Wednesday morning quick picks, Breeders’ Cup version

So, here we are, two days away from the Breeders’ Cup. You may, like me, already be feeling a little inundated with information: stories, photos, odds, angles, handicapping.

But if you’re still seeking information, check out Keeping Up with the Breeders’ Cup at Raceday 360. You’re probably already checking out the Raceday360 Wire, an essential and easy way to follow a wide variety of racing writers, so while you’re there, click over to the Breeders’ Cup section.

Still hankering for info?  Hello Race Fans! offers handicapping advice and features on racing here and abroad, along with the history of some of the big races.

[Full disclosure: I’m a contributing editor at Hello Race Fans!, which recently acquired Raceday 360.]

But I’ve got nothing to do whatsoever with Breeders’ Cup 360, but I have been daily using its stats page as I’ve researched articles this week. It’s an inexhaustible source of information…

…as is Thoroughbred Times’ Breeders’ Cup section.  Finally, Daily Racing Form offers its usual combination of handicapping and features as we get reading for the Big Days.

I head to Louisville on Thursday, so I’m not sure how much you’ll hear from me between now and then.  This week, I’ve working with trainer Dale Romans on a series of Breeders’ Cup diaries for Thoroughbred Times. Please check them out:

Day 1:  Paddy O’Prado

Day 2:  First Dude

Day 3:  What it’s like to have the Breeders’ Cup at his hometown track

Day 4: Memories of some of his past Breeders’ Cup runners

This weekend, I’ll be covering races for the New York Daily News; race recaps will be on the website each afternoon and in the print edition the following day.

I’ll also be tweeting throughout the weekend, as well as posting observations, links, and photos at the Brooklyn Backstretch Facebook page.  Come follow on Twitter, come “like” on Facebook!

In other news:

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced yesterday that once again this year, owners and trainers will pledge a portion of their Breeders’ Cup winning to the organization.  This year, connections of more than 18 horses have pledged to give back to the horses whose racing careers are over. Owners contributing are E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC (R Heat Lightning); Robert V. LaPenta and Whitehorse Stable (Cool Coal Man); Sisters in Racing Stable and Jeff Siskin (Romp), Turtle Bird Stable (Haynesfield); and Three Chimneys Farm LLC (Miss Keller).  Trainers Todd Pletcher, Nick Zito, and Eddie Kenneally are among the trainers who will contribute.  New Vocations will continue taking pledges until the start of Friday’s races, so let’s hope that more connections will pledge their support.

And finally: as big a Zenyatta fan as I am, I was overwhelmed early on Tuesday by the near-frenzy of information that came out as the big mare made her way to Kentucky from California. Various outlets were tweeting her location…IN THE AIR! Jockey Mike Smith reportedly went to the airport to watch her arrival; she got a police escort from the airport to the track; and if you look hard enough, I’ll bet that you could recreate, step by dazzling step, her entire ground journey in Louisville.

Here’s Smith looking longingly into the distance as Zenyatta’s plane arrives from California. Come on…really? Might we not be going just a teensy weensy bit over the top here?

Photo credit Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

But just in case you’re still experiencing a little Zenyatta jones, just in case that 60 Minutes special wasn’t quite enough, here’s the behind-the-scenes look at that segment, courtesy of CBS. [Update: OK, apparently this code that CBS sent isn’t working. I’ll see if I can fix it.]

Next stop, Louisville!

4 thoughts on “Wednesday morning quick picks, Breeders’ Cup version

  1. Maybe we’ll see you there. We’re staying at the Univ of Louisville Quality Suites. I have your cell number. Getting in on Thursday afternoon.

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