Show Ponies

You are going to miss it on Saturday night.

The most prestigious race in all of horse racing – the Breeders’ Cup Classic – will take place at 8:30 PM at Santa Anita Park on Saturday night. These are the best horses in the sport and they are  given the prime time spotlight for the first time in the history of the event. The purse for the event is $5 million. Even that raises eyebrows in a sea of unreal excess that makes a stakes race look like it doesn’t belong on the same card.

And you will miss it.

Oregon takes on USC and Alabama battles LSU in a superb evening slate of college football games that will decide how the Bowl Championship Series shakes out. A tremendous lack of quality horses highlight the Classic. It’s a true shame. Game On Dude, regarded as the best horse on the planet right now, will go off as the post-time favorite. I’ve never even heard of the second choice. No offense to the connections of Fort Larned, but that’s the problem with the event this year. There’s no storyline that will draw casual viewers to the race. There’s no Zenyatta. Besides horse fans and handicappers, there’s truly no real draw to watch the event.

That’s a shame. The Breeders’ Cup concept couldn’t be a better one placed in a horrible time on the sports landscape. Put the event in the last Saturday in August when there’s absolutely nothing happening in sports. Make it the signature event at the end of summer. There’s really no need to run the races in November when we are already attached to college football.

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