Racing Post Ratings: Breeders’ Cup ‘produces excitement, but not champions’

by | 11.06.2012 | 10:49am

For many in the racing industry, the Breeders' Cup is one of the most important events on the racing calendar.

However, Sam Walker of the Racing Post Ratings feels that while the Breeders' Cup has its place as an important event, Walker writes “the Breeders' Cup will never be a world championship. A highly coveted end of season bonus, sure. An entertaining clash between Europe and America, but not a world championship.”

Walker maintains that because turf racing is the most popular racing surface on the planet except in the U.S., the Breeders' Cup has never, nor will it ever, create a 'world turf champion.'

“Racing around a seven-furlong oval is simply not conducive to finding a champion – it's not even conducive to finding the best horse in the race,” writes Walker. The turf courses at racetracks are most generally 'consigned to the infield' (Woodbine being the exception). “The bends are tighter, the finishes more compressed, and the hard luck stories much more common than in Europe.”

Since the Breeders' Cup races are championships, they should be different. “They are supposed to crown champions and the focus should be on testing ability rather than luck,” Walker opines.

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