Top Ten Breeders’ Cup Classic Races Everyone Should See
Top Ten Breeders’ Cup Classic Races Everyone Should See: The 2014 Breeders’ Cup is quickly coming, and the talks of the Classic, the Distaff, and every race in between has been talked about. The Classic is the focal point for the two-day Championships. This year’s Classic may be ripe for an upset, as our major horses are out or retired. Palace Malice is retired until further notice after a recent purchase by Three Chimney Farm. Will Take Charge was retired. Game on Dude is retired. Wicked Strong is finished for the remained of the year. V.E. Day is likely to skip the Classic and make a switch to turf, or make his next start in the G3 Discovery Handicap. Tonalist needs to answer the questions about taking his racetrack with him. California Chrome doesn’t seem the same as he did the beginning of the year. Can Bayern get the 10F? So many questions surround the Classic this year, it is quite possible the one horse that every handicapper overlooks could go off with high odds, and shock the racing world.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is set to take place at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, November 1, 2014. It’s currently scheduled as the 12th race of the day with a 5:35 PM PT Post Time. While we still have time to figure these things out, the Classic has seen some amazing horses. Let’s look at the Top Ten Breeders’ Cup Classic Races!
#10 – Arcangues – In 1993, Jerry Baily was seeing his French import for the first time in the paddock before the big race. He remembers not knowing what the trainer told him, as he was French, but that didn’t stop the team from becoming the biggest upset of the Classic in history. Tom Durkin called 99/1 but he crossed the wire at 133/1, paying $269.20 to a $2 bet.
#9 – Curlin – In 2007, Curlin was hoping to grab year-end honors with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He would be crowned, not only Three-Year-Old Champion, but also Horse of the Year. He ran one of the best races of this race, over the mud bog that was Monmouth.
#8 – A.P. Indy – In 1992, A.P. Indy entered the Classic hoping to add it to his resume, along with the Belmont Stakes. He decisively pulled away to a three-length victory. He would be named Horse of the Year with this win.
#7 – Drosselmeyer – 2011 was the year another Belmont winner came from the clouds to steal the Classic. Drosselmeyer only got into stride in the homestretch. He made up ground with monstrous strides in the middle of the track to take the Classic by surprise.
#6 – Ferdinand – 1987 was the race where the two Kentucky Derby winners Ferdinand and Alysheba would mean, deciding who was the better champion. While Ferdinand won the 1986 Derby, he proved to be a bit better that day. He held off Alysheba’s charge by about a head.
#5 – Cigar – The 1995 Breeders’ Cup was one of the races that Cigar managed to add to his impressive win streak. In the slop at Woodbine, Cigar managed to win in track record time of 1:59.54. He would be crowned Horse of the Year for 1995 after this win.
#4 – Sunday Silence – 1989 was full of rivalry. Sunday Silence was the one horse that was not supposed to make history. His rival was the regally bred Easy Goer, meant to go down in history. Sunday Silence was 2/3 winner of the Triple Crown, before his rival got the best of him in the Belmont Stakes. Sunday Silence took revenge in the Classic when he held on by a desperate neck to win over Easy Goer.
#3 – Tiznow – Tiznow won the 2000 and 2001 Breeders’ Cup Classic, but the 2001 edition was quite special. A little over a month removed from the tragedy that was the attacks on September 11. Tiznow was able to hold on to win over European invader. “Tiznow wins it for America” was one of Tom Durkin’s best calls.
#2 – Ghostzapper – 2004, Ghostzapper was entered by legendary Bobby Frankel. All those in racing determined that Ghostzapper would make his name as a sprinter. He had participated in races such as the Vosburgh and Kings Bishop. Stretching out to 10F was quite a task. Ghostzapper passed the test with flying colors when he pulled off to win in 1:59.02, a track record that still stands for the Classic. That day, Ghostzapper was faster than Secretariat.
#1 – Zenyatta – In 2009, Zenyatta entered the Breeders’ Cup Classic, run at Santa Anita Park. She was hoping to exit the race undefeated, and undefeated she stayed! She put away champions Summer Bird and Gio Ponti to get to the wire first. She was the first and only female racehorse to win the Classic.
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