Breeders’ Cup Friday is Ladies Day

November 06, 2009 | Gary Quill

Though the 2009 edition of The Breeders’ Cup is the 26th of this event, it is the 2nd year of the 14 race card which spans two days. Six (6) races on Friday are limited to fillies and mares and the eight (8) on Saturday feature the boys. All 14 races will be broadcast live from Arcadia, CA over Santa Anita race courses turf and synthetic surfaces, Friday on ESPN2 3:30pm-7:00pm; Saturday on ABC 1:30pm-3:30pm then continuing on ESPN 3:30pm-7:00pm.

If you plan on making wagers at your favorite race track, simulcast outlet or online, be aware that the first Breeders Cup race, the 1¾ mile Marathon is the 3rd race on the Oaktree at Santa Anita card.

Marathon – 1¾ mile – 3 y.o. and up – $500,000

A field of 10 go here which include 4 Europeans, 3 of which are foreign-bred for this distance. Arguably they could finish 1-2-3, but I’m going to leave out the 2008 winner (Muhannak) and add the only female jockey (Rosemary Homeister, Jr.) with a mount in the triple.

#5 – Father Time (GB); M/L 3-1; Ahern/Cecil

#6 – Mastery (GB); 9-5; Lanfranco/Suroor

#4 – Cloudy’s Knight; 8-1; Homeister, Jr./Sheppard

Filly Turf – 1 mile – 2 y.o. – $1,000,000

A field of 12 with 2 Also Eligible in case there is a scratch or two. Probably the most wide open contest of the day, that might deliver the highest WIN payoff as well. The mystery filly is Junia Tepzia (8-1) who is 2 for 2 in Italy.

#9 – Hatheer; 10-1; A. Garcia/McLaughlin

#5 – La Nez; 20-1; M. Smith/Kruljac

#8 – Lillie Langtry 3-1; J. Murtagh/O’Brien

Juvenile Fillies – 1 1/16 mile – 2 y.o. – $1,000,000

A field of 12 features a 50-1 maiden (Champagne D’oro) who is NOT an automatic throw-out because she last ran and lost by 7 to the 8-5 Morning Line favorite in Saturday’s Juvenile for males (Lookin At Lucky).

#7 – Devil May Care; 8-1; J. Velazquez/Pletcher

#10 – Negligee; 6-1; Maragh/Terranova

#9 – Champagne D’oro; 50-1; M. Garcia/Guillot

Filly and Mare Turf – 1¼ mile – 3 y.o. and up – $1,000,000

The shortest field of the day (8 runners) has the returning champ, Forever Together (5-2), but 3 year old Great Britain bred Midday is getting most of the attention by the Insiders. His trainer (H.R. Cecil) is one of Europe’s best but is 0-fer with his BC runners. Another BC Fact: 3 year olds are 2 for 40 in this race.

#5 – Pure Clan; 5-1; Gomez/Holthaus

#6 – Midday; 4-1; T. Queally/Cecil

#2 – Forever Together; 5-2; Leparoux/Sheppard

Filly and Mare Sprint – 6 furlongs – 3 y.o. and up – $1,000,000

The 8-5 M/L favorite (Ventura) won this event last year and her connections are boasting that she’s better now than last year. She was the beneficiary of blazing early fractions in 2008 but her 8 foes in 2009 may not be so fast early on, but trainer Bobby Frankel is the best at getting horses ready for the big stage, especially turf runners.

#7 – Informed Decision; 5-2; Leparoux/Sheppard

#9 – Ventura; 9-5; Gomez/Frankel

#1 – Free Flying Soul; 50-1; M. Smith/Headley

Ladies Classic (formerly Distaff) – 1 1/8 mile – 3 y.o. and up – $2,000,000

The 8 runners here won’t have to deal with undefeated Zenyatta as she will take on the boys in the Saturday Classic. BC Fact: 10 of the 25 winners of this contest won the Spinster stakes as their prep. Proviso (8-1) won this years Spinster, but was DQ’d and placed second.

#7 – Music Note; 9-5; Maragh/Suroor

#8 – Rainbow View; 6-1; Leparoux/Gosden

#3 – Mushka; 12-1; Desormeaux/Mott

There’s a new Gimmick Bet being introduced this year. You can wager on what jockey will have the most victories among the 14 Breeders’ Cup races. Consensus is Garrett Gomez (3-1) but I’ll go with Julien Leparoux (6-1). The entire list of jockeys and their M/L odds can be found at the below link…    


Enjoy the best that thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!