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Weekend Results & Breeders’ Cup Plans

Ventura added her success in the Woodbine Mile to the ongoing Season of Female Domination; second in this race last year, she blew past the field to win easily this time around. Although it’s a Win and You’re In Race for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, she’ll be heading to the Filly & Mare Sprint to defend her title. While Ventura is very tough at a mile, it makes sense for her to go to her preferred sprinting distance – since Goldikova looks nearly unbeatable in the Mile.

Goldikova’s trainer, Freddie Head, has opted to send the 4-year-old to the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp for her final Breeders’ Cup prep – and he also suggested that she might remain in training next year, which is an exciting prospect. Should Goldikova repeat her Mile win, she will be the second mare partnered by Head to such a result; he was the jockey aboard the great Miesque for both of her Breeders’ Cup Mile wins – and he thinks that Goldikova is better (and certainly easier to ride). Now in possession of six G1 wins and a gilded list of defeated foes, it’s not surprising that she may be scaring off some competition.

Other European horses with possible Breeders’ Cup plans include Ballydoyle’s Rip Van Winkle and Mastercraftsman, both of whom are under consideration for the Classic (although they tend to excel at the mile distance – but see Goldikova, above). Sea the Stars is still looking unlikely, but is a theoretical possibility for the race.

Recently unlucky (to put it nicely) filly Dar Re Mi may head to the Filly & Mare Turf, and Godolphin recently purchased Delegator (last seen beating older horses after previously finishing in the wake of Sea the Stars) with a view toward the Mile (although I don’t love his chances against Goldikova). Obviously there will be a slew of European horses coming for the Turf – but you knew that already.

Although she is not being pointed toward this year’s Breeders’ Cup, it’s not a bad bet to keep an eye on Deluxe – the 2-year-old filly won her debut race in France, and if she follows in her sisters’ hoofprints, we can expect to see this latest daughter of Hasili in the Breeders’ Cup at some point in the next few years. Banks Hill won the Filly & Mare Turf at 3 and was second at 4, while Intercontinental won the race at 5. (Champs Elysees, another Hasili foal, had bad racing luck over the weekend in the Northern Dancer – he ended up being placed third after an inquiry).

Back in the States, the appallingly-named D’Funnybone stamped himself as a favorite for the Juvenile in the Futurity, while Regal Ransom put himself back in play for the Classic with his Super Derby win. With only a few more major races to go before we get to serious Breeders’ Cup countdown time, divisions are beginning to tighten up – here’s where things get interesting…

Breeders’ Cup horse betting

2 comments to Weekend Results & Breeders’ Cup Plans

  • The_Knight_Sky

    D' Funnybone by D'wildcat out of the mare Elbow is not scheduled to compete in the BC Juvenile at this time.

    He is expected to make his final start in The Champagne stakes. If Dutrow jr. / Pompa jr. feel he has a chance for an Eclipse he may even try The Remsen.

    PS: very appealing layout here at this blog. 😉

  • Valerie

    According to the Monday's Daily Racing Form:

    While owner Paul Pompa Jr. said his ultimate goal with D' Funnybone is to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the horse came out of his dominant victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont Park so well that he could run back in the Grade 1 Champagne here Oct. 11.

    "He came out so fresh that the Champagne is definitely an option," Pompa said by phone Monday from his Truck-Rite office in Brooklyn. "Our ultimate goal is to win the Breeders' Cup, but he's so fresh and so lightly raced, if we want to get to the Champagne, he's in the right kind of shape for it."

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