Breeders' Cup Saturday Preview - Part 1
We move on to day two of the Breeders’ Cup. Nine races today culminating in the $6m Classic.
Race: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
Time: 3.05 (ET)
Distance: 1 mile and a sixteenth
Morning Line Favorite: 10, Noted and Quoted 9/2
This looks a wide open race. Noted and Quoted may have been flattered by her last win and Dancing Rags and American Gal are my two against the field.
Race: Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares Turf
Time: 3.43 (ET)
Distance: 1 mile and a quarter
Morning Line Favorite: 8, Lady Eli at 5/2
Lady Eli looked like a superstar in the making as a juvenile, winning her first six starts including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile here in 2014. She was then off for 420 days with a severe bout of laminitis before coming back with a good second and then taking Belmont’s grade 1 Flower Bowl. She wasn’t that impressive and will need to come on for that run if she is taste Breeders’ Cup glory again.
There is a large foreign raiding party although it doesn’t look to be of the highest quality. Aiden O’Brien’s may provide the biggest threat but the trip may be a little on the short side.
Race: Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Dirt)
Time: 4.21 (ET)
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Morning Line Favorite: 7, Masochistic at 2/1
Just 8 runners face the starter following the withdrawal of Lord Indian. I liked the look of Drefong but he may well get involved in a speed duel with Masochistic and this may leave things open for AP Indian, who has been in unbeatable form this year over this trip.
Race: Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Time: 5.05 (ET)
Distance: 6 ½ furlongs
Morning Line Favorite: 1, Pure Sensation at 5/1
A full field for this race although it does not look the strongest of renewals. Washington DC is one of two European raiders and, although he doesn’t win very often, his second in the grade 2 Prix de l’Abbaye is good form. Celestine is extremely capable on her day and looks well-weighted with her 3 pound sex allowance and could go well at a big price.
That completes part one of our preview. Part 2 will be available shortly.