Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Did You Know...?

Photo: Terri Cage
This blog post is a bit different than the others I’ve written. Instead of writing an article, I decided I would write a list of “Did you know…?” questions about horses pointing towards the Breeders’ Cup.

Did you know that…?
·         BC Marathon contender Birdrun is a former claimer, having won a maiden claiming at Saratoga by over ten lengths as a three-year-old

·         If Holiday for Kitten runs in the BC Turf Sprint and wins, she will be the first filly or mare to win the race, though females have contested in the race nine times

·         The dam of BC “Win and You’re in” Natalma Stakes (GIII) winner Northern Passion  also ran in the Natalma, finishing fourth, beaten just 2 ¼ lengths

·         Dual grade one-winning juvenile filly Weemissfrankie, who so far has raced solely in California, is New York-bred

·         BC Juvenile or Juvenile Turf contender Dullahan is a half-brother to Mine That Bird

·         If Turbulent Descent wins the BC Filly & Mare Sprint, she will have won four grade one races at four different tracks

·         Jackson Bend did not win any races last year, but if he wins the BC Dirt Mile, he will have three victories this year, including two grade ones

·         If Goldikova wins the BC Mile for the fourth year in a row, she will surpass $8 million in earnings

·         Top BC Juvenile contenders Union Rags, Creative Cause, and Hansen have won eight races together, with a combined winning margin of 49 ½ lengths

·         The dam of America’s top candidate for the BC Filly & Mare Turf, Stacelita, was a stakes winner

·         In the last sixty days, BC Sprint contender Euroears has had four bullet works

·         Secret Circle, possible starter in either the BC Juvenile Sprint or Juvenile, has won his first two starts by a total winning margin of 12 ½ lengths

·         Mike Smith rode BC Ladies’ Classic contender Zazu in three of her first four starts

·         BC Turf contender Dean’s Kitten has only finished off the board once this year in seven starts

·         BC Classic contender Uncle Mo has had two bullet works in the last sixty days

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