Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Breeders Cup Warmup: the 1998 Mile

The Mile is a personal favorite because you get all types: European shippers, sprinters stretching out, horses that specialize at 9 or 10 furlongs cutting back, and even some trying the turf for the first time. You get some of the greatest champions in the sport--Lure, Miesque and Goldikova are all 2-time winners--and you get some utter bombs like Miesque's Approval, Domedriver, and Singletary.

And then you get Da Hoss, who won the '96 Mile at Woodbine in a minor upset. He was pretty injury prone, and was on the shelf for 22 months, before making his comeback in October 1998 in a minor stakes race in Maryland. His second race in two years was the 1998 Breeders Cup Mile.

And just for the record, I had a significant wager on Hawksley Hill at 15-1. I still have trouble watching that replay.

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