Favorites are losers at Del Mar Breeder's Cup
- By SARA CAVANAGH
DEL MAR, Calif,--Del Mar Race Track sadly was the winner in the Breeder's Cup, Nov. 3-4, with its track beating the favorites in almost every race on the card.
The biggest loser was Arrogate, a great race horse who simply couldn't handle the track at Del Mar.
Arrogate was slightly favored over eventual winner Gun Runner in the $6 Million Classic.
The experts on the television coverage of the Breeder's Cup said over and over again that Arrogate wasn't the same after Dubai, but he didn't have a chance to show his true ability after Dubai, as his final three races were all at Del Mar, a track, as his jockey Mike Smith said after the race, he simply couldn't handle.
"Del Mar was clearly not a level playing field," said Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. "It was a shame that Arrogate went out the way he did. I blame it on the track. It's surface is not what all horses like. Only two favorites in 13 races won."
"It's a shame, with so much money and so many championships on the line," said Sheppard.
"The track at Del Mar changed form," said renowned bloodstock agent Russell Jones. "Some horses relished it, and others hated it."
Being a seaside track, the going is very different from all the other tracks in the country that are inland tracks.
Golfers know the huge difference between the land at a links course by the sea and the land at inland courses.