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Breeders’ Cup Mile

The moment you have all been waiting for – the Goldikova show! With the exception of the connections of the horses running against her (and one would imagine that even some of them are hoping she’ll make history), it would be hard to find anyone not looking for the French star to end her career with a fourth Breeders’ Cup Mile victory.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1. Goldikova   Olivier Peslier Freddy Head 7-5
I’d never bet against her, for sentimental or cash-related reasons. Let’s do it!
2. Zoffany  Ryan Moore Aidan P. O’Brien 20-1
Looked great last year, but then ran into Frankel – did it hurt his confidence?
3. Courageous Cat   Patrick Valenzuela William I. Mott 8-1
Certainly effective against American milers, but will have much more to do here.
4. Mr. Commons Mike Smith John A. Shirreffs 20-1
Seems to prefer turf miles, but again, he’s not faced Goldikova.
5. Gio Ponti Ramon Dominguez Christophe Clement 4-1
I hate to root against such a wonderful horse, but I will be in this instance. Hope for a good second.
6. Get Stormy Garrett Gomez Thomas M. Bush 15-1
Very honest horse – could see him hitting the board.
7. Jeranimo Martin Garcia Mike Pender 20-1
Has never been terribly consistent.
8. Byword  Maxime Guyon Andre Fabre 12-1
Has faced some impressive European fields and should finish well.
9. Court Vision Robby Albarado Dale L. Romans 30-1
Seems to have lost a step this year.
10. Sidney’s Candy John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher 15-1
A fine horse, but I can’t see it being his day.
11. Strong Suit Richard Hughes Richard Hannon 10-1
Another Frankel victim, but one who has rebounded of late.
12. Compliance Officer Alex Solis Bruce Brown 30-1
Has done very well since being claimed, but has never faced this company.
13. Turallure Julien Leparoux Charles Lopresti 8-1
Another solid North American contender, but this field goes to 11.

Predictions: Goldikova, Gio Ponti, Strong Suit, Byword
Longshot:
Byword

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