Horse Players Christmas – Breeders’ Cup Saturday

November 02, 2012 | Gary Quill

G1 BC Turf – 1½ miles (Turf) – $3,000,000 (SA – Race 9; 6:18pm)

#1 – Point of Entry (3-1)
#2 – Turbo Compressor (15-1)
#3 – St Nicholas Abbey (IRE) (7-2)
#4 – Treasure Beach (GB) (12-1)
#5 – Shareta (IRE) (7-2)
#6 – Cognito (30-1)
#7 – Little Mike (12-1)
#8 – Kindergareden Kid (30-1)
#9 – Dullahan (12-1)
#10 – Optimizer (20-1)
#11 – Slim Shadey (GB) (10-1)
#12 – Trailblazer (JPN) (6-1)

The Turf typically is dominated by European runners, and this year should be no exception. St Nicholas Abbey flexed his Irish muscles last year and returns to defend his title.

Horses to Watch: #9 – Dullahan and #10 – Optimizer are names you may recall from the Derby, Preakness and/or Belmont Stakes this past spring. Since those races, each has been trying to find their niche’ as a grass runner. Both are considered to be a little in over their head, but have the ability to step up their game and shock the world.

Fact: Breeders’ Cup races have not been kind to Japan shippers, as their best finish is 6th from 7 races.

GQ’s pick: #5 – Shareta, #12 – Trailblazer, #3 – St Nicholas Abbey

Xpressbet G1 BC Sprint – 6 furlongs (Dirt) – $1,500,000 (SA – Race 10; 6:58pm)

#1 – Sum of the Parts (20-1)
#2 – Jimmy Creed (6-1)
#3 – Gantry (10-1)
#4 – Coil (5-1)
#5 – Justin Phillip (20-1)
#6 – Fast Bullet (12-1)
#7 – The Lumber Guy (6-1)
#8 – Capital Account (8-1)
#9 – Trinniberg (15-1)
#10 – Smiling Tiger (12-1)
#11 – Amazombie (4-1)
#12 – Hamazing Destiny (12-1)
#13 – Poseidon’s Warrior (15-1)
#14 – Boxeur des Rues (30-1)

If the Kentucky Derby is “the most exciting 2 minutes in sport”, then the BC Sprint could be billed as “the most exciting race in a blink of an eye”. 14 of the fastest active thoroughbreds will break from the starting gate and the winner will have completed the ¾ mile contest in about 78 seconds.

Horse to Watch #7 – The Lumber Guy is the only gray in this field of 14, so he’ll be easy to spot. He’s a rare NY bred who can compete at this highest level in open company and he does it by trying to outrun his foes right to the word “Go”! If the early dirt races on the card are being won by horses that get the lead early, then you may want to lumber up to the betting window and take a chance on this guy.

Fact: In the history of this event, the betting favorite has won only 21% of the time, which is the lowest percentage among all BC races.

GQ’s pick: #6 – Fast Bullet, #4 – Coil, #3 – Gantry

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