A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Insert ‘European Vacation’ jokes here…and expect a blanket finish from the stars who have flown in from across the pond.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1. St Nicholas Abbey  Joseph P. O’Brien Aidan O’Brien 9-2
Certainly very accomplished, but I think Sarafina has his number this time.
2. Sarafina Christophe Lemaire Alain De Royer-Dupre 5-2
While the Arc->Breeders’ Cup trip hasn’t worked well in the past, she could do it.
3. Dean’s Kitten Ramon Dominguez Michael J. Maker 10-1
I suppose some Americans have to enter, and he’s bred for it.
4. Stately Victor Mike Smith Michael J. Maker 30-1
Can’t see it happening.
5. Teaks North Javier Castellano Justin Sallusto 20-1
Has some good US turf results, but he’ll never beat this group.
6. Await the Dawn Julien Leparoux Aidan O’Brien 7-2
Should be a very serious threat.
7. Sea Moon   Ryan Moore Sir Michael R. Stoute 4-1
Will the lost training time this week affect him? Looks solid.
8. Brilliant Speed John Velazquez Thomas Albertrani 20-1
Would have a great deal of work to do.
9. Midday   Tom Queally Sir Henry Cecil 4-1
Has had some bad luck this year, but eschewed the F&M Turf for this one – she has a definite shot.

Predictions: Sarafina, Midday, Sea Moon, Await the Dawn
We’ll pretend Midday is a longshot.

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Or, the race that Uncle Mo should have been running in. You know this.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1. The Factor Martin Garcia Bob Baffert 7-2
Bad luck last time out, but has he returned to his best form?
2. Shackleford Jesus Castanon Dale Romans 7-2
Ran out of gas before, but this could be his perfect distance.
3. Tapizar Garrett Gomez Steven Asmussen 20-1
Looked good in a confidence-building allowance win.
4. Tres Borrachos Joel Rosario Martin F. Jones 30-1
Last won in July, but again, this could be the right distance.
5. Wilburn Julien Leparoux Steven M. Asmussen 4-1
Can’t seem to lose lately, even when encountering trouble.
6. Irrefutable Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert 12-1
Seems to prefer a shorter race, but interesting to see him here.
7. Jersey Town Cornelio Velasquez Barclay Tagg 15-1
Cigar Mile winner finishes in the money frequently.
8. Caleb’s Posse Rajiv Maragh Donnie K. Von Hemel 5-1
Should relish this cut back in distance after the Indiana Derby experiment.
9. Trappe Shot John Velazquez Kiaran McLaughlin 3-1
Outside post may finally give him a chance for a clean break.

Predictions: Wilburn, Trappe Shot, The Factor, Tapizar
Longshot: Jersey Town

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Some old rivals return to the turf for a little speedwork…

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1. Grand Adventure Javier Castellano Mark R. Frostad 20-1
It’s been a long time since he’s found the winner’s circle.
2. Holiday for Kitten Joel Rosario Wesley A. Ward 30-1
Has some good experience, but with lesser company.
3. Broken Dreams Garrett Gomez Thomas F. Proctor 20-1
Won last time out, but a taller order here.
4. Perfect Officer Kendrick Carmouche Michael Pino 12-1
May well finish in the money, but I don’t see him winning.
5. Great Attack Jeffrey Sanchez Wesley A. Ward 20-1
Last victory was a 2010 allowance race.
6. California Flag Patrick Venezuela Brian J. Koriner 15-1
Won this race in ’09, unlucky last year; comes in on a win. Would be a great story.
7. Hoofit   Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion 15-1
Intriguing NZ-bred looked great in his first two US races.
8. Regally Ready Corey Nakatani Steven M. Asmussen 3-1
Toss his penultimate race and he’s had a great year.
9. Rapport Brian Hernandez Jr. Ronny W. Werner 30-1
First race of this year was in October; last win was in 2010.
10. Havelock Robby Albarado Darrin Miller 9-2
Won last time despite a very wide trip; a worthy favorite.
11. Country Day James Graham Stephen R. Margolis 20-1
Probably a notch blow some of these.
12. Camp Victory Julien Leparoux Mike  R. Mitchell 12-1
Second to The Factor not long ago and often finishes in the money.
13. Caracortado Joe Talamo Michael Machowsky 4-1
Won last time despite a troubled trip; seems to have returned to form.
14. Chamberlain Bridge Jamie Theriot W. Bret Calhoun 5-1
Has not had the best of luck this year, but has the talent.

Predictions: Havelock, Caracortado, Regally Ready, Chamberlain Bridge
Longshot: Hoofit

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

On to the grown-up speedsters…Big Drama is looking to defend his title.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1. Euroears Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert 4-1
Had a bad trip last time out, but has otherwise had a convincing campaign this year.
2. Giant Ryan Cornelio Velasquez Bisnath Parbhoo 8-1
He’s won six in a row (including the Vosburgh) and is 8-1. Attractive.
3. Aikenite Javier Castellano Todd A. Pletcher 8-1
Has had a string of bad luck since May, but nearly got there last time.
4. Hamazing Destiny Robby Albarado D. Wayne Lukas 10-1
Finishes in the money, but hasn’t won for quite a long time.
5. Jackson Bend Corey Nakatani Nicholas P. Zito 7-2
Won the Forego, but lost out to Uncle Mo in the Kelso last time out.
6. Force Freeze John Velazquez Peter R. Walder 10-1
Probably a notch below these.
7. Amazombie Mike Smith William Spawr 5-1
All the Ancient Title winner wants to do is eat your brains. He’s not unreasonable.
8. Big Drama Ramon Dominguez David Fawkes 5-2
Has only raced twice since winning here last year.
9. Apriority Joel Rosario David Fawkes 30-1
Had not managed to beat the best in this division.

Predictions: Euroears, Amazombie, Jackson Bend, Aikenite
Longshot: Giant Ryan

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Look! 2-year-olds on the turf – lots of them! This should be an interesting betting race.

Post Horse Trainer Jockey ML Odds
1. Gung Ho Michael Maker Mike Smith 20-1
Has some winning experience, but wasn’t quite up to it when tested last time out. Update: scratched.
2. Fantastic Song Chad Brown Javier Castellano 20-1
Only two races so far, but he showed promise.
3. Shkspeare Shaliyah Doodnauth Shivmangal Alex Solis 15-1
Never out of the money – so far.
4. Farraaj Roger Varian Neil Callan 15-1
Decent in Europe; should be a threat.
5. Wrote Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 12-1
Another solid European performer.
6. Coalport Wayne Catalano Junior Alvarado 15-1
And another good-looking, lightly-raced son of Kitten’s Joy.
7. Caspar Netscher Alan McCabe Kieren Fallon 6-1
UK-based colt has more wins than some in this field have starts.
8. Majestic City Peter Miller Garrett Gomez 4-1
Still learning, but has shown some talent.
9. Daddy Nose Best Steve Asmussen Julien Leparoux 30-1
Big step up in class.
10. Animal Spirits Al Stall Jr. Robby Albarado 8-1
Comes in off a win in the Bourbon, but can he beat the Euros?
11. Excaper Ian Black Emma-Jayne Wilson 30-1
Canadian-based colt sticks with his regular jockey.
12. Lucky Chappy Graham Motion Joel Rosario 10-1
Third in his first US start, but a winner in Italy.
13. Finale  Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 5-1
Has three consecutive wins to his credit.
14. State of Play  Graham Motion Ramon Dominguez 5-1
Undefeated (in two starts), has the right tools.
15. Tequila Factor Wayne Catalano Rafael Bejarano 30-1 (AE)
Unlikely to start, and has never faced this sort of company. Update: Makes the field! Still a longshot.

Predictions: Caspar Netscher, Wrote, Lucky Chappy, Coalport
Longshot: Fantastic Song

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.

Post 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 little further back lately.
3. Meeznah David Lanigan Thomas Queally 12-1
Has some quality experience in the UK and Ireland and should like the distance.
4. Pleasant Prince Wesley Ward Joel Rosario 12-1
He’s tried many other distances, why not this one?
5. Giant Oak Chris Block Shaun Bridgmohan 9-2
Had a bad trip in this race last year; could easily see him hitting the board.
6. Brigantin Andre Fabre Julien Leparoux 8-1
Hit and miss in France and England, but should have the stamina.
7. Harrison’s Cave Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 30-1
Has not faced the best European company, but seems to be improving.
8. Afleet Again Robert Reid Jr. Cornelio Velasquez 30-1
He’s made money the hard way, but might like to go longer.
9. Cease Al Stall Jr. Garrett Gomez 6-1
Third in his first stakes experience and lightly-raced, but could be improving at the right time.
10. Eldaafer Diane Alvarado Javier Castellano 10-1
Won this race last year and is coming in with a respectable record.
11. A. U. Miner Clark Hanna Calvin Borel 3-1
Had a terrible trip in last year’s Marathon and often seems to find trouble, but has the distance.

Predictions: Eldaafer, A. U. Miner, Giant Oak, Meeznah
Longshot: Harrison’s Cave

Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic

This should be the high point of your Friday…

Post 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 task here, but she likes to hit the board.
5. Ask the Moon  Martin Wolfson Javier Castellano 6-1
Has some impressive wins under her belt.
6. Royal Delta Bill Mott Jose Lezcano 5-2
Second to Havre de Grace last time out – certainly no shame in that.
7. Ultra Blend  Art Sherman David Flores 8-1
Won her way in here, but is probably a notch below the best.
8. Plum Pretty Bob Baffert Rafael Bejarano 2-1
A win here would wrap up a great year.
9. Medaglia d’Amour Ben Cecil Pat Valenzuela 30-1
Seems better suited to G2 company. Update: scratched with a fever.
10. Super Espresso Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 20-1
Has not won since May, but hast talent.

Predictions: Royal Delta, Plum Pretty, It’s Tricky, Ask the Moon
Longshot: Pachattack

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

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

Post 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 Dettori 7-2
Undefeated in England and France, but still very lightly-raced.
6. Announce Andre Fabre Maxime Guyon 9-2
Has done well against very tough fields in Europe.
7. Aruna Graham Motion Julien Leparoux 6-1
Perhaps the strongest US-bred horse in the race; should be a threat.
8. Perfect Shirl Roger Attfield John Velazquez 30-1
Has not managed to find the winner’s circle this year, although she has been close.
9. Shared Account Graham Motion Edgar Prado 30-1
Last year’s longshot winner is back to try again – and is still a longshot based on her current form, but one never knows…
10. Distorted Legacy Angel Penna Jr. Rajiv Maragh 30-1
Has not excelled in this company in the past.
11. Dynaslew Seth Benzel Corey Nakatani 30-1
Another American longshot, though very well-bred.
12. Misty For Me Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 10-1
Has beaten Midday and other top European fillies, but needs the right trip.

Predictions: Stacelita, Misty For Me, Aruna, Nahrain
Longshot: Shared Account

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Have some Grey Goose (or something)…

Post 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 far, including the Spinaway.
6. Self Preservation
Joel Rosario Ben Cecil 15-1
Less lucky since coming from Ireland, but has shown ability on dirt.
7. Putthebabiesdown
Alan Garcia Kenneth McPeek 30-1
Looking to find the winner’s circle again after her debut win.
8. Homecoming Queen
Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien 15-1
Two wins in Ireland (after a slow start) – will dirt suit her better?
9. My Miss Aurelia
Corey Nakatani Steven Asmussen 5-2
Undefeated favorite looks good here.
10. Northern Passion Luis Contreras Mark Casse 12-1
Very interesting indeed at 12-1.
11. Weemissfrankie
Rafael Bejarano Peter Eurton 4-1
Yet another with a three-for-three record going in.
12. Frolic’s Revenge
John Velazquez Milton Wolfson 30-1
Can’t say I’m a huge fan of her sire, Vindication.
13. Say a Novena
Elvis Trujillo Edward Plesa, Jr. 30-1
Has done well in the Mid-Atlantic, now takes on the bigger girls.
14. Awesome Belle
Luis Gerardo Stanley Gold 20-1
Class issues and the outside post don’t help here.

Predictions: Candrea – My Miss Aurelia – Grace Hall – Questing
Longshot: Self Preservation

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

On to more fast fillies and mares…

Post 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 it was back in August.
4. Champagne d’Oro Corey Nakatani Eric J. Guillot 30-1
Has certainly not been at her best this season.
5. Musical Romance
Juan Leyva William A. Kaplan 20-1
Solid sprinting credentials, but it’s a tough field.
6. Switch
Joel Rosario John Sadler 3-1
Had a bad trip in her last race, but is she back to her best?
7. Tar Heel Mom
Alex Solis Stanley Hough 12-1
Always right up there…she could be a live longshot.
8. Tanda
Joe Talamo Mike Mitchell 20-1
Seems more comfortable in G2 company, but could hit the board.
9. Golden Mystery
Kendrick Carmouche Juan Carlos Guerrero 20-1
Coming in with a 2-race winning streak, but it’s a big step up in class.
10. Tamarind Hall David Cohen Jeremiah C. Englehart 20-1
Another one taking a shot at horses that seem a notch above.
11. Her Smile
John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher 15-1
Is she better in a slightly shorter race?
12. Pomeroys Pistol
Javier Castellano Amy Tarrant 6-1
A winner last time out at Belmont…
13. Shotgun Gulch
Garrett Gomez C. R. Trout 30-1
Honest filly is probably in over her head here, but gets Gomez.

Predictions: Turbulent Descent – Switch – Pomeroys Pistol – Tar Heel Mom
Longshot: Her Smile