ESPN to televise Breeders’ Cup prep at Oak Tree

The Breeders’ Cup and ESPN have gotten together on a deal to help promote this year’s Breeders’ Cup, which will be held for a record second consecutive year at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meet.

During a break on its college football doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 10, ESPN will televise one of two races from Oak Tree — the $350,000 Goodwood Stakes, expected to include Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, or the $300,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes, scheduled to be the unbeaten Zenyatta’s final prep for an expected start in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Nov. 6.

Mine That Bird is winless in three starts since his Derby win, but the gelding developed quite a following since finding the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs on May 2. He skipped the Travers Stakes because of minor throat surgery.

Zenyatta could tie Personal Ensign’s undefeated record of 13-0 with a victory in the Lady’s Secret. She’s 3-0 in 2009, including a victory in the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar on Aug. 9 when she had no pace to run at yet staged an amazing closing surge to remain unbeaten.

ESPN will also televise Breeders’ Cup prep races from Keeneland on Oct. 11 and Toronto and Great Britain on Oct. 17. The Breeders’ Cup will be held Nov. 6-7, with ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic televising the races.

2 thoughts on “ESPN to televise Breeders’ Cup prep at Oak Tree

  1. Hi Art, I was in the audience for your handicapping seminar at Del Mar on Pacific Classic Day. You had quite a good day with your selections and I want to say thanks for putting me on to some horses I would probably have overlooked like Kathy Walsh’s Caspian. I have attended quite a few racing talks and usually the picks are not much better than mine but yours were. Are you usually that good or was it just a good day for you? Thanks.

  2. Linda,
    I hope you cashed on Caspian. As for whether it was just a good day for me, well, I’m still working my day job so I guess that can answer your question for you :-) Seriously, as John Lindo said when he introduced me, I am a long-shot handicapper for the most part. Some days are lots better than others. But the good thing about playing long shots is that you can hit on a lot lower percentage and still come out ahead. Glad you stopped by to visit my blog. Please continue to come by and contribute some of your thoughts.

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