The Breeders Stakes... ...Redux... ...And The Results Are In
It's been seven days since the Breeders Stakes and quite frankly I've needed the time to allow the race to digest.
First of all... hats off to "the man in the hat" (Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield) who not only upset the Breeders Stakes to capture his eighth Breeders crown but managed to doubled up just twenty-four hours later, sending former Ohio Derby winner Palladio to the winners circle in the 09' edition of the Seagrams Cup. Congrats Roger on another fine weekend.
Second... Now that I've given Mr. Attfield all the credit in the world...can someone please explain to me just how the sly ol' devil was able to claim the most prestigious three-year old turf race in the entire country with a horse that nobody wanted for even 20,000 dollars just a few short weeks? If you have no idea what I'm talking about Perfect Shower, the horse that stole the third leg of the Canadian Horse Racing Triple Crown ran in a $20,000 claiming race just a few months ago. When asked how he managed to get away with running a $150,000 purse winner in a $20,000 race, Attfield coyly responded "I knew nobody would claim him based on his prior form" Being amongst those gathered at Woodbine Racetrack when Perfect Shower could have been purchased for less then the cost of my most recent automobile will surly become a thorn in my side for years to come.
Third...And finally.... Did you see the effort displayed by my selection Reservoir, who was only beaten by two of the twelve horse entered in Sunday's big race. I was honestly concerned that the super long Woodbine turf stretch would be Reservoir's undoing if he was unable to develop a significant lead by that point in the race.
I wasn't entirely right, Reservoir was game in the stretch despite not having the lead, however my suspicions were not altogether obsolete. Reservoir could not handle race winner Perfect Shower, who under a confident ride from three time Breeder Stakes winner Jono Jones blew past Reservoir like he was standing still. Second place finisher Guipago needed a little more effort to put away my selection but was certainly up to the effort on this day.