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Breeders' Cup is upon us

Updated: October 30, 2012, 8:15 AM ET
By Gary West | Special to ESPN.com

ARCADIA, Calif. -- I could have tossed my stopwatch into the garbage bin, for all it mattered. A stopwatch rarely grasps what's essential anyway, or, as horsemen are sometimes fond of saying, "Time only matters if you're in jail." But that isn't to suggest what's essential at the racetrack reveals itself only to an arcane expertise.

Sometimes what's essential is clearly visible for all to see, as it was Monday at Santa Anita, where Groupie Doll's talent seemed Brobdingnagian and towered ...

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