Breeders' Cup 2011: 3 Reasons Why We Should Be Watching

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 3, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 02: Brigantin, trained by Andre Fabre, on the track during the morning exercise session in preparation for the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on November 2, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The 2011 edition of the Breeders’ Cup is nearly upon us, and when the horses hit the track for the Classic, you should tune in.

What’s the appeal in horse racing on a Saturday full of college football, you ask?

Here are three reasons it’ll be tough to avoid tuning in for the 1-1/4-mile race.


1. It’s shorter than Chris Berman’s football rant

If you’ve never seen the Breeders’ Cup Classic before, you probably have no idea how quick it all happens.

Yes, there’s a lot of preparation for the event. There’s talking, betting, etc., but the race itself only takes about two minutes.

That’s right, it’s always the fourth quarter, the third period, the second half or the ninth inning, if you will. If you blink, you’ll miss it.

Would you rather watch two inconsequential minutes of a football game you’ll see highlights of a billion times, or see the best thoroughbred horse race of the season?


2. It’s at Churchill Downs

Breeders’ Cup Chairman William S. Farish, Jr. had this to say about the venue.

“The prospect of consecutive years at Churchill Downs combined with Kentucky’s strong business climate and legislative incentives are sure to make the event a tremendous success for the Breeders’ Cup, greater Louisville and the state. Churchill Downs continues to be one of the world’s greatest racing facilities, and is extremely popular with our horsemen and fans.”

Kentucky is the place to be for horse racing.


3. Horses aren’t going to have a lockout

With all of the recent nonsense in the sports world about lockouts, holdouts and angry tweets, this could be a nice change of pace.

None of these horses will ask for more money before the race and choose not to run if they don’t get it.

Maybe each horse won’t be at the front of the pack at race’s end, but at least this event will actually take place.