Author Archive: John Asher
The closing weekend of the Churchill Downs Fall Meet is always a lovely jumble of emotions and sensations, but it never fails to be special.
Trainer Buff Bradley had planned for his streaking Breeders’ Cup star Groupie Doll to spend the Thanksgiving weekend and a few tranquil weeks on the family farm near Frankfort, Ky. before gearing the current queen of Kentucky racing up for a 2013 racing schedule.
The brief Fall Meet at Churchill Downs is frequently most memorable for its hints of racing’s future embodied in the performances of promising and well-bred 2-year-olds, the horses that could step into racing’s brightest spotlights the following spring in the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.
After a pair of record-setting years at Churchill Downs, the Breeders’ Cup Championships return to Southern California Friday and Saturday for the event’s two-day run at Santa Anita.
With the Breeders’ Cup World Championships just over two weeks away at Southern California’s Santa Anita, stakes are high and rising for participants in its series of wide-open races that could have a larger-than-usual impact on year-end championship honors.