Breeders Cup Saturday
Race 1: 2-3-4-8
Race 2: 5-3-4
Race 3: 11-1-7-3
Race 4 Filly and Mare Sprint
Come Dancing (4) : Think about this – she’s won 4 of her last 6 starts with a neck loss to Marley’s Freedom and loss to Midnight Bisou when going longer which is not her game. Someone will have to really step up to beat her with the right post draw.
Spiced Perfection (9): Ran a monster race when going to her knees at the start and still winning the TCA at Keeneland. She loves Santa Anita and has never finished off the board here.
Covfefe (1): She has gotten very good towards the back half of the year and is the one they will have to run down in the lane but it will be her first time vs the older.
Race 5 Turf Sprint
Eddie Haskell (10): Loves this track and gets an advantageous post for his running style.
Imprimis (3) : Two disaster trips since returning to the states. This third start off the layoff he should be primed and ready to roll picking up Dettori.
Sheeky Shebaz (4): Has improved significantly since arriving to the Servis barn and had to deal with a hot pace last time being pressed by a rabbit the whole way. Dangerous on the front end over a speed favoring course.
Belvior Bay (12): Miller very good with the extended layoff and this one has an affinity for the SA turf course – be careful when tossing him.
Final Frontier (9): Has been a totally different horse since coming off the layoff at Saratoga. Another step forward here makes him very dangerous.
Race 6 Dirt Mile
Coal Front (7): When he is right he can run with anyone at 7F- 1 mile looks like he regained his form in his last and will be in with a big shot here.
Omaha Beach (5) : Impressive return when running down Shancelot. Many thought he was a cinch if he ran in the derby last year.
Improbable (2): Always have thought he would be a better miler than classic distance horse. Hopefully he proves me right here.
Race 7 Filly and Mare Turf
SisterCharlie (2) : Looking for back to back wins in this division after rattling off 6 straight G1 wins this year. She will be one of the shorter prices of the weekend. Top Euros aren’t coming and avoiding her.
Fleeting (3): Has had some nice runs this year but beating SisterCharlie would take a big improvement. She can be around for a piece.
Castle Lady (8): Had a tough trip in her debut in the states and deserves another chance in here.
Race 8 Sprint
Catalina Cruiser (1): I would love this one if he drew a better post. He is tactical and able to sit on the pace or come from off. If Joel can work out a good trip I will take the 4/1 to the window.
Mitole (4) : Was not able to compete in this last year due to injury but he’s the best sprinter in the country and looking to go out on top.
Engage (5): Should get the pace he wants to run into at a big number.
Imperial Hint (9) : Has capability to run those big numbers as we saw at Saratoga but the last might have taken a lot out of him and he typical doesn’t show up when he travels off the east coast.
Race 9 Turf Mile
Suedois (1): Had a tough trip in his return to the states and should get a good pace to run into here at a huge number. His form is proven in the states.
Circus Maximus (9): Looks to be the best of the Euros and the one to beat.
Hey Gaman (13): Gets Dettori back which is when he put in his best efforts but will have to work a trip with the tough draw.
Uni (11): Monster effort in the first lady at Keeneland. She deserves a look vs the boys with her explosive turn of foot.
Race 10 Distaff
Midnight Bisou (4): This champ will be one of the shortest prices on the weekend and looking to end her career with a bang.
Paradise Woods (1): She re-found her form in the Zenyatta over a track she loves. I think she’s a major player for the upset.
Dunbar Road (5) : Another in here who has a shot at the upset. She’s improving in every start and I still don’t think we’ve seen her best.
Race 11 Turf
Bricks and Mortar (9): He might be the horse of the year which is rare for a turf horse but he has been that good. All the experts are knocking him and saying he can’t get the distance but he’s never run it before, he’s bred for it and should have no issues.
Old Persian (10): In top form this year and should put in a good showing of himself. I like that he has tactical speed to get a jump on Bricks and Anthony Van Dyke.
Anthony Van Dyke (5): Proven at the distance and has kept the best company in the field.
Race 12 Classic
Vino Rosso (10): He was unjustly disqualified in the JCGC and this is his race for redemption. He has been in top form this year and holds a win over the track. The only poor effort he put in was at Saratoga where he’s shown he never liked.
McKinze (8) : Many are totally tossing him out of his most recent work and loss in the Awesome Again however this is still Baffert’s house until someone beats him on the biggest stage he must be used.
Yoshida (5): Always puts in his run and should get a fair pace to run into. Gets one of the best jocks in the game.
Highest Power (7): His last can be totally tossed where he missed the break. If he makes the lead he is a different animal and one to respect here.
Code of Honor (11): Won on DQ in the JCGC and showed grit, lets see if he can travel to the west coast and continue his push for 3yo of the year.