really like at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships? It usually helps to get a cross-section of opinions from people who closely follow the sport.

As the Paulick Report team continues Breeders’ Cup Diaries from Santa Anita, we spent a few hours at the track seeking out the those “best bets” for the next two days.

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  • Ida Lee

    Here’s my problem…I don’t bet but if I did, I would bet with my heart and not with my mind. But, I really believe that in big races like the BC, the “stars” usually don’t do as well as the long-shots. So although I spent an hour and a half going over each race and marking my favorites, I’m sure it will be like last year for me when only one of my very favorites won, that being My Miss Aurelia.

    Now for my first rant of the day…I noticed that the Ladies’ Classic purse is $2 million, the Classic is $5 million which of course is mainly for the boys.  Since the last 3 HOTY have been Ladies, you would think that maybe the purse for the Ladies Classic would be at least a little closer to the boys.  This disparity between the male and female of the species in all areas of society is getting on my nerves.

    Have a great weekend of racing everybody and let the fun and excitement begin. Please pray that all our athletes this weekend come back safe and sound.

    • Hal

      Since the Ladies Classic is a restricted race for the ladies only, the Classic is open to all. If they want to open them all up and not restrict, I would agree with you. But that would fly in the face of tradition. And, don’t forget, Zenyatta did run with the boys (twice) in open company, so she made herself eligible for the larger purse, which she certainly deserved.

      • Ida Lee

        And this “restriction” and “tradition” is worth the difference of $3 million? Sorry fella…my rant is still in full force…

        • horse

          Since none of you folks are contributing 1 cent to the purse structure of the Breeders’ Cup …… it is concluded that …. you’re all “blowing smoke”!

  • Ida Lee

    Here’s my problem…I don’t bet but if I did, I would bet with my heart and not with my mind. But, I really believe that in big races like the BC, the “stars” usually don’t do as well as the long-shots. So although I spent an hour and a half going over each race and marking my favorites, I’m sure it will be like last year for me when only one of my very favorites won, that being My Miss Aurelia.

    Now for my first rant of the day…I noticed that the Ladies’ Classic purse is $2 million, the Classic is $5 million which of course is mainly for the boys.  Since the last 3 HOTY have been Ladies, you would think that maybe the purse for the Ladies Classic would be at least a little closer to the boys.  This disparity between the male and female of the species in all areas of society is getting on my nerves.

    Have a great weekend of racing everybody and let the fun and excitement begin. Please pray that all our athletes this weekend come back safe and sound.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    AWESOME FEATHER in the Ladies Classic :) She has been my favorite since May 1st, 2010 when she broke her maiden!! I adore this girl !!
    SHACKELFORD in the Dirt Mile. I watched him in the spring of 2011 at Gulfstream & I fell in love with his handsome looks!!  
    MUCHO MACHO MAN in the Breeder’s Cup Classic. He has showed up for every race & gives it all he has. 
    Those are my Favorite Horses.
    Happy & Safe Racing to Everyone!! 

    • nu-fan

      MyBig Red:  I’m putting my two bits in for Schackleford as well but really don’t know if it is my head or my emotions playing into this.  And, would love to see Calidoscopio win; at that age, that horse should make the cover of the AARP magazine.  But, seriously, it is harder for me to know where to place a few pennies with so many horses that are not that familiar to me, especially the European and Japanese ones.  This might be a great time, though, to throw a little caution to the wind and play some of the long odds.  Makes it a bit more fun.  But, regardless of which horses win, isn’t it great to see all of these beautiful creatures run?  That, to me, is the icing on the cake!  And, may they all finish their race without injury!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    AWESOME FEATHER in the Ladies Classic :) She has been my favorite since May 1st, 2010 when she broke her maiden!! I adore this girl !!
    SHACKELFORD in the Dirt Mile. I watched him in the spring of 2011 at Gulfstream & I fell in love with his handsome looks!!  
    MUCHO MACHO MAN in the Breeder’s Cup Classic. He has showed up for every race & gives it all he has. 
    Those are my Favorite Horses.
    Happy & Safe Racing to Everyone!! 

  • Hal

    Since the Ladies Classic is a restricted race for the ladies only, the Classic is open to all. If they want to open them all up and not restrict, I would agree with you. But that would fly in the face of tradition. And, don’t forget, Zenyatta did run with the boys (twice) in open company, so she made herself eligible for the larger purse, which she certainly deserved.

  • Ida Lee

    And this “restriction” and “tradition” is worth the difference of $3 million? Sorry fella…my rant is still in full force…

  • horse

    Since none of you folks are contributing 1 cent to the purse structure of the Breeders’ Cup …… it is concluded that …. you’re all “blowing smoke”!

  • nu-fan

    MyBig Red:  I’m putting my two bits in for Schackleford as well but really don’t know if it is my head or my emotions playing into this.  And, would love to see Calidoscopio win; at that age, that horse should make the cover of the AARP magazine.  But, seriously, it is harder for me to know where to place a few pennies with so many horses that are not that familiar to me, especially the European and Japanese ones.  This might be a great time, though, to throw a little caution to the wind and play some of the long odds.  Makes it a bit more fun.  But, regardless of which horses win, isn’t it great to see all of these beautiful creatures run?  That, to me, is the icing on the cake!  And, may they all finish their race without injury!

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