Horse Players Christmas – Breeders’ Cup Saturday

November 02, 2012 | Gary Quill

G1 BC Turf Sprint – 6½ furlongs (Turf) – $1,000,000 (SA – Race 7; 4:57pm)

#1 – California Flag (6-1)
#2 – Camp Victory (10-1)
#3 – Great Mills (20-1)
#4 – Tale of a Champion (30-1)
#5 – Next Question (10-1)
#6 – Upgrade (30-1)
#7 – Reneesgotzip (8-1)
#8 – Great Attack (10-1)
#9 – Bridgetown (9-2)
#10 – Corporate Jungle (6-1)
#11 – Mizdirection (20-1)
#12 – Chosen Miracle (15-1)
#13 – Unbridled’s Note (5-1)
#14 – Starspangledbanner (AUS) (10-1)
#15 (AE) – Global Power (30-1)
#16 (AE) – Starspangled Heat (30-1)

This is typically the shortest (5½ furlongs) race among all the Breeders’ Cup races, but at Santa Anita the turf course configuration only allows for a 6½ furlong dash over the lawn… downhill and it crosses the main track dirt surface prior to entering the stretch. As you watch the race, you’ll think to yourself, “It looks like those horses are going to freak-out and bump into one another as they thunder towards the dirt strip. There’s nothing poetic about that scene.

Horse to Watch #1 – California Flag is an 8 yr old gray gelding who will be making his 5th start in this event. He won it in 2009 on this course and is 6 for 9 lifetime on it. He might be the oldest guy in the race, but he certainly has home field advantage, which is why he’s my top pick.

Fact: In a racing age where the Cream of the Crop typically have 30 or more days between races, #14 – Starspangledbanner, who has earned over $2 million in his career, last raced just 9 days ago at Dundalk… a race course in Louth, Ireland where he finished 4th.

GQ’s pick: #1 – California Flag, #10 – Corporate Jungle, #11 – Mizdirection

Grey Goose G1 BC Juvenile – 1 1/16 mile (Dirt) – $2,000,000 (SA – Race 8; 5:36pm)

#1 – Title Contender (6-1)
#2 – Speak Logistics (8-1)
#3 – He’s Had Enough (20-1)
#4 – Shanghai Bobby (2-1)
#5 – Monument (12-1)
#6 – Dynamic Sky (12-1)
#7 – Capo Bastone (15-1)
#8 – Fortify (9-2)
#9 – Power Broker (5-2)

This is the race that could be the coming out party for a future star and probable early favorite to continue onto the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday of May. As with all young horses, brilliance early in their career does not guarantee long-term success.

Horse to Watch: #4 – Shanghai Bobby the Morning Line favorite may be a bit travel weary, as he as a few other BC runners stabled in New York arrived in California a few days later than scheduled due to affects left by Hurricane Sandy. Among those who arrived late were Dreaming of Julia and Kauai Katie. Both ran in the Juvenile Fillies on Friday with high expectations, but ran a disappointing 3rd and 4th, respectively.

Fact: In the 28 runnings of this race, only one winner (Street Sense) has gone onto win the Kentucky Derby.

GQ’s pick: #8 – Fortify, #7 – Capo Bastone, #9 – Power Broker

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