And this is the Breeders' Cup

THE INSIDE RAIL | by Sean Clancy

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A long journey, halfway complete. Thirty minutes before boarding Virgin Atlantic flight to Los Angeles, just a skip over an ocean and a continent, perhaps I’ll wave to Annie and Miles as we fly over Virginia. We do fly over Virginia, don’t we? My British friends asked me all week, “Who do you like in the Breeders’ Cup?” I thought, “Hmmm, who’s in the Breeders’ Cup?” Radio tomorrow afternoon, guess, I better study.

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Ah, the horses in training sale at Tattersalls. Long lists become short lists. Short lists become very short lists. Vet lists become no lists. Wish lists become fit lists...we begin day two.

Brought one home so far, a 2-year-old son of Munnings. Yes, Munnings, in England. Hello, dirt. We shall bring more home today.

In the words of the great George Baker – most writers quote other writers, I quote horse trainers – must dash.

 

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Ouch.

Valdez fell at the second-to-last while traveling strongly in the feature chase at Chepstow Saturday. Unsure to go short or long, he and jockey Tom Bellamy clouted the fence, slid, flipped over. That’s the facts. The emotions, well, they run deeper.

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Tea’s brewed. Racing Post at the doorstep and downloaded), car is ordered, passes waiting. Newmarket, Heathrow, Chepstow (just over the bridge) and back to Newmarket. My kind of day. Luca Cumani’s horses walk and graze just outside my window. My kind of town. A doorstop of a catalog for the Tattersalls Horses-in-Training Sale, mostly 3 and 4-year-old turf horses with pedigrees which would make Federico Tesio salivate. My kind of sale.

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“What did you think of Far Hills?”

The question has been asked many times since Saturday. The best day of steeplechasing has come and gone. What did I think?

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