Category: Horse Sense
In the waning moments of a Black Friday afternoon, one horse was clearly in the lead, rolling with the nine-horse field in the turn for home and looking toward the finish line of the 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare.
Although nine previous Breeders’ Cup winners were included in races of Breeders’ Cup 30 at Santa Anita, the days leading up to the race were notable for questions raised about the readiness of the best of the repeating winners and speculation about which horses were ready for star turns during the two days of racing.
This weekend’s renewal of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita offers plenty of firepower – nine previous Breeders’ Cup winners and reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan will be among those competing in the 14 races – and lots of fine wagering opportunities.
The launch of Churchill Downs’ Fall Meet promises a celebration of the end of another good year at the home of the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, but the 25-day meet that begins on Sunday, Oct. 27 is also a celebration of potential and high hopes.
Darrell Wayne Lukas has won more Breeders’ Cup races and earned more money in thoroughbred racing’s big year-end weekend than any trainer, and believes he has a hand for the 2013 renewal that provides him with a significant chance to extend both of his records.