Breeders’ Cup Saturday – Let’s Hear It For The Boys!

November 07, 2009 | Gary Quill

Six down, eight to go! On Friday, the ladies strutted their stuff over the Santa Anita race courses turf and synthetic surfaces. There was plenty of drama, excitement and nice prices to make some money with exotic plays. My blog picks yielded two (2) Trifectas, one “cold” that included a 35-1 3rd place finisher.

On Saturday it’s the boys turn with eight (8) races on tap which will be broadcast live from Arcadia, CA 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 1 mile Juvenile Turf is the 2nd race on the Santa Anita card.


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

A field of 12 that should be dominated by the Europeans, but there isn’t an abundance of early speed, so if the pace is slow, there might be a surprise right of the bat.


#5 – Gallant Gent; M/L 30-1; Rosario/Lewis

#10 – Becky’s Kitten; 12-1; Leparoux/Ward

#4 – Pounced; 9-2; Dettori/Gosden


Turf Sprint – 6½ furlongs – 3 y.o. and up – $1,000,000

A field of 14 with 2 Also Eligible in case there is a scratch or two. Surprisingly, only 2 European entrants but one of them has a big chance because he’s been training over this surface for the past month under the capable tutelage of trainer Richard Mandella.


#4 – Lord Shanakill; 8-1; J. Crowley/Mandella

#7 – Gotta Have Her; 15-1; T. Baze/Sahadi

#6 – Cannonball; 8-1; Dominguez/Ward


Sprint – 6 furlongs – 3 y.o. and up – $2,000,000

The fastest race of the day. All you need to know is 4 words, Zen-Sa-Tion-Al. If the filly (Fleeting Spirit) beats him to the quarter pole, it will compromise his chances and enhance those of deep closer Gayego.     


#1 – Zensational; 7-5; V. Espinoza/Baffert

#9 – Fleeting Spirit (f); 8-1; Dettori/Noseda

#5 – Gayego; 5-2; Gomez/Suroor


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

The 2010 Kentucky Derby winner could be among this group of 13, but I doubt it…and you can quote me on it! The 13th post will hurt 8-5 M/L favorite Lookin At Lucky, and second choice D’Funnybone is untested at this distance and surface, so there is plenty of value to be found.


#9 – Aikenite; 8-1; A. Garcia/Pletcher

#10 – Aspire; 20-1; Leparoux/Kenneally

#12 – William’s Kitten; 30-1; Dominguez/Maker


Mile Turf – 1 mile – 3 y.o. and up – $2,000,000

The returning champ (Goldikova) takes on 10 foes in defense of her 2008 BC Mile Turf crown. Court Vision recently had surgery on an undescended “family jewel” and has been training great ever since, Hmmmm.


#1 – Court Vision; 12-1; Albarado/R. Dutrow

#11 – Goldikova (IRE); 8-5; Peslier/Head

#9 – Gladiatorus; 20-1; Ajtebi/Suroor


Dirt Mile – 1 mile – 3 y.o. and up – $1,000,000

A field of 9 North American runners will face a European turf superstar who tried a synthetic surface for the first time in 11 career outings one month ago, with smashing success.


#1 – Mastercraftsman (IRE); 6-5; J. Murtagh/O’Brien

#9 – Chocolate Candy; 15-1; Rosario/Hollendorfer

#8 – Mr. Sidney; 12-1; Desormeaux/Mott


Turf – 1½ mile – 3 y.o. and up – $3,000,000

Historically this race has been dominated by runners from across the pond, and this year should be no exception with a clean sweep and most likely the cheapest exotic payoffs of the day.

#7 – Spanish Moon; 5-2; Fallon/Stoute

#2 – Conduit (IRE); 7-5; R. Moore/Stoute

#5 – Dar Re Mi (IRE); 3-1; Dettori/Gosden


Classic – 1¼  mile – 3 y.o. and up – $5,000,000

The Big Finale where 5 yr old mare Zenyetta puts perfection (13 for 13) on the line against a dozen males including 2009 Kentucky Derby winner (Mine That Bird) and Belmont winner (Summer Bird). She’ll be running on her home turf, er uh, Pro-Ride synthetic surface, but “I know Rachel Alexandra, and she’s no Rachel Alexandra”.  I love Summer Bird, but not today. BC Fact: 15 Travers winners (Summer Bird this yr.) have failed in trying to win the BC Classic in the same year.


#2 – Colonel John; 12-1; Gomez/Harty

#8 – Gio Ponti; 12-1; Dominguez/Clement

#5 – Twice Over (GB); 20-1; Queally/Cecil


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