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NBC’s Breeders Cup production ranks among the best; Del Mar gets highest grade for flawless day long venue

By Warren Eves

That may have been the best Breeders Cup show ever.

Unquestionably it ranks as the best produced horse racing extravaganza in this senior turf writer’s memory. It’s hard to take issue with the entire television presentation. Bravo!

If the Breeders Cup doesn’t bring the venue back to Del Mar by the seashore, then shame on them. If there were any snafu on Saturday I was not aware it.

Even those often criticized overhead blimp shots of the field going down the backstretch were steady and hard to knock.

They caught trainer Peter Miller going bonkers as he won not one, but two Breeders Cup races. I’m told Miller can be known to complain at times, but he sure made viewers laugh when he jumped into the lap of a man standing next to him.

One of many huge upsets took place in the $1-million Filly and Mare Sprint. The connections were left baffled with Bar Of Gold’s poor effort in the Juddmonte. Trainer John Kimmel said they simply didn’t know what to think.  The decision to take a shot in the Breeders Cup was justly rewarded.  Kimmel said if Irad Ortiz Jr. couldn’t ride her, they never would have shipped to Del Mar. Wow! She won by a zop at humongous odds of 66.70-to-1.

Notes scribbled on a program–You had to laugh watching trainer Peter Miller jumping up and down like a kid. I’ve seen a lot of elated players in my time, but never quite as animated as Miller. Not only did he win his first Breeders Cup race with Stormy Liberal in Turf Sprint for Rockingham Ranch. He then saddled Roy H to win several races later as Roy H won the BC Sprint………….Hard to pull off but in the Turf Sprint trainer Peter Miller’s horses finished one-two.  That means Rockingham Ranch picked up $550K for Stormy Liberal’s head win and another $170,000 when stablemate Richard Boy finished second……………..I knew it was close but in the official chart for the Filly and Mare Sprint it was Bar of Gold by an inch over Ami’s Mesa. If you happened to hit a $1 superfecta on the 5-14-1-12 combination your ticket was worth $176,369………..The two horses that did not pull up well from BC efforts were Avenge and Lady Eli.  Richard “Smiley” Mandella reported Lady Eli was being withdrawn from the Keeneland sale due to lacerations and a puncture on her hind legs. And for those who watched the re-play, it’s easy to see why and how she got those cuts. Lady Eli had a nightmore journey early on, rattling between horses and taking up.

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Warren Eves
Warren Eves is a senior turf writer from the state of California who calls Pearl River, Louisiana his home. The one time editor of the Pasadena Independent Star News moved on to handle publicity for racetracks coast to coast. Eves gained his first exposure to the racetrack through a school buddy the late Art Lerille, Jr., who eventually became a trainer in California. Warren worked as farm manager for crack two-year-old trainer Ray Priddy, before holding on track jobs at the racetrack. He worked for Hall of Fame trainer M.E. "Buster" Millerick, Allen Drumheller, Jr., and Dick Moon. Eves has a well rounded background in all breeds. He developed Quarter Horse Report in 1979 with Ed Burgart, track announcer, at Los Alamitos Race Course. It was an innovative publication which revolutionized the industry with actual descriptions of the workouts. While handling publicity at Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York Eves was named employee of the year in 1970. He also handled publicity for Sunland Park, Centennial Park, Ascot Park, Thistledown, and two harness meetings in California. Eves then went into the 900-line business with his best plays and has compiled his own Kentucky Derby ratings for many years. In 1997 he began going back and forth to Las Vegas teaming up with Ralph Siraco to create the long runining radio show Raceday Las Vegas. Eves has produced and directed many horse racing shows on both radio and television. In 2010 he got a call from Mark Geiger. That's when he began writing Eves, with a reputation of a trip handicapper, is known for his video tape scrutiny. He currently monitors horse racing in for a major horseplayer. While writing for Ridder Publication at the Pasadena Star News his investigative reporting was highly regarded by his peers. Often on the cutting edge, Eves has been given the green light to write about what issues he sees fit to cover. Have a question. His book "Hold All Tickets" is soon to be made available for those who come to this site. It's a factual account of actual events and happenings that took place in the 70s, 80s and 90s. If Warren doesn't know the answer to a question you may have, he'll tell you up front. Eves won't drop it there, however, he'll find someone who knows the answer and get back to you.


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