Breeders' Cup Preview


After a couple of quiet weeks, we now come to the highlight of the US racing calendar, the Breeders’ Cup, where the best horses from around the world come together to determine the best of the breed. 13 Grade 1 races will take place over the next two days, four today and the remaining nine tomorrow culminating in the Classic, worth a mighty $6m.

We will look at tonight’s races in turn:

Race: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Time: 5.25 (ET)

Distance: 1 mile

Morning Line Favorite: 13, Oscar Performance at 4/1

Aiden O’Brien has sent a strong team from Ireland for this year’s Breeders’ Cup and is double handed here with Intelligence Cross and Lancaster Bomber. Intelligence Cross, on Lasix for the first time, will love the ground and can add to O’Brien’s record of 3 from the last 5 runnings of this event.

Race: Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Time: 6.05 (ET)

Distance: 1 mile

Morning Line Favorite: 3, Dortmund at 6/5

Dortmund brings some solid form to the table here having finished second to the favourite for the Classic, California Chrome. That performance earned a Beyer of 110. Although the drop in trip may not be in his favour, Dortmund does look to have a great chance. If the wheels come off, Gun Runner could pick up the pieces.

Race: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Time: 6.50 (ET)

Distance: 1 mile

Morning Line Favorite: 13, Roly Poly at 4/1

This looks a very competitive race with none of the runners having a standout chance. Roly Poly has a similar profile to Intelligence Cross and Cavale Doree looks interesting. Her owner has supplemented her for this race at a cost of $100,000 and she is following the same route as previous winner Flotilla.

Race: Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Time: 7.35 (ET)

Distance: 1 mile and 1 furlong

Morning Line Favorite: 1, Songbird at 6/5

Songbird is a worthy favourite. She has an unblemished record of 11 wins from as many starts and one of those wins was in the Juvenile Fillies at last year’s Breders’ Cup. She is very much at home at Santa Anita having recorded five of her victories at the track. She had to miss the Kentucky Oaks due to injury but she has come back as strong as ever. The only slight negative is that she has yet to take on her elders, the best of whom could well be Stellar Wind. She is in fantastic form and already has 2 victories over dual Breeders’ Cup winner Beholder to her name.


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