I have never liked the "Win And You're In" program that the Breeders' Cup has been putting forth lately. I should say that I do like the idea that they have automatic qualifiers for spots in the year-end Championships. What I don't like about this is that it really is not "Win And You're In" unless you are already Breeders' Cup eligible. If you are not already eligible, you still have to fork over the big bucks for supplemental entries into whatever race you qualify to get into. Therefore, it isn't really "Win And You're In", it should be "Win and You're In If You Are Either Already Eligible Or Pay Up". I guess that doesn't have the same sing-song ring as "Win And You're In".
Anyway, there are three new "Win And You're In" races overseas for spots in three races at Churchill Downs this autumn. The Group 1 Prix Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois at Deauville gets you into the Breeders' Cup Mile. The Group 1 Vincent O'Brien Stakes at The Curragh puts you into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Finally, the Group 2 Qatar Prix Niel will get you a spot in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Of course, once again, this is especially true if you are already nominated to the Breeders' Cup, otherwise you had better bring your checkbook.
Tune in tomorrow for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!