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October 29, 2019

This weekend is the 2019 Breeders’ Cup! This year’s championship races will be run Friday Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. Here’s the Breeders’ Cup’s official information on ways to watch this year’s races and related events.

For Old Friends, this time of year has some special meanings. It’s a time to celebrate our Breeders’ Cup winning residents’ achievements.


Alphabet Soup, 1996 Classic

 


Amazombie, 2011 Sprint

 


Cajun Beat, 2003 Sprint


Eldaafer, 2010 Marathon

 


Little Mike, 2012 Turf

And it’s a time to honor the champion retirees of the past.


Black Tie Affair, 1991 Classic

 


Fraise, 1992 Turf

 


Gulch, 1988 Sprint

 


Precisionist, 1985 Sprint

 


Prized, 1989 Turf

To all of their connections who have entrusted us with their retirement, our heartfelt thanks. And to our wonderful supporters who have contenders this year, all of our very best hopes for safe trips, human and horse, and for lasting glory in the winner’s circle. We are enormously proud to have your confidence and support. To Breeders’ Cup, Limited, Old Friends extends our gratitude for your many kindnesses, past and present.

Alphabet Soup in the paddock preparing for the Breeders’ Cup Classic 1996. Photo by Laura Battles.

 

So, wondering who to back in this year’s races? Here’s one way to look at it. Forget the odds. Forget the works. Consider using the Old Friends Angle. It may or may not make you rich, but it’s fun, and it’s simple. Just cheer for Old Friends residents’ direct descendants.  Who are they this weekend? By race, time (ET), and post position, here are this weekend’s Old Friends Angle picks.

FRIDAY

Juvenile Turf Sprint (4:12 p.m.)

4 Dream Shot – Gulch
(out of Miss Buckshot by Tamayuz by Nayef by Gulch)

7 Kimari – Ogygian
(out of Cozze Up Lady out of The White Lady by Johannesburg out of Myth by Ogygian)

1988 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and ancestor of current contenders, Gulch (1984-2016). Photo by Laura Battles.

 

Juvenile Turf (4:52 p.m.)

5 Vitalogy – Ogygian
(by No Nay Never by Scat Daddy by Johannesburg out of Myth by Ogygian)

10 War Beast – Gulch
(out of Special One by Point Given by Thunder Gulch by Gulch)

12 Arizona – Ogygian
(also by No Nay Never by Scat Daddy by Johannesburg out of Myth by Ogygian)

Ogygian (1983-2015). Photo by Beth Shannon.

 

Juvenile Fillies (5:32 p.m.)

8 K P Dreamin – Gulch
(out of Litigating by Point Given by Thunder Gulch by Gulch)

 

Juvenile Fillies Turf (6:12 p.m.)

3 Shadn – Ogygian
(by No Nay Never by Scat Daddy by Johannesburg out of Myth by Ogygian)

8 Tango – Ogygian
(by No Nay Never by Scat Daddy by Johannesburg out of Myth by Ogygian)

10 Fair Maiden – Ogygian
(by Street Boss out of Blushing Ogygian by Ogygian)

Ogygian deserves another picture at this point, wouldn’t you say? Photo by Laura Battles.

 

Juvenile (7:03 p.m.)

4 Storm the Court – Gulch
(by Court Vision by Gulch)

So does Gulch. Photo by Laura Battles.

 

SATURDAY

Filly & Mare Sprint (2:55 p.m.)

5 Lady Ninja – Black Tie Affair
(out of Dressed to Kill by Formal Gold by Black Tie Affair)

8 Dawn the Destroyer – Marquetry
(out of Dashing Debby out of Marquet Rent by Marquetry)

Marquetry (1987-2013)

 

Turf Sprint (3:33 p.m.)

1 Totally Boss – Ogygian
(by Street Boss out of Blushing Ogygian by Ogygian)

2 Pure Sensation – Gulch
(out of Thunder Sexy by Thunder Gulch by Gulch)

8 Legends of War – Ogygian
(by Scat Daddy by Johannesburg out of Myth by Ogygian)

 

Dirt Mile (4:10 p.m.)

3 Spun to Run – Touch Gold
(out of Yakey Way out of Is Kylie Good by Touch Gold)

Touch Gold (a 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic competitor himself) is now 25 years old. Photo by Laura Battles.

 

Filly & Mare Turf (4:54 p.m.)

7 Vasilika – Marquetry
(out of La Belle Marquet by Marquetry)

 

Sprint (5:36 p.m.)

2 Hog Creek Hustle – Fortunate Prospect
(out of Candy Fortune out of Ready for Fortune out of Fortunate Card by Fortunate Prospect)

7 Whitmore – Ogygian
(out of Melody’s Spirit by Scat Daddy by Johannesburg out of Myth by Ogygian)

Fortunate Prospect (1981-2012), our original “Grandpa.”

 

Mile (6:20 p.m.)

6 Got Stormy – Kiri’s Clown
(by Get Stormy out of Foolish Gal by Kiri’s Clown)

Kiri’s Clown (1989-2014)

 

Distaff (7 p.m.)
(No direct descendants)

 

Turf (7:40 p.m.)
(No direct descendants)

 

Classic (8:44 p.m.)

10 Vino Rosso – Touch Gold
(out of Mythical Bride out of Flaming Heart by Touch Gold)

Touch Gold, photo by Laura Battles.

All of these Breeders’ Cup contender kids sure are doing their old grandpas proud!

Beth

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