With just over two weeks remaining until the Breeders’ Cup is run at Santa Anita (Nov. 1-2), here are some key handicapping information sources that can be used ahead of the big days to help players find valued oriented contenders.
The Daily Racing Form’s Breeders’ Cup Advance edition will be available in print on Friday, October 25 after pre-entries are taken Monday, October 21. The Advance will include lifetime past performances of all pre-entered runners and gives fans time to start to isolate potential plays before the post-position draw on Monday, October 28. The online version of the Breeders’ Cup Advance will be available on Wednesday, October 23.
Important videos of workouts by Breeders’ Cup runners are compiled daily at www.xbtv.com. The video archives are free to access. Once on the website, simply click on the Breeders’ Cup button at the top and choose a Breeders’ Cup race. The available workout videos for runners scheduled for that race will then be accessible and players can make their own determinations about how Breeders’ Cup horses are training.
The best way to watch the races for the European shippers is YouTube. Simply search for the key Breeders’ Cup prep races by name and players can watch those race replays for free.
With so much important information available with a simple click on your computer, horseplayers can take advantage of the wagering possibilities and huge pools that can make the Breeders’ Cup as important to fans as it is to breeders, owners, and trainers.
Breeders’ Cup notes
Here are the latest updates from last week regarding the Breeders’ Cup:
Jockey Florent Geroux suffered a broken sternum in a Sunday morning training accident and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks, putting him out of the Breeders’ Cup.
Trainer Bob Baffert announced last week that Joel Rosario will replace Mike Smith aboard McKinzie in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Pennsylvania Derby winner Math Wizard and Oklahoma Derby winner Owendale have been confirmed as likely starters in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The mare Elated may be cross-entered in both the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. At the current time trainer Bill Mott appears to be leaning towards the Breeders’ Cup Classic vs. the boys due to the longer 10-furlong distance.
No decision has been made regarding which race Omaha Beach will compete. The Breeders’ Cup Sprint, the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and the Breeders’ Cup Classic are all under consideration. Trainer Richard Mandella has said Fox Hill Farm owner Rick Porter has left the decision up to him.
Trainer John Sadler is undecided between the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the Breeders’ Cup Mile for Catalina Cruiser. Joel Rosario is scheduled to replace Flavien Prat.
Fall Classic Tournament
The Fall Classic handicapping tournament at The Orleans in Las Vegas is one of the original contests in the now crowded tournament world.
The Classic starts Thursday and the three-day handicapping event includes Belmont Park, Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park West, Hawthorne, Keeneland, and Santa Anita (Friday and Saturday only since there is no Thursday racing this week at Santa Anita) as contest tracks.
Contestants will make 15 mythical $100 win bets from any of the tournaments tracks, with the first $20 paying full track odds and the rest capped at 19-1. The highest mutual totals will determine the winners.
One of the best features of the Fall Classic is that there are an additional three daily contests within the entire tournament. Players will vie for approximately $13,500 in daily prize money on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in addition to the estimated $135,000 in cash prizes for the Fall Classic (estimates based on 300 entrants).
The top three finishers will also earn a spot in the 2020 Boyd Gaming Horse Player World Series next March.
Horseplayers who have yet to play in a tournament will find a format that rewards outside-the-box thinking. The entry fee is a reasonable $500 and copies of the Daily Racing Form and lunch are included each tournament day. It’s a fun event and if you’re a novice or a veteran, the Fall Classic is worth participating in.
Lindo Report Play for Gaming Today: Keeneland Thursday, Race 7 – Complexifier (No. 9).
This promising juvenile from the Brian Lynch stable figures to get another nice trip stalking the early speed from the outside.
That trip has been working well at Keeneland so far this meet, so consider Complexifier a possible “single” in the late Pick Five and Pick Four wagers.