OK, so the pre-entries for the Breeders' Cup are in and Zenyatta was double-entered in the Ladies' Classic and Classic. Apparently, her connections are leaning toward running her in the regular Classic, which I think would cost her the perfect record, but it certainly would in no way tarnish anything she has done in her marvelous career. She is a hammer-lock first-ballot Hall Of Famer, no question.
The most fascinating thing, from my perspective, announced by the Breeders' Cup was the introduction of a jockey's wager. Yes, you can wager on which jockey will win the most of the fourteen Breeders' Cup races over the two days. It is expected to feature fourteen possible entrants as well. So, this could really be a lot of fun. It can add an extra tangent to your handicapping if you are on the lookout for a jockey that could win big over the two days. For example, what if Zenyatta does NOT go in the Classic, but instead goes in the Ladies' Classic, that should be one certain win for Mike Smith? What about Regal Ransom? He might be at short odds to win the Dirt Mile with Richard Migliore. Do you then look at the other races for those jockeys you think have certain winners and see what there chances are there or do you go try to find all the other Godolphin horses that might get the services of Frankie Dettori? The possibilities are infinitely numerous with the introduction of this jockey's wager. I say, BRAVO! to the Breeders' Cup for coming up with an original concept that actually adds to the interest of the two days of racing and gives the average bettor something else to consider and the opportunity to make some more hard-earned cash.
Tune in tomorrow for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!