The Breeders Cup always has been intended to take the breath away.In the beginning, it was the money, more purse money than American racing ever had seen before. As it evolved, it was the competition, international in scope, dizzy with intensity. At one point, it became the action and how astounding it was to see just how much people wanted to bet, upward of $150 million over a two-day show.Now, in a social environment so completely attuned to the cult of personality, the Breeders Cup is all about the stars. Its not enough just to brag about going to the Breeders Cup. There have been 32 of them. The novelty has worn off. Now, the question is, Who did you see? And if the answer is, I saw Zenyatta, or Wise Dan, or Goldikova, or American Pharoah, then youve got their attention.This year, the main attraction is California Chrome, a horse of such universal appeal that even the opposition saves room to root.You cant help it, said trainer Jimmy Jerkens, who will try to beat California Chrome with the longshots Effinex and Shaman Ghost in the $6 million Breeders Cup Classic. Hes just such a neat horse, and a great story.No question, when California Chrome shows up, he tends to suck all the air out of the room. The 1-1/4 miles on dirt is right up his alley, and his six races this year -- from the winter in Dubai to his final rehearsal at Santa Anita -- have unfolded as if hewing to a script already chiseled in stone.However, by the time California Chrome takes the track late Saturday afternoon against Travers winner Arrogate, Met Mile winner Frosted, Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Hoppertunity, and Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, the story of the 2016 Breeders Cup already may have been written by the half-dozen world-class fillies and mares who have made this party something to remember.Never before has the Santa Anita Park backstretch been home to such depth of female talent. A stroll through the stables is like walking a wing of the Louvre, with masterpiece after masterpiece staring down from the walls.Fridays $2 million Distaff has been predicted to be the best race ever run in the U.S. on a weekday that wasnt a holiday. No one really did the research, but it sounds about right for an event that attracted champions Songbird, Beholder, and Stellar Wind as well as the multiple Grade 1 winners Curalina, Im a Chatterbox, and Forever Unbridled.Songbird and Beholder each have one foot in the Hall of Fame, while Stellar Wind spent the last three months defying the conventional thinking that there could be yet another filly of similar caliber on the West Coast. Yes, the Distaff should be run on a Saturday on network TV alongside the Classic -- especially this Distaff -- but thats an argument well save for another day. Anyway, Zenyatta won the same event on a Friday, so at least this years winner will be in good company.If the true test of a great filly or mare is her ability to defeat males at the highest levels, then the three on the marquee for Saturday have passed with flying colors.Found is the durable daughter of Galileo who runs for Coolmore and trainer Aidan OBrien. She upset Golden Horn in the Breeders Cup Turf at Keeneland last year, the same Golden Horn who was acclaimed European Horse of the Year, and she is back to defend her title on Saturday, with a purse of $4 million on the line.Found is also making her 10th start of the season and her third in the last five weeks, after winning the Arc de Triomphe on the first Sunday in October and finishing second to likely European Horse of the Year Almanzor in the Champion Stakes on Oct. 15. By finishing first, second, or third in the Turf, Found will pass Zenyattas $7.3 million as the all-time leading earner among females with at least one start in North America. It is assumed, however, that they didnt send her to California to finish second or third.If Found gets points for her international adventurism, save some credit for Miss Temple City and the Graham Motion crew. They have on their hands a long, full-figured filly who has stood the gaff of trips abroad in each of the last two years for dates at Royal Ascot.She was a competitive fourth in both tries -- no shame in that -- while back home in the States, Miss Temple City manhandled males in both the Makers 46 Mile and the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. Among her victims in the Shadwell were Ironicus, Tourist, What a View, and stablemate Ring Weekend, all of them trying her again on Saturday in the $2 million Breeders Cup Mile.Fillies and mares do not win the Mile all the time, it just seems like it. Royal Heroine was first out of the box in 1984, followed by Miesque (1987-88), Ridgewood Pearl (1995), Six Perfections (2003), and the era of Goldikova (2008-10).Then came Tepin, whose performance in the 2015 Mile at Keeneland capped a championship season that began in relative obscurity, with an allowance-race win at Gulfstream Park coming after a seven-month layoff.That was then. Now Tepin reigns as a bona fide American hero, the winner of the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last June and the Woodbine Mile in her return to competition in September. Earlier this week, trainer Mark Casse stood admiring the mare in the corner stall of her temporary Santa Anita barn as she dropped in her straw, scratched an itch, and then jumped up to playfully charge her webbing.Guess she shipped okay, he deadpanned. This was Tepin. All she ever does is ship okay.You know, this is really a deep Breeders Cup across the board, but especially with the mares, Casse said. And a lot of that is because people have kept these good ones in training. Beholder is 6, Tepin is 5. They could have been bred by now.Casse broke his personal Breeders Cup drought by winning two of the 13 races last year with Tepin and Catch a Glimpse, who runs on Saturday in the Filly and Mare Turf.Weve got seven running in Breeders Cup races, and I think four of them have a legitimate shot, Casse said. 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Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. http://www.steelersrookiestore.com/Steelers-Dermontti-Dawson-Jersey/ . What general manager Dave Nonis called "short and productive" negotiations ended with Kessel signing a US$64-million, eight-year contract on Tuesday. LONDON -- New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo isnt going to abandon Josh Brown, even after leaving the kicker home as his team prepares for Sundays game against the Los Angeles Rams in London.Were not going to turn our back on Josh, McAdoo said as he was being peppered with questions two days after documents revealed Brown admitted he had abused his wife. Hes our teammate.Several Giants players, including star quarterback Eli Manning, also spoke about Browns situation and the impact it has had on the teams mindset ahead of the game in Twickenham Stadium.[Im] not aware of what ownership said or any of the announcements, Manning said Friday. My focus this week has been getting ready for the Rams. Obviously, I dont know what went on behind the scenes. All I can do is support my teammates and support the organization.Offensive lineman Justin Pugh tweeted that he was misinformed and unknowingly speaking with limited information earlier this year when he supported Brown, saying also that he does not condone domestic violence of any kind.Linebacker Jonathan Casillas echoed Mannings sentiments, saying that many players still are not aware of all the details but also acknowledging that it is not too good for anyone that is involved in it.It is tough, Casillas said. What was said and what was done is not what we represent as Giants. It is a tough situation for him.McAdoo said he went to each position room Thursday to inform players that Brown would not make the trip to London. The Giants left Thursday evening, and former Bears kicker Robbie Gould has signed a one-year deal and will join the team Saturday in Londdon.ddddddddddddThe team said it will revisit the issue when it returns and is on its bye week. The NFL also announced it would review the documents that included Browns admissions of domestic violence. Both the league and team have indicated there is new information in the case file from Browns 2015 arrest in Washington.[Brown] admitted to us hed abused his wife in the past, Giants co-owner John Mara said Thursday during a radio interview with New York station WFAN. Whats a little unclear is the extent of that.McAdoo wouldnt say whether he knew this during the summer, when he expressed his support for Brown as a man, father and player. Instead, the Giants coach constantly repeated a version of this line as he was being questioned Friday.Were looking to get as much information as we can to make an informed decision, McAdoo said.McAdoo did add, when pressed on several subjects, that everythings concerning.Manning participated in the No More campaign in 2014, when multiple NFL players and Hollywood celebrities spoke out against domestic violence in commercials, public service announcements and on social media.When asked whether the latest news about Brown is a distraction to himself or his teammates, Manning once again emphasized that he is concentrating on the Rams.Theres going to be distractions every week, he said. Something is going on -- you dont like when a teammate cant make a game. But, hey, weve got to do our job and thats getting ready to play this football game. 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