No ‘Stars but Cup approaching rapidly

The racing world suffered what some would consider to be a disappointment with the announcement that Sea the Stars, the highly decorated European champion and Arc winner, would be retired and thus not contest any Breeders’ Cup race next month at Santa Anita.   Was it a surprise?  Surely not, especially given that any horse who campaigns across the pond is pointed to one ultimate goal- a win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Sea the Stars was victorious in that event in spectacular fashion.

So, does life go on after Sea the Stars?  Sure, but don’t expect this year’s Classic field to look like much of one if Zenyatta is pointed to the Ladies’ Classic.  Does your blood get going thinking about Rip Van Winkle taking on Einstein and Summer Bird?  Mine certainly does not.

In other Cup news Conduit was taken out of the future wagering in England by bookmakers as his status for the Breeders’ Cup Turf is in question.  It is possible that his trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, could send Spanish Moon in his place. 

I’ll spend the seven days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup analyzing two of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races in the order in which they’ll be run beginning on Friday, October 30 and ending on Thursday, November 5. 

In honor of the great Sea the Stars retirement, I’ll leave you with his greatest triumph:

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