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Breeders’ Cup | Superfectablog v3.0 - Part 2

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.

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Breeders' Cup Marathon

And on to Saturday’s races! I know many of you are not fans of this race, but I am, and I’m pleased to see last year’s champion returning; it’s an interesting field.

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Horse
Trainer
Jockey
ML Odds

1.
Birdrun
Bill Mott
John Velazquez
7-2

He has been in the money often this year; worth watching.

2.
Baryshnikov
Michael Maker
Mike Smith
12-1

Second to Paddy O’Prado in the Dixie, but a [...]

Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic

This should be the high point of your Friday…

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Horse
Trainer
Jockey
ML Odds

1.
Miss Match
Neil Drysdale
Garrett Gomez
10-1

Had bad luck when taking on the boys, but has talent.

2.
Pachattack
Gerard Butler
Rajiv Maragh
12-1

Super-impressive in her second-place Spinster finish; definitely my ‘wiseguy’ pick.

3.
It’s Tricky
Kiaran McLaughlin
Ramon Dominguez
5-1

Always a threat in this company; has mixed it up with many in this field.

4.
Satan’s Quick Chick
Jeff Odintz
Edgar Prado
30-1

Tough [...]

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Getting one to one of the main attractions of Day One…

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Horse
Trainer
Jockey
ML Odds

1.
Dubawi Heights
Simon Callaghan
Joel Rosario
8-1

Solid winner of the Yellow Ribbon, but I don’t see her beating Stacelita.

2.
Stacelita
Chad Brown
Ramon Dominguez
2-1

A favorite here for good reason.

3.
Harmonious
John Shirreffs
Martin Garcia
30-1

Has managed to hit the board often, but hasn’t beaten the best here.

4.
Cambina
Jeff Bonde
Garrett Gomez
30-1

Tall order in this company.

5.
Nahrain
Roger Varian
Frankie [...]

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

Have some Grey Goose (or something)…

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
ML Odds

1.
Questing

William Buick
John Gosden
20-1

UK-bred daughter of Hard Spun tries the dirt.

2.
Candrea

Martin Garcia
Bob Baffert
6-1

Baffertt and Garcia team up again with an interesting-looking filly.

3.
Rocket Twentyone

Eddie Razo, Jr.
W.T. Howard
20-1

Winner of both her lifetime starts, though not against this sort of company.

4.
Miss Netta
Rajiv Maragh
Kiaran McLaughlin
15-1

Lightly-raced Street Sense filly steps up.

5.
Grace Hall

Ramon Dominguez
Anthony Dutrow
4-1

Three-for-three so [...]

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

On to more fast fillies and mares…

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
ML Odds

1.
Irish Gypsy

Martin Garcia
Bob Baffert
20-1

This is a good distance for her, but it’s a tall order – still, Garcia can work magic on Baffert horses…

2.
Great Hot

Chantal Sutherland
Antonio C. Avila
20-1

Brazilian-bred won last time out at Keeneland, but will she like real dirt?

3.
Turbulent Descent

David Flores
Mike Puype
6-5

Also won last time out, but [...]

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

And next up, the young turf fillies…

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
ML Odds

1.
My Gi Gi

Rafael Bejarano
Brian J. Koriner
20-1

Regally-bred filly did not show much last time, but has flashed talent in the past.

2.
Dayatthespa

Ramon Domniguez
Chad C. Brown
12-1

Has a win and a second so far.

3.
Up

Ryan Moore
Aidan P. O’Brien
20-1

Daughter of Galileo has little experience, but looks great.

4.
Stopshoppingmaria
Javier Castellano
Todd A. Pletcher
8-1

One win, always in the [...]

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint

Yes, it’s that time again – each Breeders’ Cup race, handicapped for your amusement/edification.  First up, the fleet-footed two-year olds.

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Horse
Jockey
Trainer
ML Odds

1.
Seeker
Julien Leparoux
Steven M. Asmussen
4-1

I love that he’s by Hard Spun and has always been in the money (granted, in only three starts). I’ve also found betting Leparoux on BC weekend handy.

2.
Sum of the Parts
Rajiv Maragh
Thomas [...]

Obligatory Annual Horse of the Year Post

Annual award or longue durée importance?

I know, I know, I’ve said before that Horse of the Year really doesn’t matter – and from an Annales School perspective, that is very much the case. The fact remains that people beyond the core constituency of horse racing insiders and fans will remember Zenyatta – [...]

Breeders' Cup 2010: Parting Thoughts

High point: Goldikova's hat-trick

As we’ve already covered the Friday races, we’ll just reiterate these two points:

Do not cross Calvin Borel.  Do feel free to pitch a reality TV show in which he becomes a boxer or MMA star – it may be wrong, but it would be a guilty pleasure. #jockeyfight

 

Life At Ten: luckily, [...]

On Perfection: Musings on Zenyatta and Goldikova

Zenyatta and Blame, joined in history

Perfection can be a double-edged sword; no one suggests that missing out on maintaining it by inches has in any way tainted Zenyatta’s reputation, but it could be argued that its pursuit has, in some sense, held her back.  While jockey Mike Smith may continue to lament his role [...]