NOTE: THE VAULT WILL BE BACK WITH A NEW ARTICLE ON BLACK CAVIAR WITHIN THE NEXT 15 days or so. APOLOGIES TO MY READERS BUT ‘TIS THE SEASON OF FUND-RAISERS AND I AM SWAMPED WITH VOLUNTEER WORK!
To our readers: Steve Haskin, senior Blood-Horse correspondent, states that it is almost impossible to compare any two thoroughbreds over time, given changes in track conditions and distances, other horses competed against and the normal contextual details that make any thoroughbred in any century or even decade a completely unique individual. Here at THE VAULT we would agree, so please study these results with that in mind. Those winners in each fantasy BC Division were selected based on career performance, stamina and ability. Where possible, the thoroughbreds they defeated were also calibrated.
The point in writing these articles was both to add to the fun of this year’s Breeders Cup, as well as to remember many great thoroughbreds from out of the past, the majority of whom raced prior to the inception of the Breeders Cup.
Apologies for the delay in posting these results, but it was truly unavoidable and unanticipated.
Next time: THE VAULT takes a look at the accomplished Black Caviar, featuring more stunning photographs by acclaimed Australian photographer, Bronwen Healy.
1. BREEDERS CUP TURF CLASSIC
For first, a DEAD HEAT between the two thoroughbreds of impeccable talent and reputation: the mighty KELSO and the fleet SEA-BIRD.
PLACE: The brilliant, if lightly-raced Lammtarra
SHOW: The last British Triple Crown winner, NIJINSKY, who showed fatigue in the final stretch given a year that saw him take the UK Triple Crown and miss winning the Arc by a hair.
2. BREEDERS CUP LADIES CLASSIC
The winner here was the incomparable Gallorette, with Bewitch a head behind and the fillies Cicada and Gallant Bloom in a DEAD HEAT for third.
3. BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC
As many had anticipated, the wonder filly, RUFFIAN, led a tightly-packed field home to win by 2 lengths. In second, COUNT FLEET, who encountered difficulties manoeuvring in the stretch. Another DEAD HEAT for third: Spectacular Bid and Whirlaway, who crossed the finish a mere half a length behind Count Fleet.