Friday’s opening act for Saturday’s races saw the toteboard explode with winners at double-digit odds in first 3 Breeders’ Cup races having $2 win payoffs of $32.80, $36.40 and $24.80. In fact, the Post Time favorite to get to the Winners’ Circle until Royal Delta went gate to wire in the finale (Ladies Classic) as the 8-5 favorite which still generated a Pick-6 payoff of $733,865.20.
Saturday’s nine (9) Breeders’ Cup races have plenty of storylines to fill time between races for the broadcasters, such as…. can the father-son (trainer/jockey) team of Aidan & Joseph O’Brien get St. Nicholas Abbey to repeat in the Turf? Will undefeated 2 year old Shanghai Bobby win the Juvenile and emerge as the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby? Can the vanilla yogurt loving Amazomibe defend his title in the Sprint? Is the Mile a two-horse race of East (Excelebration) versus West (Wise Dan)? And finally in the Classic, can Game on Dude avenge his 2011 lose to the Bill Mott trained Drosselmeyer, by defeating not one, not two but three of Mott’s runners?
Post Time for the first BC race (is race 4 on the SA card) is scheduled for 2:50pm EDT (11:50am PDT). The first BC race will be the 4th race on Satan Anita 12 race card. All BC races will be broadcast live with 4th thru 11th races on NBC Sports Network, then switch to NBC for primetime coverage of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (8-9 p.m. EDT).
Below are opinions on each of Saturday’s nine (9) Breeders’ Cup races will be posted on Saturday morning. The horses are those who I feel have the best chance at winning versus being able to complete an Exacta, Trifecta or Superfecta. Hence, Double, Pick-3 and Pick-4 players take note. All Post Times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.
BC Juvenile Turf – 1 mile (Turf) – $500,000 (SA – Race 4; 2:50pm EDT)
#1 – Summit County (30-1)
#2 – Artigiano (8-1)
#3 – George Vancouver (GB) (8-1)
#4 – Gervinho (15-1)
#5 – Fantastic Moon (GB) (12-1)
#6 – Dundonnell (4-1)
#7 – Brown Almighty (20-1)
#8 – Balance the Books (8-1)
#9 – Noble Tune (6-1)
#10 – Joha (6-1)
#11 – Dry Summer (10-1)
#12 – I’m Boundtoscore (20-1)
#13 – Know More (8-1)
#14 – Lines of Battle (12-1)
#15 – (AE) Rising Legend (12-1) AE = Also Eligible – will only start if another in the field is scratched
This race has a full field of 14 2 year olds (12 colts and 1 gelding) going postward. Each of these runners have only a handful of career starts. It’s here where you could see a nice priced runner cross the wire first.
Horse to Watch: #2 – I’m Boundtoscore will be heard from early as she is certain to be on or near the lead as the field heads to the backstretch. The question is whether MD-based jockey Sarah Rook can make every pole a winning one for WV based trainer
Fact: For the first time in Breeders’ Cup history, 2 year olds will not be allowed to compete with the use of the diuretic drug Lasix, which is routinely administered to control the tendency of horses to bleed in the lungs after exertion. The ban has stirred intense controversy throughout the U.S. thoroughbred industry.
GQ’s pick: #7 – Brown Almighty, #6 – Dundonell, #2 – Artigiano