By Gene Kershner
Next Friday and Saturday afternoons, the Breeders’ Cup (BC) will start its two year run at beautiful Santa Anita Park with the San Gabriel Mountains as the backdrop for thoroughbred racing’s championship weekend. The track will host 15 Breeders’ Cup races over the two day time frame just outside of Los Angeles in its return as the host venue.
The last time Santa Anita hosted the Breeders’ Cup, history was made with Zenyatta becoming the first female to capture the Breeders’ Cup Classic since its inception in 1984. I happened to be in the stands that day and the roar from the home town crowd when Zenyatta was flying down the lane was something I’ll always remember as a great moment in racing history.
One major change since the 2009 races in Arcadia, is that the synthetic Pro-Ride track has been converted back to a conventional dirt track, so reviewing the 2009 chart for the dirt races won’t do much good for those handicappers looking for the best angle to gain an edge on the betting public.
Here at the TBN, we’ll bring you coverage from Santa Anita, on the Sports, Ink blog starting with a Thursday preview of the Friday races with special focus on the BC Ladies Classic, which is a race loaded with talent. On Friday, we’ll have recaps from the day’s results and provide news and notes as the day progresses.
On Saturday we’ll have an advance in the print editions of the BC Classic with our Post Time selections of the $5 million race to be held in prime time on the East Coast at 8:30 p.m. on NBC (Ch. 2). We’ll be live blogging on the Sports, Ink blog all day on Saturday starting with the first of nine BC races right through post time of the Classic. On Sunday we’ll have a post-race commentary on the Classic and overall wrap-up of the two days of championship racing.
Make sure you check back here next weekend for our thoroughbred racing coverage of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup.