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Breeders' Cup Backstretch and Friday Races

Dateline: 11/05/99

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Today was the first day of the Breeders' Cup meet at Gulfstream and they had a nice 10 race card with several stakes races. The big race of the day was the $250,000 Fraise Stakes at 9 furlongs on the turf. The winner there was the Bobby Frankel trained Bouccaneer who sported one of the new nasal strips in his win.

I visited the backside Friday morning and you could really feel the excitement in the air as everyone made the last minute preparations for the big day. Here are a few photos from this morning to give you a taste.

Note: Despite all the horror stories about the turf course being a bog, it was not that bad today. I walked on it and while it was not firm it definitely was not worse than good. With all the wind over the last few days it should be approaching firm by Saturday afternoon.

Sprint hopeful Big Jag in his stall

His owner Mr. Zolezzi with his family and friends made a huge cheering section for Big Jag

River Keen enjoyed a bit of grazing behind Bob Baffert's barn

Bonapartiste was very excited and kept tossing his head

Beautiful Pleasure on her way to the track for a gallop

Chilukki posed for her fans while getting cleaned up. Isn't she cute?

General Challenge chilling in his stall getting ready for the Classic.

Forest Camp showed the excitement hasn't dulled his appetite as he enjoyed some hay.

View of the grandstand from from the backside with Beautiful Pleasure going past

View of the paddock from the 3rd floor of the grandstand

Rock and Roll didn't draw into either of the Breeders' Cup races he entered but he did win the A.P. Indy Stakes on Friday

French import Bouccaneer won the $250,000 Fraise Stakes while wearing one of the new FLAIR nasal strips

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