The highlight of this Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup is the expected battle between Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and one of the top female horses in history, Beholder. The two are set to go at it in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Click here to view the Morning Line odds.
Before the Classic there are a number of top races for horseplayers to make profit from. The first is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies where the likely favorite is stuck breaking from post-position 10. The second race to really get into is the Breeders’ Cup Sprint where an expected speed duel might yield a top overlay play.
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What: Breeders Cup
When: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Where: Lexington, Kentucky
Race Track: Keeneland Racecourse
Weather: 62° F | Light Rain
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Race 3 – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
The expected pace shouldn’t hurt the Jerry Hollendorfer trained Songbird who ran off a :23.15 first quarter and a :46.85 half mile before pulling away to an easy 4.25 length win in the Grade 1 Chandelier in her last. Even though Songbird breaks from post-position 10, she should sit a cozy trip behind likely frontrunner Nickname. If nobody else wants the lead, Songbird could easily clear this field. Songbird will be the heavy chalk, but winning a few dollars on the chalk early should lead to bigger profits on overlays later on.
Tap to It looks to be moving in the right direction for trainer Ralph Nicks. The daughter from America’s hottest sire cost $400,000 at Keeneland’s Sept. 2014 sale. Nicks has campaigned Tap to It to a maiden score and a second place finish by a length to Rachel’s Valentina in the Grade 1 Spinaway. Her style, coming from behind, fits the course perfectly while jockey Joel Rosario is as good as it gets.
Rachel Alexandra is represented in here by Rachel’s Valentina who runs for Stonestreet Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher. She’s royally bred having been sired by Bernardini and with a mother who won Horse of the Year. Rachel Valentina is undefeated in two races. She won the Spinaway in fine fashion, but she’s going to have to really kick it up a notch to beat Songbird.
- Win: Songbird
- Place: Tap to It
- Show: Rachel’s Valentina
Race 7 – Breeders’ Cup Sprints
As is usually the case, there is an unbelievable amount of speed in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Saturday. Private Zone is the fastest horse in the world to the half mile pole. He has one way to go and that’s to the front. Runhappy, the hot horse after his Grade 3 Phoenix win over the Keeneland race track, likes to be leading the pack as well. Masochistic and Ivan Fallunovalot prefer to be close to the pace.
All of the speed should flatter Wild Dude’s closing kick. Another Jerry Hollendorfer trainee, Wild Dude sat 13 lengths behind the pace in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship at the second call before closing and holding off Kobe’s Back by a neck. Wild Dude can stay closer to the pace, which is probably what jockey Rafael Bejarano will have him do in this. A repeat of his win in the Bing Crosby will be good enough.
Salutos Amigos lost by a neck to Rock Fall in the Grade 1 Vosburgh in his last. He’s another closer that should benefit from the expected pace duel. Private Zone will run the other speed into the ground. The horse never quits. He’s the lone horse with a shot to go wire to wire in this.
- Win: Wild Dude
- Place: Salutos Amigos
- Third: Private Zone