Breeders’ Cup News & Notes- 2018

Breeders’ Cup News & Notes- 2018

Postby PJMIII » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:23 am

Leaders Named For Louisville’s 2018 Breeders’ Cup Host Committee

Although it has only been two weeks since the conclusion of the 2017 Breeders' Cup Championship at Del Mar, work is already underway with regards to the 2018 event, which will be held at Churchill Downs for the first time since 2011.

https://www.paulickreport.com/news/bree ... committee/
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Re: Breeders’ Cup News & Notes- 2018

Postby PJMIII » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:40 am

Breeders' Cup Championships Adds Juvenile Turf Sprint

The Twin Spires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) purse will be increased to $2 million.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... urf-sprint
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Re: Breeders’ Cup News & Notes- 2018

Postby Kennedy » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:52 am

Because what the Breeders' Cup was really missing was more horses emerging directly from maiden special weights.

Never too early to crown someone a "champion".

The press release just makes no sense to me. The official reasoning seemed to be that other races get over subscribed so it seemed like they cold attract a full field for this one. Which I'm sure is true but by the same token they could also easily fill a Nwx2 Alw at 1 1/16 on the main track if they put up a million bucks for it. Someone seems to have forgotten that these are meant to be "championship" events. They shouldn't be playing racing secretary and just writing races they think they can fill.
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Re: Breeders’ Cup News & Notes- 2018

Postby Northport » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:23 pm

Didn't the Juvenile Dirt Sprint prove to be a failure? Not sure how Juvenile Turf Sprint would be much better. Switch the Marathon to turf and increase the distance to 2 miles, that could be fun.
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Re: Breeders’ Cup News & Notes- 2018

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:03 pm

We have seen some tremendous grass sprinters over the past few years (Black Caviar was kind of an international star :P), and they've drawn quite a few fans. The BC may be trying to create a race that will draw the Lady Aurelia's of the future.
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Re: Breeders’ Cup News & Notes- 2018

Postby bare it all » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:55 pm

Absolutely hate the idea of adding -yet another race- to the Breeder's Cup glut, but at least it's not the Breeders Cup Derby and then a Classic race in December.... yet. :?

I understand the idea is to draw in more international players, but they already have the race for that? They haven't done a very good job drawing the best of the best in the Turf Sprint division in years past, so not sure how tossing a Juvie Turf Sprint race helps anything. How many 2YO aussies or HK based horses (where turf sprints seem to be king) will ship in for this?
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Re: Breeders’ Cup News & Notes- 2018

Postby Northport » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:52 pm

Hong Kong horses don't race until Summer of their 3 year old year. Their horses in training sales take place when the horses are 3, and their Derby/Triple Crown type series is limited to 4 year olds.

So in the case of 'how many HK sprinters will this attract? None!
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