BREEDERS’ CUP SELECTIONS

Oct 22, 2002 5:13 AM

(Selections made in order of preference)

DISTAFF

1: Azeri: so good, she brings her trainer to tears. 2: Farda Amiga: Fresh, fit, should get good trip. 3: Mandy’s Gold: Stretching out but never out of the money. 4: Summer Colony: Beat Azeri, but last was dull, even at one turn.

JUVENILE FILLIES

1: Storm Flag Flying: Unbeaten miss is the real deal. 2: Westerly Breeze: Broke her maiden at Arlington. 3: Composure: Baffert’s best filly. 4: Ruby’s Reception: Should appreciate added distance.

MILE

1: Rock of Gibraltar: Monster in Europe, could start big day for O’Brien. 2: Good Journey: Seeks fifth straight, always right there in U.S. 3: Dress To Thrill: Irish-bred in good hands for upset. 4: Beat Hollow: Big reputation, needs perfect trip.

SPRINT

1: Swept Overboard: Worked five furlongs from gate in bullet :59 flat, best of 38 works at the distance, should have plenty of pace to run down, and owes me from last year. 2: Xtra Heat: Hard to fault her .774 batting average. 3: Kona Gold: Former champ working up a storm for this. 4: Crafty C.T.: The "steam" horse, but is he good enough?

FILLY & MARE TURF

1: Golden Apples: At top of her game, won over course. 2: Dublino: Have her to deal with down the lane. 3: Islington: Only beaten two lengths by Arc winner. 4: Banks Hill: Nakatani knocked for Yellow Ribbon ride, but I still doubt if she would have been second.

JUVENILE

1: Vindication: The next Secretariat? 2: Van Nistelrooy: European invader looks he’s worth $6.4 million. 3: Toccet: He shoots, he scores! 4: Sky Mesa: Undefeated, but what did he beat?

TURF

1: Golan: First part of Irish-bred quinella. 2: High Chaparral completes the exotic. 3: The Tin Man: Sets the pace, but distance is testing. 4: Falcon Flight: Motors late, likes the course.

CLASSIC

1: Came Home: Silences doubters at last; Paco says he’s ready to run "race of his life." 2: Hawk Wing: Another O’Brien monster. 3: Evening Attire: Glistened in Gold Cup, on a roll. 4: Milwaukee Brew: Will need APB to find him early, but could pick off stragglers.

Best bet: This is a day to wager across the board on your plays. Box car payoffs for place and show bets are common.