Mike Repole, co-founder of Vitaminwater, and owner of Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty, who has invested heavily in the Thoroughbred Industry with guidance from Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher feels New York has been "fouled" by the Breeders' Cup decision makers. "I love California but I'd be mad if New York got the Breeders Cup three times in five years," Repole stated.I wouldn't. Belmont should get the Breeders' Cup 3 times in 5 years. As it stands, it's been mostly Churchill and Santa Anita since Belmont last hosted in 2005. If the Breeders' Cup really wants to continue attracting the world's best horses, and not just the world's best dirt horses, the Breeders' Cup should be held at Belmont frequently. Most tracks, including Santa Anita and Churchill Downs, are one mile ovals with a 7 furlong (7/8 mile) turf "bull ring" running along the inside of the dirt rail. Compare that with Belmont's Widner (outer) turf track at a mile and 5/11 in circumference. It's sweeping turns are more suitable to top Europeans and although this may not have made much difference when the BC had the fall championships to itself, it now has to compete with the nascent British Champions Day at Ascot. According to the Gulf News, some of the top turf milers, including Goldikova, may be heading there instead of California.
An outstanding entry of 31 horses for the £1 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group One) — which will be by far the richest mile race ever run in Europe — includes the world's top four milers headed by superstar Frankel.
Also entered is the world's joint third highest rated miler, the brilliant French-trained mare Goldikova, who recorded her 14th success at the highest level with a record fourth consecutive victory in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville earlier.These are pre-entries; my guess is that Goldikova will still go in the BC: the money is slightly better and she has a chance to "four-peat," but in the absence of definite news, I would't play Goldikova at 5/2 in the Wynn future book.