You can find any manner of unlimited editorials regarding the weekend’s Breeders’ Cup races. We can boil it down to the four things we know for sure.
1) Zenyatta’s victory in the Classic was an amazing performance against one of the best fields ever assembled for the race. We don’t have a Horse of the Year vote, so we don’t have to decide who’s more deserving – Zenyatta or Rachel Alexandra. Zenyatta showed up on the championship day and beat the best they could throw at her. Rachel did some amazing things this year beating older horses and the other two three-year-old classic winners. Tough call.
2) The Breeders’ Cup (and the entire industry) needs to rethink their fascination with synthetic racetracks. They are not the cure-all everybody hoped and this year the “dirt only” horses were clearly at a major disadvantage.
3) Not so long ago, the only numbers we cared about were on-track attendance and handle. Then it was simulcast handle. Now it’s world-wide handle and new exotic propositional wagers.
4) Don’t put a blindfold on Quality Road. Period. Ever.