counter for wordpress
Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries: Saturday Races | Superfectablog v3.0

Racehorses in History

June: Fairy Chant
b. 1937
Why: A champion at 3 and 4, Fairy Chant won the Beldame twice. She was in the money for 26 of her 42 races.

Raceday 360


Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries: Saturday Races

Zenyatta and Goldikova

Two Triples?

And so, on to the Saturday Breeders’ Cup races – rumors that there are some other horses competing beyond Goldikova and Zenyatta are entirely true.  While the two champion mares are, without question, the stars of the event, each race on the card has something worthwhile going on.

After all, there’s a Kentucky Derby winner, an Epsom Derby/Arc victor, an Arlington Millionaire and a Japanese champion in the mix on this card – that’s an illustrious supporting cast.

Juvenile Turf

Horse / Trainer (all horses carry 122 lbs)

Air Support / McGaughey
Pluck / Pletcher
Rogue Romance / McPeek
Soldat / McLaughlin
Madman Diaries / Ward
Major Gain / Catalano
Willcox Inn / Stidham
Deciphering Dreams / R. Dutrow
Banned / Proctor
Biondetti / al Zarooni
Dux Scholar / Stoute
Mantoba / Meehan
Master of Hounds / O’Brien
Utley / Gosden
Others entered -
Typhoon Slew / Maker
Rough Sailing / Stidham
Silver Medallion / Brown
Humble and Hungry / Correas IV

Notes: Biondetti has the Juvenile as his first preference, but is cross-entered here. It’s hard not to like Madman Diaries, given Wesley Ward’s recent record with turf juveniles; there will be some local Philly-area rooting interest if Rogue Romance, whose sire Smarty Jones is moving back to Pennsylvania, opts for this (though he has the Juvenile as his preference as well) and Utley, who though coming from Europe is American-bred and owned by George Strawbridge. While his baseball-related name may resonate with some, I’m more interested in the fact that he’s a half-brother to Rainbow View and Just as Well - and that his trainer keeps winning this race. Master of Hounds is also well worth watching.


Horse (weight) / Trainer

Big Drama (126) / Fawkes
Smiling Tiger (124) / Bonde
Wise Dan (124) / Lopresti
Warrior’s Reward (126) / Wilkes
Riley Tucker (126) / Asmussen
Girolamo (126) / bin Suroor
Atta Boy Roy (126) / Lund
Supreme Summit (126) / Puype
Kinsale King (126) / O’Callaghan
Cash Refund (126) / Margolis
Hamazing Destiny (126) / Lukas
Pashito the Che (126) / Lake

Notes: Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Kinsale King is, like Zenyatta, a Guinness drinker, but he hasn’t raced since July. Big Drama and Warrior’s Reward are both heavyweights here, and I like Riley Tucker and Girolamo as well.

Turf Sprint

Horse (weight) / Trainer

Chamberlain Bridge (126) / Calhoun
Quick Enough (126) / O’Neill
Silver Timber (126) Brown
Unzip Me (123) / Jones
Stradivinsky (126) / R. Dutrow
Central City (126) / Werner
Grand Adventure (126) / Frostad
Tropic Storm (126) / C. Dollase
Due Date (126) / Margolis
Rose Catherine (121) / Pletcher
Bridgetown (124) / McPeek
California Flag (126) / Koriner
Canadian Ballet (123) / Rice
Kinsale King (126) / O’Callaghan
Others entered -
Waveline (123) / B. Cecil
Ravalo (126) / Barr
Lt. Hopeful (126) / Armstrong
Yield Bogey (126) / Kelly

Notes: With Kinsale King listing the Sprint as his first preference, Waveline should make the field – she’s been close behind Unzip Me, who has a great shot here, in the past. And while my intention is not to focus solely on the talented fillies in this race, Canadian Ballet is also interesting. As to the boys, I like seeing California Flag here, and think Silver Timber is a real threat.


Horse / Trainer (all horses carry 122 lbs)

Jaycito / Mitchell
J. B.’s Thunder / Stall Jr.
Uncle Mo / Pletcher
J P’s Gusto / Hofmans
Boys at Tosconova / R. Dutrow
Riveting Reason / Cho
Stay Thirsty / Pletcher
Madman Diaries / Ward
Rogue Romance / McPeek
Biondetti / al Zarooni
Murjan / Miller

Notes: It’s hard to see beyond Uncle Mo, and Boys at Tosconova will likely not go off at terribly interesting odds either. Rogue Romance may indeed end up being the value of the field – if he can finish ahead of those two.


Horse (weight) / Trainer

Court Vision (126) / R. Dutrow
Gio Ponti (126) / Clement
Proviso (123) / Mott
Society’s Chairman (126) / Attfield
Get Stormy (126) / Bush
The Usual Q.T. (126) / Cassidy
Sidney’s Candy (123) / Sadler
Beethoven (123) / O’Brien
Delegator (126) / bin Suroor
Goldikova (123) / Head
Paco Boy (126) / Hannon

Notes: Obviously, my chief interest here is in seeing Goldikova make history, should she win her third Breeders’ Cup race. I’d also love to see Proviso finish just behind her – though they will have a tough competitor in Paco Boy. Court Vision has proven himself on the grass and could well get a pieces of the purse, but here’s hoping for a threepeat. I’m presuming Gio Ponti will opt for the Classic – a good placing on dirt would do more for him in his next career than a second-place finish here.

Dirt Mile

Horse (weight) / Trainer

Dakota Phone (126) / Hollendorfer
Mad Flatter (126) / Thornbury
Awesome Gem (126) / C. Dollase
Crown of Thorns (126) / Mandella
Here Comes Ben (126) / Lopresti
Tizway (126) / Bond
Hurricane Ike (123) / Sadler
Cool Coal Man (126) / Zito
Morning Line (123) / Zito
Thiskyhasnolimit (123) / Asmussen
Gayego (126) / bin Suroor
Vineyard Haven (126) / bin Suroor
Mine That Bird (126) / Lukas
Tropic Storm (126) / C. Dollase
Others entered -
Aikenite (123) / Pletcher

Notes: I think this race is a bit unfairly maligned at times and I find this field quite interesting. Awesome Gem can continue to finish second (or could even win), but he’s now officially Marathon-bound, and I really like Gayego’s chances as well. Cool Coal Man also has a real opportunity, as does Hurricane Ike. While many are not expecting much, I don’t think it’s a bad place for Mine That Bird to try his luck once more – he’s another horse who may look better in retrospect than to present-day eyes, and it’s nice to see him taking a chance. Aikenite should make the race, as Morning Line and Tropic Storm should opt for other races.


Horse (weight) / Trainer

Behkabad (122) / Rouget
Debussy (126) / Gosden
Champ Pegasus (126) / Mandella
Paddy O’Prado (122) / Romans
Winchester (126) / Clement
Al Khali (126) / Mott
Telling (126) / Hobby
Red Desire (123) / Matsunaga
Dangerous Midge (126) / Meehan
Plumania (123) / Fabre
Workforce (122) / Stoute

Notes: While Paddy O’Prado’s connections have indicated that he’s more likely in the Classic, I’d really like to see him here; it’s going to be a fairly small field, with the two fillies, Red Desire and Plumania, likely opting for the Filly & Mare Turf, and that could open things up for an American horse. However, I see this race as Workforce’s to lose.


Horse (weight) / Trainer

Blame (126) / Stall Jr.
Zenyatta (123) / Shirreffs
Quality Road (126) / Pletcher
Lookin At Lucky (122) / Baffert
First Dude (122) / Romans
Dakota Phone (126) / Hollendorfer
Musket Man (126) / Ryan
Fly Down (122) / Zito
Haynesfield (126) / Asmussen
Crown of Thorns (126) / Mandella
Paddy O’Prado (122) / Romans
Etched (126) / McLaughlin
Espoir City (126) / Adachi
Gio Ponti (126) / Clement
Others entered -
Morning Line (122) / Zito
Pleasant Prince (122) / Ward

Notes: Sorry boys, this is about Zenyatta. I’m not dismissing Blame, who has a huge chance here – but I suspect we’ve never seen what Zenyatta can really do. Quality Road and Musket Man both seem suited to shorter races (and I hope we see a better-behaved Quality Road than we did last year), but the 3-year-olds get a nice weight break compared to some of their elders. Of course, it seems a bit unfair that Zenyatta, who is surely the largest horse in the field, carries only 123 lbs – but she does carry the weight of public expectation, which must count for something.

We’ll have a more detailed analysis of each race after post positions are drawn – check back for that!

1 comment to Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries: Saturday Races



Leave a Reply




You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>