*Please note the below are NOT picks but are highlights on some of the top contenders and were drafted prior to the post draw *
Friday November 2nd, 2018
Juvenile Turf Sprint
Strike Silver – Really took to the turf in his first attempt in the Indian Summer stakes. He could see a similar set up in this race.
Shang Shang Shang – Has not been seen since beating the boys at Ascot in June. Wesley Ward has been pointing to this race for some time now.
Sergei Prokofiev – Comes over for top class connections and is the best of the non Americans.
Juvenile Fillies Turf
Newspaperofrecord – Chad Brown has won this race 3 of the last 4 times and has the top contender in here. If she steps forward again she will be hard to beat.
Just Wonderful – Looks to be the best of the Europeans coming in off a dominating win for Aidan and Moore.
Concrete Rose – Has been very impressive in her two career starts and should be considered one of the primary contenders.
Restless Rider – With two wins over the track and coming in third off the layoff. In sharp form, she is the one to beat for me.
Serengeti Empress – She won her prep in dominating fashion over Churchill surface. Not many win like that on this track.
Jaywalk – Ran a huge race in the Frizette and Rosario elects to go here over Sippican Harbor.
Line of Duty – Winner of back to back races after being narrowly defeated in his first two. Appleby only comes when he has a big shot.
Anthony Van Dyuck – Looks to be the best of the Aidan Obrein contingent.
Current – Has shown versatility winning both off the pace and on the pace. This is the American in with a big shot.
Code of Honor – Has a ton of trouble in the Champagne and should put in a big effort with a good draw.
Game Winner – The one to beat for Baffert who comes in loaded once again.
Complexity – This one has all the talent in the world but not sure the distance is for him. We will see.
Saturday November 3rd, 2018
Filly and Mare Sprint
Finley’sluckycharm – Has fired some of her best races off the layoff and is 6/7 over this course.
Marley’s Freedom – Has always been a talented horse but has turned into a freak since joining the Baffert barn.
Anoymity – Very quick filly who could find her self on the lead turning for home and see if they can run her down.
Disco Partner – Clement has this one peaking as he attempts to win his first Breeders Cup race.
Stormy Liberal – Comes in off three straight wins and gets back to a distance at which he’s never lost.
Will Call – Has two wins over this course and could get an ideal set up with tons of speed signed on as always.
City of Light – He has been in top form since winning the Malibu last December and I love his brief freshening from summer to now while working up a storm.
Catalina Cruiser – Will be heavily backed based off his undefeated record but he is largely untested and Sadler does not win outside of California. We will see if he can get it done at a short price.
Limousine Liberal – Not sure if he will go in here or the Sprint so we will only talk about him here but he fits in either and loves this track.
Filly and Mare Turf
Magic Wand – Narrowly defeated in her last two but the 1 3/8 distance should hit her right between the eyes.
Wild Illusion – Coming in off back to back Euros and looks to be the best of the Euro’s.
Sister Charlie – The best of the American based horses though she did start her career in France.
Roy H – With a good draw this is the one to beat for me. He is peaking now that he is back in the states and fresh.
Promises Fulfilled – This is one fast horse and he doesn’t give in easy. Whomever is trying to run him down better be ready for a fight.
Imperial Hint – In some of the best form of his career but it seems that when he steps up to this class he typically under performs.
Polydream – Had a very bad trip in his last when going off favored in a deep field. He will be in with a big shot here for a trainer who’s won this race twice in the 80’s.
Mustashry – Winner of 3 races from 4 starts this year and has a nose for the wire.
One Master – Winner of back to back races while upsetting the Qatar Pros de La Foret.
Abel Tasman – Her best race wins this race though her last effort was not like her showing nothing. Baffert doesn’t come here if he doesn’t believe she’s ready.
Blue Prize – She loves Churchill and at this distance she is a big player and should be at a bit of a price.
Vale Dori – The other Baffert in here who re-found her winning ways in the last. She has some big numbers to reach back to which make her a player here.
Crystal Ocean – Coming off a second place effort last weekend at Ascot vs the champion Cracksman. He has run and beat some of the best in the world and has a big shot in here to upset.
Enable – The super mare comes in off yet another Arc win and has won 9 of 10 starts. She’ll be a handful here.
Magical – Comes off a win last weekend in Asoct but will have to make up 10 lengths from the Arc to beat Enable. Obrein has pulled off impressive upsets in the Breeders Cup before.
Mckinzie – This was Bafferts derby horse before Justify came into the mix and now he’s back in top form and looking to give Baffert another Classic.
West Coast – The other Baffert horse in the race he will be second off the layoff where Baffert excels.
Yoshida – If the race falls apart this is definitely one I want on my tickets. He showed in the Woodward that he has no problem handing the dirt.