The 2017 Breeders’ Cup races take place, later this week (Friday November 3rd & Saturday November 4th), at Del Mar Racecourse (USA). As always, this will be one of the most-important worldwide meetings of the year.
Some of the best racehorses on the planet will be taking part, including several from the UK and Ireland. There will be expectations of success, too. For example, 5 of the last 7 winners of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf have been trained by Charlie Appleby, Aidan O’Brien, or John Gosden.
13 Massive Races
The 4 big races to look forward to, on Friday, are as follows…
Most of the action takes place on Saturday. Here are the 9 contests that race fans, from all over the world, will be eagerly anticipating…
Among the top jockeys that will be flying-in, for this spectacular festival, will be a man who has just about seen and done it all!
Frankie Dettori was born in the city of Milan in 1970. He was given his first horse, as a 12-year-old boy and quickly became hooked on riding. He left school when just 13 and took up a position as a stable boy and apprentice jockey. This soon led to a move to Great Britain, where he became one of Luca Cumani’s apprentices.
By the year 1990, Dettori was still a teenager and had become the first one to ride 100 winners in a single season. He quickly became a celebrity and one of the few jockeys who would be regularly recognised even by those who had no particular interest in horse racing. Even when he was a young jockey, it was clear that Dettori had a great deal more charisma and star-quality than every other rider on the circuit.
As his career progressed, he eventually became a team-captain on the successful British quiz show, A Question of Sport. During one episode, a guest asked him how long had he been retired from racing. Dettori had not retired and was shocked by the question – so much so that he quit the show and redoubled his efforts on the track. He was rewarded for his efforts and became British Champion Jockey of 2004.
Dettori did not win the Epsom Derby in his first 14 attempts, but in 2007 he piloted Authorized to victory and finally broke his Derby duck. To celebrate, he flew to France and rode Lawman to victory in the Prix du Jockey Club on the very next day! In 1996, Frankie pulled-off the incredible achievement of winning all 7 races on a single day at Ascot.
Better Than Ever
There have been several occasions when many in racing had reached the conclusion that Dettori’s best days were behind him. Time and time again, they have been proved wrong and the Italian continues to ride winners at the very-highest level. Over the last 3 seasons, he has been in the form of his life and major successes during this period include the 2000 Guineas, the Derby, the Oaks, the St. James’s Palace Stakes, plus many more G1 wins both in the UK and abroad. He’s also ridden the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, twice (Golden Horn in 2015 and Enable, earlier this year).
Frankie’s first Breeders’ Cup victory came with Barathea, in 1994. He’s now won no less than 12 Breeders’ Cup races, the most-recent success coming via Queen’s Trust in 2016. Make no mistake – Frankie will be looking to add to his haul of Breeders’ Cup wins, at Del Mar this weekend and he’ll be on-board horses that are capable of landing the spoils.
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Frankie is in a rich vein of form and bagged himself a treble, at Newbury on Saturday. He has already been confirmed to ride the following horses…
Ulysses (Turf), Juliet Capulet (Juvenile Fillies’ Turf), James Garfield (Juvenile Turf) and Queen’s Trust (Filly & Mare Turf).
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