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
"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.
Breeders’ Cup planners suffered Kentucky Derby envy. Or perhaps Kentucky Derby intimidation is a better diagnosis. That’s why it took five years to bring the Cup to Churchill Downs.
Because every state establishes its own rules for racing, including veterinary care, the Breeders’ Cup has to announce and enforce its strict veterinary standards wherever the meet is held, demanding a fully equipped trauma center as well as two state-of-the-art equine ambulances.
You can fit 45 Thoroughbreds on a DC-8. But horses crossing an ocean to race in the Breeders’ Cup have more legroom than some of the fans who flew into Louisville this week.
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?
Some must-sees for out-of-town guests to check out during the Breeders' Cup.
A rundown of this weekend's races.
Any list of preferred local neighborhoods is going to have its “duh” candidates — the ones familiar to anybody who has ever asked advice about house hunting.