Breeders’ Cup Preparation – Part II

by Glen S.

Now that you have watched your replays and have some solid opinions on horses to either bet or bet against, it’s time to move on to the next step. Start looking at additional handicapping resources to get the extra info you may need.

Part II: More preparing for the Breeders Cup

Santa AnitaGood and bad information. Step one: understand the source you are getting this info from. Some information that is given out is simply an opinion. For example “Horse A should really take to the Santa Anita surface.” Why does this person think that – is it breeding, is it because he saw a race at another track with a similar surface or did the trainer mention to him that the training sessions have been good? I would only take that above statement if it was the last source.

At this point I wouldn’t listen to anyone’s selections. We know all the horses entered but what happens if one of them isn’t entered or scratched? Another speed horse doesn’t enter or gets scratched and now there is no pace to run it. Scenarios like this completely change the race shape.

What I would look at is how the horses got to where they are at now. Some runners needed to win the previous race to get in, while other runners would not be fully cranked. McKinzie, I am not sure if the horse was or was not fully cranked for his last race, but McKinzie didn’t need to win and get in.

There are many proven trends that show which horses do well at the Breeders Cup by going in certain races and which ones struggle. Get to know those trends. There is lots of information you can find about that. I follow the trends like this, a favorite should have strong trends (and few holes) before I would consider them. Longshot are longshots for a reason, there are always a few holes in them somewhere.  Find the positives you can grab on to.

Only one week to go, don’t get left behind in the research.

Breeders’ Cup Contender Omaha Beach Impressive in Return

You can’t say enough about Omaha Beach’s return to racing in the Grade 1 $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. He stayed off the pace and then came firing on the inside to win by a head over heavy favorite Shancelot.

Mandella was in a good mood after winning Saturday’s race.

“I’m just very relieved to have him back,” Mandella said. “At the eighth pole, I thought we were [going to be] clear, but it took some race riding.…This horse has a heart of gold and he’s got the greatest personality of any horse I’ve ever had. I would say anything’s possible.”

Winning the race gave Omaha Beach a free pass into the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, which may not be the race he wants to run in.

“I want to enjoy this one, but the [Breeders’ Cup] Sprint, the Mile and the mile-and-a-quarter (Classic) are all possible,” Mandella said. “We’re gonna run in the Breeders’ Cup. For now, I’ll just drink that big bottle of champagne and think it over.”

More from John Cherwa at the LA Times:

Local race horse owners hoping to have Breeders’ Cup runner

The recent Saratoga Race Course meet was a solid one for local race horse owners Ralph Durante and John Buckley, both of North Haven, as they hope for the success to continue in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup.

“The meet was great, a million people were in attendance (entire season) for the fifth straight year and the racing overall was exciting,” Durante said. Durante and Buckley are horse-race owners as part of the Donegal Racing syndicate. “Our Donegal Racing group had horses in nine races during the meet. Most of our horses were 2-year-olds and we had one winner, two thirds and a fourth place.

“Everyone showcases their horses at Saratoga at a track where the competition is the best in the world. All the owners want their 2-year-olds to be be viable 3-year-olds to become potential Triple Crown prospects.”

The last day of the Saratoga meet was on Labor Day. A week after the Saratoga meet, Donegal Racing entered Arklow in the $1 million Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs. Arklow won the race in 2018…

Getting to Know the BCBC Boys – Tournament Players

Nice profile / handicapping piece from a few years ago by Ren Hakim Carothers

We’ve long marketed our sport as that of kings. While this packaging does reflect the money that goes into breeding, training, and running these majestic athletes, heightening the stakes and romanticizing the idea of triumph, it can also convey exclusivity. It’s no wonder why horses with blue collar backstories competing at elite levels have captured the imagination of those outside our industry on more than one occasion. David, meet Goliath.

It’s time that mainstream audiences realized you need not be an owner of a horse, a trainer, or jockey to delight in the spoils of victory. Racing is not merely a spectator sport. It’s interactive. You simply need a ticket -a bet slip- to go along for the ride, and the fact that it’s not just the horses competing for seven figures this weekend puts an exclamation mark on that point.

BCBC Tournament Players

Again, the BCBC Bonus Boys are fascinating. Take Stephen Thompson, who is known as the “Undertaker” on the betting circuit, as an example. He is from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where he’s the owner and licensed director of Thompson Funeral Home, Inc, which was started by his great-grandfather in 1890. He fell in love with racing at the tender age of ten, going to the races with his family, and has won entry into the BCBC seven of the last eight years. Stephen says you get so pumped up in these tournaments, but he has to stay “flatlined” to stay focused, and that, should he win, the first check he’s writing is for $100,000 to benefit retired racehorses. “Without them, we have nothing!”

There are two entrants looking to pull off a BC/BCBC double. David Lanzman was hooked on racing after he and a couple of friends snuck under the fence at Hollywood Park as teenagers, having a security guard place what would be winning bets for them. He realized you could make life-changing scores playing the ponies when, with his $400 rent due and …

Breeders’ Cup 2018: Early Week Workouts include Yoshida

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Oct. 22, 2018) – On a blustery Monday morning beneath the historic Twin Spires, Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) hopeful Yoshida (JPN) worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 in preparation for the 1 ¼-mile race on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.

Yoshida, the two-length winner of the Woodward Stakes (GI) on Sept. 1 at Saratoga, began his work at the five-furlong pole in company with 2017 Kentucky Downs maiden special weight winner Morocco through eighth-mile splits of :13.20, :25.60, :37 and :49 prior to galloping out six furlongs in 1:14 and seven furlongs in 1:28, according to Churchill Downs’ clocker John Nichols. Morocco completed his breeze after a half-mile in :50.

“He’s just doing great,” Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said. “We’ve been really happy with him since we got to Churchill last Thursday. Even though he’s a Grade I winner on the grass (in the May 5 Old Forester Turf Classic), we thought the Classic is the best route.”

Yoshida has won five starts in his 11-race career with purse earnings of $1,289,770 for owners WinStar Farm, China HorseClub International, SF Racing and Head of Plains Partners.

“We’re just very fortunate to be in the spot we are,” WinStar Farm’s President and Racing Manager Elliott Walden said. “It was a great work this morning. We were all so thrilled on Derby Day to get his first Grade I win in the Old Forester and then return over the summer to win the Woodward on the dirt was very special as well.”

Mott has won the Breeders’ Cup Classic twice before with Cigar (1995) and WinStar Farm’s Drosselmeyer (2011).

“I think going into this year’s Classic Yoshida has a better chance than Drosselmeyer did,” Walden said.

In the barn adjacent to Mott on the Churchill Downs backstretch is fellow Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Mind Your Biscuits, who was pre-entered to run in the Classic as his first option but could also pre-enter in either the Dirt Mile or the Sprint as a second option, according to trainer Chad Summers.

Breeders' Cup Trophy, Churchill Downs

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Pre-entries for all 14 Breeders’ Cup races were due at noon (all times Eastern) Monday. The pre-entry announcement will take place on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

The stream of the pre-entry announcement, which will be hosted by Caton Bredar and Churchill Downs’ Joe Kristufek will be available on the Breeders’ Cup website,

Official Mobile App and Facebook page.

The Official Breeders’ Cup mobile app can be downloaded via the links below:

iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/breeders-cup-mobile/id1297424320?ls=1&mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yinzcam.venues.breederscup

Locally, the event will take place in The Parlay’s Media Briefing Room at Churchill Downs and media are welcome to attend. Breeders’ Cup Limited President and CEO Craig Fravel and Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery will be on hand to answer media questions following the Pre-Entry announcement.

Other Breeders’ Cup hopefuls on the Churchill Downs work tab Monday included Longines Distaff (GI) contender Midnight Bisou, who worked five furlongs in 1:00 outside of two-time winning 3-year-old colt Principe Guilherme, and Sprint candidate Switzerland, who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60.

Source: Churchill Downs

Breeders’ Cup Debuts Digital Series Today

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, today announces its first-ever digital docuseries. Titled “ALL IN: The Road to the Classic,” the seven-part series will debut on Facebook Watch on October 22 with subsequent episodes premiering over the following days. The docuseries will offer an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the competitive and career-making journeys of the owners, trainers, breeders and horses who strive to compete in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will take place on November 3 at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Official Trailer for “ALL IN” is now available for viewing on the show’s Facebook Watch page at Facebook.com/RoadToTheClassic.

“While hundreds of horses start out the horse racing season each spring, only 14 can enter the starting gate at the Breeders’ Cup Classic. With ‘ALL IN,’ we wanted to give fans a never-before-seen look at what it takes to make it to the starting gate and compete in one of the best races in the world, all from an entirely new perspective and on a different platform than what has been previously available,” said Craig Fravel, president and CEO of Breeders’ Cup. “Along with our television partnership with NBC Sports and our growing digital and social media channels, ‘ALL IN’ is yet another form of content we are creating for new and existing fans so that they can enjoy the sport in new and innovative ways. As the first step in a multi-year plan, we look forward to showcasing this docuseries and offering our fans additional content in the seasons to come.”

Breeders CupExecutive produced by celebrity chef and Thoroughbred owner and breeder Bobby Flay and his Rock Shrimp Productions co-founder Kim Martin, along with Hennegan Brothers Creative and Shelly Schulze, the docuseries will usher viewers through the most pivotal moments of the 2018 racing season leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, including Justify’s retirement after his Triple Crown victory and major Classic division races such as the Haskell, Whitney and Travers.

“While the Breeders’ Cup is well known to many fans as the most exciting two days in horse racing, even the most passionate followers are not necessarily aware of everything that it takes to get to the Classic,” said Bobby Flay. “Showcasing the personal stories of the fascinating characters involved is what makes ‘ALL IN: The Road to the Classic’ such an interesting project to me, and I think will make it an engaging series for both longtime fans and newcomers to the sport alike.”

The Road to the Classic Debuts Today Online

“ALL IN” will take viewers beyond the racetrack and behind the scenes into the personal narratives of both prominent industry figures, including Ken Ramsey and Barbara Banke, as well as newer contenders like Uriah St. Lewis, owner and trainer of Discreet Lover, and Chad Summers, part owner and trainer of Mind Your Biscuits.

“ALL IN: The Road to the Classic” will premiere on October 22 on Facebook Watch and will also be available on the Breeders’ Cup YouTube channel. Fans can Follow the “ALL IN: The Road to the Classic” show page on Facebook Watch now to be notified when new episodes are released.

Breeders’ Cup and Univ. of Louisville Team Up

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October, 2018) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, and University of Louisville are collaborating on a new communications course, COMM 510, which is being offered as part of the university’s Fall 2018 curriculum. Designed to provide students with practical experience and industry-level knowledge of the social media and public relations fields, the course tasks 16 undergraduate and graduate students with marketing the upcoming 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking place in Louisville, Kentucky on November 2 and 3.

“We are excited to collaborate with the University of Louisville to provide this unique opportunity for students looking to build their practical knowledge and experience in the competitive field of communications,” said Bryan Pettigrew, Chief Marketing Officer of Breeders’ Cup. “Every year we seek out interesting ways to collaborate with the local community, and together with our social media agency, Grand Slam Social, we are particularly excited to engage with local students. We look forward to seeing what they come up with to help promote this world-class event.”

During the semester, students have studied and analyzed literature related to strategic planning, influencer marketing, public relations and social media management and communication, among additional topics. Students have been divided into two teams to develop a strategic approach for covering both the Breeders’ Cup Festival and the World Championships on November 2-3. Students have been engaging in a myriad of roles including creative ideation, social listening, content creation, run of show development, influencer management, social media publishing, event attendance and data analysis.

Early this month, students will be presenting their recommendations for social media coverage and will play a key role in implementing their strategy both onsite at Churchill Downs, and remotely. By the end of the course, students will present a final report demonstrating how successfully goals were reached and providing key takeaways for future Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

“We, the students of #FrebergPR, are thrilled to be working with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships this semester,” said Candice Champlin and Megan McLeroy, group leaders of the Fall 2018 course. “This opportunity goes above and beyond the normal scope of classroom learning, providing us with invaluable real-time skills and experience. We cannot thank Breeders’ Cup and Dr. Freberg enough for allowing us this incredible opportunity. Our hands and minds are already fast at work, and we hope to make you all proud!”

“As a working professional in communications and a student in University of Louisville’s Master’s in Communications program, it’s exciting to take part in a project that goes far beyond the classroom. Partnerships like these are real-world examples of the power of public relations and media and the importance of curated content on a global scale,” said Berry Franklin IV, class team leader. “Our class is looking forward to helping the Breeders’ Cup make the races this November a success.”

The graduate-level course is being offered through the Department of Communication in the College of Arts & Sciences and is led by Karen Freberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Strategic Communications. An industry expert, Freberg has more than five years of experience teaching social media and strategic communications courses at University of Louisville. Portions of this year’s class are based on a textbook she authored titled Social media for strategic communication: Creative strategies and researched based applications. Past students of the course have subsequently secured internships and full-time roles at organizations such as Team USA, General Motors, Cision, Kentucky Derby, YUM! Brands, Adidas and Twitter.

“To have the opportunity to work with Breeders’ Cup is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to help bridge the gap between education and the industry. Our students are expected to have hands on experience and applied skills as they graduate and enter the workplace, and in a span of four months, our students here at the University of Louisville will be able to work on one of the biggest global horse racing events in the industry,” said Dr. Karen Freberg. “The city of Louisville is known for horse racing, and it is exciting for students to have the chance of not just learning about the key aspects of social media strategy and PR, but to actually implement these ideas through creative executions. I am very grateful to have this partnership between our class at the University of Louisville and The Breeders’ Cup.”

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade 1 events) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About University of Louisville

Founded in 1798, the University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area. The university serves more than 22,000 students each year through undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in 12 colleges and schools. The university has been recognized and honored for efforts in research, community engagement initiatives and commitment to diversity. UofL is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference for both academics and athletics. For more information, visit louisville.edu.

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2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic Vegas Odds

Direct from our friends at the Wynn Las Vegas race book, the best in Nevada.  Odds as of Oct. 25 for next weekend’s race at Del Mar.

HORSE OPEN CURRENT
ARROGATE 2/1 2/1
BREAKING LUCKY 60/1 60/1
COLLECTED 125/1 3/1
CUPID 65/1 25/1
DESTIN 40/1 40/1
DONWORTH 85/1 100/1
DORTMUND 30/1 40/1
GUN RUNNER 18/1 13/10
GUNNEVERA 100/1 15/1
HOPPERTUNITY 15/1 40/1
KEEN ICE 35/1 10/1
MUBTAAHIJ 35/1 15/1
SHAMAN GHOST 16/1 25/1
WEST COAST 40/1 7/1

‘Super Bowl’ of Horse Racing Worth $100 Million to San Diego Economy

Del Mar racingSan Diego Chargers may have left, but the “Super Bowl of horse racing ” – Breeders’ Cup 2017 –  is coming to Del Mar in November and will be worth $100 million to the San Diego economy.

A total of $4.5 million has been spent to upgrade the track and add 2,700 premium seating options, including a $1.5 million chalet village at the west end of the stretch run. “This is not your grandmother’s Del Mar,” said Fravel.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer estimated the two-day event will be worth $100 million to the local economy and be a significant public relations coup for both San Diego and Del Mar. “Millions of people will be watching the event on television across the globe,” he said.

Source: ‘Super Bowl’ of Horse Racing Worth $100 Million to San Diego Economy

California Chrome, Songbird Set for Breeders’ Cup

California Chrome working out spring of 2014

2014 copyright Gary Tasich

Top Stars receive post-position assignments

LOS ANGELES — The reigning king and queen of horse racing, California Chrome and Songbird, received post-position assignments Monday as anticipation began to grow for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita. There will be 13 races and $28 million worth of purses, but the main focus is centered on the $2 million Distaff… [Read more…]