by Ed Meyer

posted on October 19, 2009 in Breeders Cup, General Discussion | No Comments >>

After watching the Goodwood at Santa Anita, I felt even stronger about Mine That Bird than ever before. Only time will tell and the clock is ticking….

November 7, 2009 – the day will come… It is a G-1 event and they will travel 1 1/4 to test the contestants…Back to the Goodwood… Calvin Borel kept this guy way back in the pack… He made a move about the final 300 yards and came off the rail in fine order. He made up three lengths very quickly. It had the look of a trip over the track. A race is better than a handful of works. On this day, he received his test. Chip Woolley should be very happy with the quick acceleration and the way that his runner took to the track. Mine That Bird will have two or three breezes before the race. I think Woolley has him tight, and there is no reason to dull his blade.

Other runners that warrant a quick look are: Summer Bird, who has gotten better with every outing. Tim Ice should feel better with effort. He has his first work at Santa Anita, and seems to enjoy the Pro-Ride surface.  Ice feels he is peaking, and his horse has a good about him..

Also add in: Rail Trip, Macho Again, and Awesome Gem. These are ones to start the focus process, and be sure to begin your Euro watch. The Europeans have done well in Southern California. I find that crazy, and could not believe it in years gone by. I felt they would have conquered New York, or Churchill. But, they seem to love the sun in Cali…. So, don’t leave them out of your exotics..

Well, there is a start. I would start reading everything you can to get a handle on runners making the final plans. Now is the time, and the day cometh. So be ready.