Horse Players Christmas – Breeders’ Cup Saturday

November 05, 2011 | Gary Quill

Friday’s opening act for Saturday’s races saw the extremes of horse racing. Three of the six Breeders’ Cup races were won by the Post Time favorite while the other three races were won by horses who closed at odds of 6-1, 20-1 and 27-1.

Saturday’s nine (9) Breeders’ Cup races have plenty of storylines to fill time between races for the broadcasters, such as can Eldaafer (in the Marathon), Big Drama (in the Sprint) and/or Chamberlain Bridge (in the Turf Sprint) successfully defend their his titles? Will undefeated 2 year old Union Rags win the Juvenile and emerge as the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby? Can Goldikova finish her racing career by winning the Mile for the fourth consecutive year? And finally, in the Classic can Havre de Grace become only the second filly or mare to beat the boys?

 Post Time for the first BC race (is race 3 on the CD card) is scheduled for 1:50pm. The first 3 BC race (3rd race on Churchill Downs card) will only be broadcast on TVG. ABC will be broadcast races 4 thru 6 live, the ESPN will pickup the remaining five (5) races.

Below are my opinions on each of Saturday’s nine (9) Breeders’ Cup races. 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 Sprint – 1 3/4 mile (Dirt) – $500,000   (CD – Race 3; 1:20pm)

#11 – A.U. Miner (3-1)

 #3 – Meeznah (12-1)

 #1 – Birdrun (7-2)

 

BC Juvenile Turf – 1 mile (Turf) – $1,000,000  (CD – Race 4; 2:02pm)

 #5 – Wrote (12-1)

#14 – State of Play (5-1)

 #3 – Shkspeare Shaliyah (15-1)

 

BC Sprint – 6 furlongs (dirt) – $1,500,000  (CD – Race 5; 2:37pm) 

 #3 – Aikenite (8-1)

 #5 – Jackson Bend (5-1)

 #9 – Apriority (30-1)

 

BC Turf Sprint – 5 furlongs (Turf) – $1,000,000  (CD – Race 6; 3:21pm)

 #9 – Rapport (30-1)     $$$ Longshot Pick $$$

 #4 – Perfect Officer (12-1)

#13 – Caracortado (4-1)

 

BC Dirt Mile – 1 mile (Dirt) – $1,000,000  (CD – Race 7; 4:01pm)

 #8 – Caleb’s Posse (5-1)   **** BEST BET  ****

 #5 – Wilburn (4-1)

 #1 – The Factor (7-2)

 

BC Turf – 1½  miles (Turf) – $3,000,000  (CD – Race 8; 4:45pm)

 #3 – Dean’s Kitten (10-1)

 #7 – Sea Moon (4-1)

 #6 – Await the Dawn (7-2)

 

BC Juvenile – 1 1/16 mile (Dirt) – $2,000,000  (CD – Race 9; 5:25pm)

 #8 – Speightscity (12-1)

#10 – Union Rages (2-1)

 #4 – Drill (8-1)

 

BC Mile – 1 mile (Turf) – $2,000,000  (CD – Race 10; 6:07pm)

 #1 – Goldikova (7-5)

#13 – Turallure (8-1)

 #5 – Gio Ponti (4-1)

 

BC Classic – 1¼ mile (dirt) – $5,000,000  (CD – Race 11)

 #3 – Drosselmeyer (15-1)

 #2 – Flat Out (5-1)

#10 – Havre de Grace (3-1)

 

 

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