A Champs Is A Champ

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 18, 2009 in General Discussion, Other Events | No Comments >>

If you tuned into the Internet show on Thursday, you would have heard the talk about Champs Elysees… Anybody can toot their horn and this is not the case. We were hoping that you jumped on the bandwagon and got to see his last race in style….

Champs Elysees is a runner, flat and simple, and pure to the point. Last race out was tough, even for the best to overcome. You can chalk it up to trip handicapping and a whole lot of money lost. Hopefully, you dug into the tier levels and walked off a winner.

Garrett Gomez looked like he was riding with a little more effort than usual…He always gives a great ride, and is a money rider to say the least. But today, something seemed a little more at stake.

Juddmonte had to be happy with this ride by Gomez. The half time quickened up a bit, and he settled his runner to the back of the pack. He was content to see the others burn up on the front end, and wait for the patented ride of Gomez to pounce within the final quarter of a mile. He did a picture perfect angling out job, and got to work the last 300 yards. To me this was a great way to walk off to the shed row, if that is to be the plan. The real surprise to me was that he was 5-2. I thought there would be a margin of 8-5 /2-1 at best , but the public may have missed that last traffic filled race.

ESPN with Jerry Bailey mentioned that trainer Bobby Frankel was ill, and no matter where he was watching the race, that had to be a “picker-upper.”

Everybody was a winner who owned, trained, and rode this guy for the winner’s share of a whopping $1,927,556 purse. That does not even take in the amount wagered, or lack thereof, for a sweet payoff. I guess a trip to the breeding shed will give us years of enjoyment watching little “Champs” do their bidding…