[b]Kieran Packman files his final update from the Breeder's Cup 2010 at Churchill Downs.[/b]
Everyone experiences that split second each morning when you first wake and you're not aware what day it is before your faculties click into gear. I suspect [b]Mike Smith[/b] will have wished he could click pause during that briefest of moments as he wakes to a defining morning after the night before.
So fleeting are moments in sport which are then replayed, dissected and debated for years to come. How many times will Smith replay last night's[b] Classic[/b] in his mind's eye?
For what it's worth, I'm not an attendee of the 'worst ride of all time' school of analysis. There were worse rides just in that race, particularly aboard the front runners who went off at quarter horse speed.
[b]Timeform look back on a weekend on which the Flat jockeys' title returned to the North, while there were top-class performers on show over jumps in Ireland, and on the Flat in America...[/b]
A new champion Flat jockey was crowned at Doncaster on Saturday, a total of 191 winners good enough to secure [b]Paul Hanagan[/b] the title by two from Richard Hughes. Neither of the two title-chasers added to their win tally at Doncaster on Saturday, where Dane O'Neill partnered the John Dunlop-trained Times Up to land the last major prize of the Flat season, the November Handicap.
The star of the show over jumps on Saturday was Kauto Star, who made a successful reappearance in the JNWine.com Champion Chase over three miles at Down Royal. As when winning the race in 2008, [b]Kauto Star[/b]...
[b]Can Zenyatta sign off one of the greatest careers in North American racing history with a second win the Breeders' Cup Classic, or is there something else in the field waiting to spoil the party?[/b]
If there's one reason above all others to side against [b]Zenyatta[/b] in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic, then it's probably the fact that this year's race is taking place at Churchill Downs, on a traditional dirt surface as opposed to the pro-ride track at Santa Anita, the venue for the two most recent Breeders' Cups.
In her unbeaten nineteen-race career, Zenyatta has run just twice on a dirt track, on both occasions in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park. She first ran at Oaklwan in April 2008, taking on a field of five other fillies and mares, including the 2007 Breeders'...