It's Pre-Entry Eve! On Wednesday morning at 8:00am Pacific the Breeders' Cup will released the pre-entries for all 15 race and announce the final race order and post times. I'll have the complete pre-entry list posted as soon as humanly possible tomorrow morning, along with some reactions and quick thoughts throughout the day.
As noted in a couple of the FanShots yesterday by TFTribe, Royal Delta was cross-entered in both the Ladies' Classic and the Classic, although the Ladies' Classic is expected to be her the first choice.
I'll be keeping an eye out on the juvenile races and the pre-entries from Europe. With Lasix banned in all 2012 Breeders' Cup juvenile races, trainers like Richard Hannon are interested in taking shots with some of their higher class horses. Speaking to his website (and reported by Brisnet/ESPN.com, Hannon states:
"We have thrown a few darts in the past without success, but there is no Lasix for two-year-olds this year which makes it a level playing field for all of us, so we will be heading across the Atlantic with our tails up."
The Lasix situation promises to be controversial both this year and in the future. Owner Mike Repole has come out and stated that he will skip this year's Breeders' Cup because of the ban and instead keep his horses on the East Coast. Considering that in 2013 the Lasix ban is scheduled to expand to all 15 races, it would seem apparent that we will not see any Repole horses at the Breeders' Cup anytime soon.
Previously, Repole voiced his concerns with the location of the Breeders' Cup and the fact that New York hasn't held the event for almost 10 years. Of course, with all the issues going on in New York with NYRA and the state government, I'm not sure how realistic a New York Breeders' Cup is right now. I'm sure the Breeders' Cup would love to be at Belmont but they can only deal with what they've got in front of them.