Breeders’ Cup 2011 – It’s the 2011 $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. Larry Jones who trained Eight Belles a horse that finished second in the Kentucky Derby several years back is hoping that the moxie of four-footed females comes into play again.
in the 2011 $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs when he sends the 4-year-old filly, Havre de Grace against males in the marquee event.
Havre de Grace doesn’t seem daunted by the prospect of running against favored male, Uncle Mo, the colt that sent pulses racing when he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year over the same track. She’s already showed her heels to the boys by winning the Woodward Stakes in September at Saratoga.
If Havre de Grace succeeds at the Breeders’ Cup, she could become the third consecutive female to be voted Horse of the Year, following Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. And if she doesn’t, European star, Goldikova, a plain-looking smallish mare that still has the will to win at age 6, will attempt to win her fourth consecutive Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile.
“We felt we had a very special horse after we got to know her,” said Jones, who took over training duties this season for Havre de Grace. “And she’s never let us down.”
Jones said he and Porter weren’t content to leave her in her stall and protect her. They’re going for the gusto. Once they realized what they had, they decided to give Havre de Grace the chance to earn her star on the walk of thoroughbred racing.
Although Havre de Grace won the Woodwood against males, this field is tougher and that leaves her as the 3-to-1 second choice. Uncle Mo, off the promise of brilliance, is listed as the 5-to-2 favorite.
Jones says he’d be surprised if Uncle Mo was a factor in the final eighth of a mile of the race. His sire, Indian Charlie, doesn’t tend to produce 1 1/4-mile horses.
“It would be surprising to me if at the eighth pole Uncle Mo was still way out in front and not shortening stride,” he said.
The 2011 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be the 28th edition of thoroughbred racing’s season ending premier event, and will take place on November 4 and 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky