Being On Hand Was Worth The Trip

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 30, 2008 in Breeders Cup, General Discussion | No Comments >>

Watching the Breeders’ Cup this year was worth the trip. I usually hunker down after making all of my wagers in front of my TV and catch all of the action. I love the interviews, human interest stories and the coverage. This year was different for me.

I liken this year to watching someone eat a steak, or having a sizzling beauty brought to your table with all of the extras that make it a meal to remember. I am sure glad to have had the opportunity to sit at the big table.

The weather was picture perfect. You couldn’t have asked for a better day. The crowd was a little smaller than I expected, but the track was ready for anything that came through the doors. The back drop of the San Gabriel’s, the history of the track and the competition set to go post-ward could make a bulldog break a chain. In race fan terms, I was excited as hell……

On day one if you could ask for more than watching two wonder runners, you may have been asking for a lot. The ladies did not disappoint…

In the 2-year-old Bessemer Trust Juvenile Fillies, a grey blur by the name of Stardom Bound was just that. Mike Smith was aboard one of his three wins for the day, and made a move on the turn like wind blowing through the trees. She made it look as if they were all tied to a pole when she danced right on by 5-wide and opened up on the field at will. Remember her name, you will hear from her in the future.

Being on hand to see Zenyatta was incredible. She came in undefeated, and left the track that way. Once again, Mike Smith made the fans glad they were on hand. She scorched The Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic like nobody’s business. The way she glided over the 1 1/8 made you wonder just how good could she be?

Day one was suppose to be an appetizer. It was intended to be the Oaks to the Derby. But on this day, we may have seen just a little more. More than we could have expected. It was one day, but it will be discussed for a long time.