TVG- Horse Racing & Online Horse Betting
What is it we look for in a great horse race on TVG? An amazing upset? A come from behind win by the favorite? A nose-to-nose finish? The 2010 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky gave us all of that.
Dakota Phone went off at 37-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and pulled ahead in the home stretch for an amazing upset.
What more could a horse racing enthusiast ask for in the biggest American racing weekend of the year? Yet despite all this excitement, the weekend left me lacking.
However, it was what happened in the winner’s circle that drew everyone’s attention.
Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano had kept blowing on his arrival in the events that took during the race will.
Castellano, aboard Prince Will,took a sharp cut to the inside of the track in the final turn, cutting off Martin Garcia on Romp (almost dumping him in the process) and Borel on A.
It’s easy to understand why Borel was so angry.
The problem is this is Breeders’ Cup – a nationally televised event.
What happens in the jockeys lounge stays in the jockeys lounge, but letting this happen in the winner’s circle is unacceptable.
Both Borel and Castellano should be punished, if not suspended for brawl.
Incidentally, it’s ashame TVG didn’t offer it as an event because I would have put $20 to win on Calvin “The Ragin Cajun”" Borel.
The Breeders Cup competitions on Saturday morning with the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf.
Continuing the trend of disappointment for the weekend, jockey Rosie Napravnik was tossed off her horse Rough Sailing when he slipped heading into the first turn.
Despite these events, the biggest disappointment of the weekend occurred in the headline event: the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The Classic was Zenyatta race, a race that had already won last year.
She was supposed to win for the second year in a row, become the second horse in history to win three Breeders’ Cup races, and retire to a life of luxury and breeding at 20-0.
He pulled a performance as impressive as it always does, but lost through the nose.
Anyone who watched the race has to believe she was the better horse but was an unfortunate victim of circumstance.
The race essentially broke into 3 groups, the speed horses up front, a smaller group of pacers just behind them, and, of course, Zenyatta in the back.
In the end, the race was nose-to-nose with Blame winning by just a hair.
Zenyatta is arguably the greatest female race horse of all time.
There are also the Goldikova’s of the world who rise to the top with dramatic wins.
But what Zenyatta has done for horse racing undeniably.
Fans flock from all over the country not only to see her race, but just to catch a glimpse of her.
In an ironic twist, the sport that once rejected television now has television channels such as TVG and HRTV devoted to 24 hour coverage of nothing but horse racing.
It can be set to look in the comfort of your own home and and bet on races from around the country.