Results for Breeders’ Cup Saturday Races

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Bad gate position in a 14-horse field for 4-1 second choice Selcourt, who has never broken from the rail post or faced more than seven rivals in six previous starts. The M/L favorite Marley’s Freedom, who lost consecutive starts from post 1 before embarking on an impressive four-race win streak, won’t be hurt by post 13 at seven furlongs. But continuing a trend of race favorites drawing poorly, the recent Grade 1 winner will break from post 13. She’s riding a four-race winning streak with triple-digit Equibase figures in each of those races. The filly does not typically go for the lead, which will be perfect given how many others in this field like the front. Seven months ago Selcourt, who will break from the rail, handed Marley’s Freedom her last loss but has not been seen since.

$2 Wager Paid:

Horse Win Place Show
Shamrock Rose 53.80 21.40 11.20
Chalon 14.60 9.20
Anonymity 15.60

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Marley’s Freedom
  • Selcourt
  • Chalon

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

After drawing the rail last year, M/L favorite that likely is on account of him having the highest last race figures. Disco Partner fared much better in post 5Stormy Liberal, who returns for a title defense with a three-race win streak, may contend for favoritism from post 9. And post 11 looks like no obstacle for World of Trouble, who has shown an affinity for less-than-firm ground in a pair of turf starts and looks like the one to catch with Irad Ortiz. Conquest Tsunami, a speedy invader from Southern California, wasn’t so fortunate with post 14 and has not scored since February. World of Trouble has as good a shot as anyone and has won his last two races since switching to the turf.

$2 Wager Paid:

Horse Win Place Show
Stormy Liberal 16.00 6.40 4.00
World of Trouble 3.80 3.00
Disco Partner 3.40

 

Our Top Three Picks:

  • World of Trouble
  • Disco Partner
  • Chanteline

Breeders’ Cup Turf Dirt Mile

Catalina Cruiser, has wins over the competition in all four starts is the 8/5 M/L. He will be forwardly placed in an attempt to wire the field. His main challengers are City of Light and Trigger Warning. They both have early speed, and both should be asked to the leave the gate running with Catalina Cruiser . He also has the talent to sit off pace and should be able to beat either to the wire.

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Horse Win Place Show
City of Light 7.20 4.20 3.20
Seeking The Soul 7.00 4.60
Bravazo 5.80

Firenze Fire ran fourth.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Catalina Cruiser
  • Firenze Fire
  • City of Light

Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

Chad Brown has trained three of the last six winners and will field five starters in the 14-horse Filly & Mare Turf (G1). With outsiders on the extreme outside (posts 11-14), no major contenders appeared hurt by the draw. After a run of favorites in this race starting in 2012, the Filly and Mare Sprint has produced some bigger prices the past few years. Sistercharlie ran a credibly race considering how wide she traveled throughout the early and middle stages of the race. She’s a tactical type who can sit off a blistering pace, which all but guaranteed in this spot, and she’s drawn pretty well. This horse has run two strong races over a wet track.

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Horse Win Place Show
Sistercharlie 8.60 4.20 3.40
Wild Illusion 4.80 3.30
A Raving Beauty 6.40

Magic Wand ran fourth.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Sistercharlie
  • Magic Wand
  • Wild Illusion

TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Post 2 could prove favorable for Promises Fulfilled, who doesn’t have any other speed in his immediate vicinity and will be sent from post 2. The other possible speed, Imperial Hint and Distinctive B, will be braking break from posts 5 and 7. Imperial Hint will out duel Roy H down the lane.

$2 Wager Paid:

Horse Win Place Show
Roy H 7.40 4.00 2.60
Whitmore 5.80 3.60
Imperial Hint 2.60

Promises Fulfilled ran fourth.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Imperial Hint
  • Roy H
  • Promises Fulfilled

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Eight of the 14 are European invaders and the French three-year-old filly. With morning line favorite Polydream and Hunt both early scratches, also eligibles Divisidero and Clemmie, both 30-1 shots, drew into the Breeders’ Cup Mile. That leaves Oscar Performance as the 6/1 top morning line choice, which speaks volumes about this field. Oscar Performance to take the field gate-to-wire. Note that he has not run well over soft ground. Analyze It will need to hustle from a tough outside starting position (post 12). Expert Eyea three-year-old appears to be improving and at 8/1 M/L.

$2 Wager Paid:

Horse Win Place Show
Expert Eye 13.80 7.00 4.60
Catapult 7.20 4.60
Analyze It 4.60

Oscar Performance stubbled away from the gate and was last heading into first turn.  Oscar Performance was not a factor.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Oscar Performance
  • Expert Eye
  • Mustashry

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

The Distaff is one of those races with speed ,class, and depth. Morning line favorite Monomoy Girl had her winning streak broken when she was disqualified and placed second behind rival Midnight Bisou in the Cotillion last out. Of course this year’s Kentucky Oaks winner will have to outrun last year’s Oaks winner Abel Tasman.

Monomoy Girl overcame post 14 when capturing the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs in early May and received the outermost draw in an 11-horse Distaff. It’s far from ideal, but the sophomore filly has the speed to avoid being caught too wide early; connections would probably prefer to sit second or third, but Monomoy Girl remains capable of dictating terms if no rivals are committed to the lead. Abel Tasman, who faltered after failing to break alertly from an inside post  in the La Troienne on the Oaks undercard.

The field also includes recent Grade 1 winners Blue Prize, Wow Cat, and Vale Dori, plus Queen’s Plate winner Wonder Gadot. Abel Tasman and are the likely pacesetters and could throw down from the very start. That leaves the rest of the field in a pretty decent spot if things get heated quickly. Blue Prize and Monomoy Girl have the best records at Churchill Downs. Wonder Gadot will be running at the leaders down the lane.

$2 Wager Paid:

Horse Win Place Show
Monomoy Girl 5.60 3.40 3.00
Wow Cat 5.40 4.00
Midnight Bisou 4.40

Blue Prize ran fourth. Abel Tasman was not a factor.

Our Top Three Picks

  • Monomoy Girl
  • Abel Tasman
  • Blue Prize

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Even-money favorite Enable drew well in post 2 as she tries to become the first horse to complete the Arc-Turf double in the same season. Things did not go well for Group 1 scorer and 9-2 second choice Waldgeist, an impressive winner of the Prix Foy two back and a close fourth to Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last out. The four-year-old will start from post 12 in the three-turn affair.

Enable is one of the best horses in training. This talented filly has lost only once in her career, scoring in nine of 10, including return trips to the winner’s circle in the last two editions of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Beating the boys has never been a problem for her. Win this at a short price. Robert Bruce won the Arlington Million only finished second as the favorite in his last at Belmont, but he could still be the best of the rest. Speed was hard to beat on the turf here yesterday, but the surface should be more firm today and he could come flying if the speed does start backing up. Channel Maker comes into this race is the right way. He’s been a closer for most of his career, but he wired the field, at this distance, in his most recent start. He might try to set the pace.

$2 Wager Paid:

Horse Win Place Show
Enable 3.60 3.00 2.60
Magical 6.80 4.80
Sadler’s Joy 8.80

Arklow ran fourth.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Enable
  • Magical
  • Waldgeist

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Accelerate will break from the far outside in the 14-horse Classic and while it’s a long run to the first turn, the favorite must still negotiate the proper trip. A four-time Grade 1 winner in Southern California this year, the five-year-old will try to carry his form outside of the Golden State. Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) runner-up Thunder Snow had no luck getting post 1. Front-runners Catholic Boy (post 3) and McKinzie (post 6) will break inside of Mendelssohn, who has been all in for the early lead in his last three starts and will probably be hustling again from post 9; a lot of horses want to race up close in this year’s Classic.

Accelerate has a tough post to overcome but he does seem capable of doing it. He possesses enough tactical speed to get decent position despite starting from so far outside. On the other hand, there is an abundance of speed in this race and he could be stuck in the middle of the track going into the far turn which increases the distance that he has to run.

$2 Wager Paid:

Horse Win Place Show
Accelerate 7.40 6.00 4.40
Gunnevera 21.80 11.80
Thunnder Snow 8.00

Yoshida fourth.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Accelerate
  • West Coast
  • McKinzie

 

 

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