Baffert wins again at Breeders Cupby Christopher C. Wuensch on Nov. 07, 2011, under Bear Down...and Blog, Sports
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With the success of University of Arizona alums in the world of horse racing, you have to wonder if there’s some sort of secret circle. Most likely, there isn’t.
The only secret circle Bob Baffert runs with is a horse. Secret Circle, the Baffert-trained horse collected the $500,000 purse for wining the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kent.
All told, Baffert had 10 horses in this year’s Breeders’ Cup. Two of them (Game On Dude and May Day Rose) finished as runner-up in their respective races.
Baffert wasn’t the lone University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program grad in Louisville.
UA alum Todd Pletcher had 14 horses in the weekend’s 22 races, netting four runners-up (Shared Heart, Congo, Alma D’Oro and Stopshoppingmaria) and three third place finishes (Katz My Song, Sweet Cat and Her Smile).
Pletcher is the lead money winner this year, banking $15.6 million in purse money. Baffert is third overall with $12.6 million more in his bank account than he started the year with.
Combined, Baffert- and Pletcher-trained thoroughbreds have won more than 330 races in 2011 alone.
So, how does a guy who just won $500,000 on a horse race celebrate? At one of Louisville’s finest eateries, that’s where…
TWEETED BAFFERT ON SUNDAY MORNING:
“Just had Breakfast at the Cracker Barrel. Highlight of trip. Can’t beat it.”
Who knew that Uncle Herschel’s Favorite was the breakfast of champions?
The University of Arizona inducted nine former Wildcats into its Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, including MLB great Trevor Hoffman and legendary UA swim coach Frank Busch.
Joining Hoffman and Busch in the 36th annual class were swimmers Simon Burnett, Lyndon Ferns and Marshi Smith, distance runner Robert Cheseret, volleyball’s Kim Glass, softball pitching sensation Alicia Hollowell and late basketball great Shawntinice Polk.
TWEETED KIM GLASS:
“Wow what an Amazing weekend in Arizona…Getting inducted in2 the HOF, retiring my jersey,Riding on a float in a parade,& seeing old friends”
TWEETED SIMON BURNETT:
“Get inducted into the Hall of Fame – Check.”
“About to watch my Wildcats play. Signing in two days, it’s crazy. Never thought this day would happen, ad beer expected it to be like this.”
- Arizona hoops recruit Brandon Ashley about to watch his future team tip-off its season.
“Getting a tour of the Ronald McDonald House in Tucson. Amy Miller’s Chalk Talk Thank U Reception. #GreatPlace”
- Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne
“Hello my beautiful cacti. How I’ve missed the scent of the desert.”
- Former Wildcat softball star Sam Bannister arriving in the Old Pueblo for homecoming.
“If you’re an Arizona grad and you’re not in Tucson this weekend we are not on speaking terms #sorryboutit @k_stockberger”
- Guess Arizona women’s assistant golf coach Justin Silverstein is no longer talking to me.
“Runny nose + dry weather = booger city”
- Punters, such as Arizona punter Kyle Dugandzic, are such an eccentric (and apparently snotty) breed.
“Never stop working! Always stay ready!”
- Good advice, just in case the NBA decides to actually have a season, locked-out Houston Rocket forward and ex-Cat Chase Budginer.
“Sean Mller of ARIZONA just STRUCK GOLD IN THE RECRUITING BATTLES”
- OH YEAH, BABY!!!! ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, baby, on the Wildcats signing of recruit Kaleb Tarczewski.
“Massage clean my house then Bball game! Good luck boys!”
- House massage makes for happy end tables. Courtney Karst getting ready for the opening of the men’s basketball season tonight, after the outside hitter led Arizona volleyball to a Nov. 4 win over Oregon State.
“It would take you around 1000 years to watch all the @youtube videos”
- You can start by watching the Jennie Finch video below, Arizona hoops center Kyryl Natyazhko
Jennie Finch made a career by running from base-to-base — but mostly by keeping runners off base.
On Sunday, the former Arizona and Team USA softball star changed her running style and ran the equivalent of circling the bases 577 times.
Finch took to the streets of the Big Apple on Nov. 6 to compete in the ING New York Marathon and a worthy cause entitled “Pass For Cash.” The Arizona alum started the race in last place and promised to pledge, along with Timex, to donate $1 to New York Road Runners Youth Programs for every person she passed en route to the finish line.
TWEETED TIMEX ON SUNDAY NIGHT:
Finch, who ran from end-to-end in 4:05.26, actually passed 30,459 runners. Afterward she took to Twitter:
“2day I saw SO much! Unity, diversity, strength, courage, causes, passion, heart, love, support, faith, focus, & much more!”
“My fav signs of my 26.2 today! Thats not sweat its fat cells crying, black toe nails are sexy, I run 4 fun & live 4 the Lord! Thx to all!”
Let’s allow Jennie Finch to explain her New York Marathon endeavor in her own words:
Video posted by Forbes