The fall meet at Keeneland came to a close on Saturday and I break down the results from the weekend including some impressive performances in Saturday’s stakes races from Nakatomi, Camp Hope, and Independence Hall. Of course, one of the big themes of the final Saturday in Kentucky was the weather as rain turned the track into a muddy mess, which had an impact on those running and we found out more about the surface versatility of different horses. For as much as horse racing fans love Keeneland, two people who are thrilled to be leaving are Steve Asmussen and Ricardo Santana Jr. Asmussen, the all-time winningest trainer in North America, went an astonishing 1-57 for the fall Keeneland meet. However, not to be outdone, Santana Jr. put up a .000 winning percentage. That’s right, he went 0-81 at Keeneland. Both men will hope for better luck out at Del Mar next week.
Speaking of the Breeders’ Cup, I also break down the latest news coming out of Del Mar. After much consternation about the event being held at Del Mar, we saw roughly the same number of pre-entries as previous years and a record number of international entries, led by the European contingent. However, nearly as soon as the pre-entries were announced we started getting news of scratches. I give you the latest on which horses have scratched, which horses have filled in for them, and whether those scratches alter the outcomes of any of the races.