In this year’s Breeders’ Cup, the focus will be on two great female champions, the undefeated “Mighty Mare” Zenyatta (picturerd) and Goldikova.
Zenyatta is looking to close out her illustrious career with her 20th straight win and Horse of the Year honors. The great French femme fatale, Goldikova, is the world traveler, winning 14 of 20 career starts and over $5 million.
Also, Goldikova seeks to beat the boys for the third straight time in the BC Mile, which is set some two hours before the BC Classic. Both of these girls look to beat the best of the best boys in the world which looks to make this one of the most exciting Breeders’ Cups of all time.
In 15 starts going a mile on the grass, Goldikova has won 12 with three seconds against some of the best competition in the world.
Let’s take a snap shot look at the BC races, starting from the Classic, and examine the top contenders before the post position draw. We don’t know the track condition, but presently it looks like perfect racing weather in Louisville.
In the Classic, Zenyatta will be the one that most horse players, especially here on the West Coast, will be cheering for with our hearts. She will need to be at her very best and get the perfect trip to win this race.
Blame looks to be working well and he has won three of four starts at Churchill Downs.
Lookin At Lucky is one of the horses I will be on, trying to redeem his Kentucky Derby loss back in May. Since Martin Garcia has gotten the mount, Lucky has won three straight and has never lost on a fast dirt strip. LAL is also getting plenty of play in Europe.
Todd Pletcher looks to have the classy Quality Road ready to run a huge race.
If you are looking for a price play in the exotics, take a shot with Musket Man who has never been out of the money in 13 career starts at nine different tracks. If the Japanese horse Espoir City (winner of last year’s Japanese Cup) runs, you will need to consider him in the exotics.
Moving backwards, in the 1½-Mile BC on grass, it looks like the Euros have a big edge in here with Behkabad, the John Gosden-trained Debussy and the Juddmonte-owned Workforce. The Japanese bred Red Desire had a nice prep at Belmont for this.
In the BC Turf Mile, the super mare, Goldikova, who is looking for an unprecedented third straight win in this race looks best. Paco Boy will get one more shot, and these two could run 1-2. In the BC, with all the big money being wagered, Goldikova could be a very good place bet.
In the Juvenile, trainer Rick Dutrow has been at his usual talkative self saying things like Boys At Tosconova is the second coming. He will need to be at his best to beat Uncle Mo. The price play could be Mo’s stablemate, Stay Thirsty, and the West Coast will be sending J P’s Gusto and past HTW horse Jaycito, who looks to have a big shot from off the pace.
The BC Turf Sprint should be one of the most wide open races of the day. The main contenders look to be Chamberlain Bridge, who excelled here at this distance and Silver Timber, who will be looking for a suicide pace to launch his big closing run — after that this one is wide open.
In the BC Dirt Mile, the Richard Mandella trained Crown of Thorns looks to have a big shot at a good price. Godolphin sends out the 1-2 punch of Vineyard Haven and Gayego. Local favorite Here Comes Ben is not without a shot.
In the BC Juvenile Turf, the Euros look to have an edge with undefeated Italian colt Biondetti and the O’Brien trained Master Of Hounds.
John Gosden, who always comes here with a purpose, sends out Utley but this one is very wide open. There are good American horses like Air Support and Soldat, who just ran behind Air Support.
In the BC Ladies’ Classic, it looks like the main girls are Blind Luck, who will try and beat her main rival Havre de Grace. Evening Jewel looks right there along with Life At Ten and course specialist Acoma.
In the BC Juvenile Fillies, the West Coast girls AZ Warrior and Tell a Kelly will try and beat the East Coast girls R Heat Lighting and the Calder filly Awesome Feather. The Euros send big turf filly Theyskens’ Theory. The speedy Indian Gracey also could get a piece.
On Friday’s card, we start with the Filly and Mare Turf, which will feature the Juddmonte-owned Midday. Her main threat looks to come from the Andre Fabre-trained French invader Plumania, who beat the boys in the Grade 1 Grand de Saint-Cloud and Japanese filly Red Desire. The best Americans are Harmonious and Hibaayeb.
In the Filly and Mare Sprint, the main contenders look to be Champagne d’Oro, Informed Decision (last year’s winner and 7 furlong specialist) and the speedy Rightly So, who has won all three of her 7 furlong starts. Dubai Majesty and Sarah Louise also both look to have a say.
In the BC Juvenile Filly Turf, looking best are American entries Winter Memories and Kathmanblu. John Gosden brings in Flood Pain and Aidan O’Brien has Together and Tale Untold, who ran right behind Together last time out.
The first race on Friday will be the Marathon. The main contenders could be Prince Will I Am along with Alcomo and Atoned, who is a true dirt horse.
If you don’t wish to fight the long lines, you can open a phone betting account at one of your favorite Stations Casino properties along with any of the Boyd Group properties and Cantor at M Resort.
You can also open a horse betting account at Wynn from home (read the ad in this week’s GT) and don’t forget the huge Palace Station Seminar this Thursday at 6 p.m., featuring myself, Vic Vivio and the all-knowing Ralph Siraco – plus free food and cocktail service.