The grand handicapping challenge of the coming 2010 Breeders' Cup is what to do about Zenyatta - and that is a question at the top of the list for almost every handicapper.
Of course, if it's only money one seeks, without the glory of handicapping, three guys who had been fraternity brothers at Drexel College figured how to get all they wanted in 2002, in what became know as the Fix Six Scandal
As we look to Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic and Zenyatta's race for perfection, we take a look back at her racing career.
"I think my biggest, most crushing defeat was in the beginning of my racing and gambling life when Sunday Silence defeated Easy Goer again in the Breeders' Cup Classic," says racing writer and handicapper John Scheinman, recalling the Classic of 1989 at Gulfstream Park, in which Sunday Silence beat rival Easy Goer in the fourth, and final, match-up of an epic rivalry that kept racing fans transfixed throughout the 1989 season.
"Sometimes, all you need to know is one thing," says Louisville attorney J. D. Raine, an avid racing fan who has followed the Breeders' Cup from its inception, and occasionally happened onto a very nice pick - such as hitting a very difficult-to-foresee exacta in the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 1988, the first time the Breeders' Cup was run at Churchill Downs.
The best trainers of Breeders' Cup contenters, Philadelphia Daily News columnist Dick Jerardi says, circle the Breeders' Cup date on the calendar and then plan their top horses' schedules backwards. Everything for the whole year planned to lead up to that day.
A favorite, Chief's Crown, won the first Breeders' Cup race at Hollywood Park in 1984 and paid $3.40. If anyone thought that would be the norm from there on, they were wrong.
Phil Lynch was having a bad day at the track. Through the first five races of the 2004 Breeders' Cup championships at Lone Star Park, in Grand Prairie, Texas, Lynch hadn't picked a winner, hadn't cashed a ticket. But suddenly he flashed to a famous Seinfeld episode in which the George Costanza character is lamenting his failed life
3-1 Morning Line favorite scratched.
A horse is a horse, of course, unless the horse is...Zenyatta?
Here’s a strong field of facts and figures to help Derby-centric race fans better understand the international ins and outs of the Breeders’ Cup.
Say you’re a horse. An ambitious horse. How would you, a fleet-footed quadruped, sign up to run in the Breeders’ Cup?