The Bottom Line
- Covers every Breeders' Cup race run from 1984-2007
- Photos take you back to those moments when racing history was made
- Slide show includes some of the most striking Cup photos around
- At times the production appeared rushed, easily could have been longer
- More description needed rather than just naming the race and the winning horse
- The DVD consists of three components.
- The main section is a video montage of 32 minutes length.
- Narrator John Campbell quickly names the race and the horse that won.
- For viewers wanting more, an additional "slide show" is included.
- This 7 minute feature consists of photos that weren't in the main video
- These images are shown full-frame rather than pan-and-scan, mostly scenic shots and people pictures rather than action
- A 10 question trivia game completes the package.
- This was not interactive, but instead plays back similar to trivia games seen at sports bars.
- At 6 minutes in length, this would be fun to try before or after the main video, with a group of racing fans.
Guide Review - Breeders' Cup World Championships: The First 25 Years
Followers of racing history will feel they are being brought back in time, to when Cigar completed his perfect 10-for-10 season in 1995, when Personal Ensign defeated Winning Colors in the 1988 Distaff to retire undefeated, and of course European champion Arazi romping home in the 1991 Juvenile. However, this reviewer feels that the production appeared rushed, and that the video could have been doubled in length to include more photos and more verbal description of each race. In many cases Campbell simply named the race and the winner with no comment as to who else was in the race or the manner by which the race was won.
This DVD should be enjoyed by most racing fans, as it is a nice compact record of the first 24 years of the Breeders' Cup. Although this is a still-photo montage, perhaps future editions could incorporate some video, and definitely more in-depth coverage of each running should be included rather than rush through them.