Monday, October 16, 2006

Bernardini, Lava Man, Invasor Still On Pace
For Epic Showdown in The Classic

Bernardini: Freak or mortal?
The next Super Horse or just a very good horse
that hasn't faced stellar competition yet?
(I'm leaning toward freak)

I totally forgot to post this last week, but a week ago was the last weekend of prep races leading up to the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic on November 4th. Potential superhorse Bernardini was to have a huge showdown with Invasor, but Invasor picked up a light injury that forced him to miss the race and just train up to the BC Classic. So no big threat, but it was still his first time running against older horses. Even so, he is so dominant right now that only 3 horses even entered against him, and they all knew they were running for 2nd place money. Do you remember back when Michael Johnson would be so far ahead in the 200 meters that he would literally pull up and job the last 30 meters to the finish line, not in a preliminary heat but in the final? That is what this looked like. Bernardini looked like he was out for a light morning jog and he still ran away with it easily to notch his 6th straight dominating win. Castellano didn't even need to bring his whip along for the ride (damn, when was the last time he used it -the Preakness?). Next stop is the big one, the Breeders' Cup Classic, where he will face the best of the best and prove one and for all if he is the Super Horse that many feel he is.

Invasor (R) winning the Whitney Handicap

Out West, Lava Man won the Goodwood at Santa Anita fairly easily against a pretty good field, finishing 2 1/4 lengths in front of my Derby horse Brother Derek to win his 7th race in a row. Lava Man is right on pace for the huge showdown with Bernardini in the Classic. Throw in Invasor, and you have 3 great horses who have dominated their competition all year but have yet to face each other (lightly raced 3 year old Discreet Cat may be just as good as these three, but his handlers are being cautious with him and will not jump all the way up for the Classic) .

Lava Man is straight representin' the West Coast

This Breeders' Cup classic has more of a Clash Of The Titans feel to it than any I can remember in recent history. Throw in a bunch of other really good horses as well and it should be the best race of the year.

Breeders' Cup Classic: November 4th, 5:20 p.m. Churchill Downs. If you haul ass, you could catch the sure to be on JP at 12:30 Georgia-Kentucky game in Lexington and still make to to CD by post time. Better yet watch the game from the clubhouse and watch all of the best horses from around the world in all the BC races.

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