This weekend attention was turned to California where Santa Anita held the Breeders Cup meeting. Trying to figure out those races can be tough with the variety of surfaces. Guessing whether a horse will take to the dirt or not, if there's no previous form, isn't the easiest. That being said it's all very exciting seeing trainers & jockeys from all over the world turn up to battle it out on the American stage.
Many of the bigger fancies of the weekend got found out as Dank, Toronado, Telescope & Shared Belief (although maybe a slightly tainted defeat) were all turned over under the California sun. One that can't go without mention is Bobbys Kitten. An absolute joy to watch in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Coming round the bend for home in last position Bobbys Kitten had it all to do. Joel Rosario took the tough route, having to go wide to get a clear run. He had the whole field to beat & did just that to get up & pip Frankie on No Nay Never, with a majestic late surge. It was a sight to behold. Having been previously run at a mile plus, the drop to 6 furlongs brought out the best in the Chad Brown trained 3 year old & was a highlight of the meeting.
The big race really did live up to expectations (see the full race in the video below). California Chrome claimed revenge on Tonalist who denied Cali Chrome the Belmont stakes, for the final piece of the prestigious, triple crown. Getting the better of California Chrome, Jamie Spencer did everything right on Toast Of New York from gate to post. It looked as if he was going to get there, stretching on as the line came, but Bayern toughed it out & held on to take the cool 5 million dollar sum for his troubles. The undefeated favourite for the race, Shared Belief took a knock from Bayern exiting the stalls, as many from the wide draw veered left. Immediately after the race there was a stewards enquiry but it deemed the interference to be at a stage in the race that did not affect the outcome, & the result stood. Shared Belief did make a go of it finishing 4th after the incident. I can empathize with those connected, & backers of the undefeated 3 year old, but hey, that's racing & a dramatic close to the Breeders Cup for another year.