The Breeder's Cup is sort of the mostly official championship of thoroughbred horse racing.
There are a constantly growing number of divisions (9 of them in 2002) which are contested.
The event moves around from year to year although through 2002 it has always been held in
North America. This is Arlington Park near Chicago, best known visually for the massive
cantilevered roof which covers the grandstand. We were in auxiliary seating at the quarter
pole, as the track seating capacity was extended to a bit over 50,000 for the Breeder's Cup.
This page isn't really much of a coherent story, but just a few snapshots from the
races which admittedly probably won't be of much interest to non-racing fans. This
picture is just after the break on the Filly and Mare Turf race. Eventual upset winner
Starine is on the outside with the jockey in the red cap.
Champion juvenile (2-year old) filly, Storm Flag, shortly before she wins her fourth
Came Home, the Santa Anita Derby and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner. He raced in the Breeder's
Cup Classic, the most important race on the card.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner - War Emblem, also an entrant in the classic, which was
won by the longshot Volponi.
It was a rather cold day at Arlington and the sun never really broke through the
clouds to help warm it up. Late in the afternoon, this was about as close as it