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Breeders' Cup Classic, Turf & Dirt Mile

Breeders Cup Classic 2016

California Chrome

California Chrome has developed into a true powerhouse and is strictly the horse to beat in this race. He has been flawless this year and even added an impressive victory in the Dubai World Cup to his already impressive resume. It is difficult to not compare him to some of the top handicap horses of years past like Silver Charm or Curlin. And if he runs the sort of races he has been running, everyone else is running for second place.

Arrogate is a true unknown. He demolished the competition in the Travers Stakes in his first start against stakes competition and has now won four of his five career starts. He is fast enough to ensure California Chrome does not get to control the race and there is no telling at this point how good this regally-bred colt is. The biggest concern is that he has been so conservatively campaigned and is coming into this race off of almost a ten-week break since the Travers. That path did, however, work for American Pharoah last year. He has been training very sharply in the morning and will likely be aggressive early.

Hoppertunity is the other Bob Baffert horse in the race and he will be poised and ready to pick up the pieces in the case of a pace collapse. While he has never been brilliant, he has been extremely consistent and is difficult to leave out of the exotics – he shows up and runs his race almost every time.

Frosted was third as the favorite in the Woodward. He was not badly beaten and can likely move forward off of that. He has had a very competitive season and looked truly spectacular winning the Met Mile. He may be best suited to that distance, however, and could find 1 ¼ miles against this level of competition tough.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is on Saturday, November 5 from Santa Anita. Post time is 8:35 p.m. EST.

Selections:

1) #4 California Chrome

2) #10 Arrogate

3) #9 Hoppertunity

 

4) #2 Frosted  

Breeders Cup Turf 2016 

Flintshire

Flintshire (GB) had a couple of excuses last time out in a loss that cannot be held against him. For starters, he has always preferred a firm turf course and the rain left the track at Belmont Park yielding. Second, in only a four horse field he was at a significant pace disadvantage. At Santa Anita, the turf course should be to his liking and, with a large field of talented rivals, the pace should not be an issue in this race. This world-traveler has won major races in multiple countries and should be formidable here.

Found (IRE) is the defending champion here and proved without a doubt last year that she can ship to the United States and defeat male rivals in this race. Her form has been exceptional this year and while she has only two wins from nine starts, she has not been worse than third. She has been holding her own against the very best Europe has to offer and is to be feared as she tries for a repeat performance.

Da Big Hoss is a true rags to riches story. He was running in $50,000 claiming races just last summer and has since developed into one of the most consistent long distance turf horses in the country. While he has never run at Santa Anita, he has won at five separate race tracks this year and does not seem like the type that needs a particular sort of turf course to perform his best. He may be a notch below the top two, but could be an interesting longshot.

Ulysses (IRE) is a lightly raced European invader and has not yet proven himself to be a world class racehorse. But he's improving with each start and is heading in the right direction.

The Breeders’ Cup Turf is on Saturday, November 5 from Santa Anita. Post time is 6:22 p.m. EST.

Selections:

1) #4 Flintshire (GB)

2) #10 Found (IRE)

3) #2 Da Big Hoss

 

4) #7 Ulysses (IRE)  

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile 2016 

Dortmund

Dortmund has won eight of his thirteen starts over the course of his career. His five losses have come to two undeniably great horses – California Chrome and American Pharoah. After three consecutive losses to California Chrome, the decision was made to enter him in this race instead of the Classic and it appears to be a shrewd decision. As a three-year-old, Dortmund was an imposing physical presence, he is even more impressive a year later. He is winless from three starts this year but could break through in a big way.

Gun Runner is the last horse standing from the three-year-old classic races with the retirement of Nyquist, Exaggerator and Creator. This colt is as consistent as they come and has been holding his own against the best of his generation. He will be facing older horses for the first time but seems like a near lock to at least hit the board.

Vyjack is a half-brother to Tepin, the champion turf filly who will be competing in the Mile. This horse has been notoriously difficult and seems to have finally found his maturity as a six-year-old. He is effective on both turf and dirt and could be an interesting and overlooked contender.

Runhappy has a lot of questions to answer and will be a very vulnerable favorite. His first race back off of a ten month layoff was disappointing. It was ambitious to ask him to return at the distance of one mile. He was brilliant last year and won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. But he does isn't the same horse.

The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile is on Friday, November 4  from Santa Anita. Post time is 6:05 p.m. EST.

Selections:

1) #3 Dortmund

2) #9 Gun Runner

3) #1 Vyjack

 

4) #7 Runhappy 

Breeders Cup Distaff 2016

Beholder

Beholder has won two Breeders’ Cup races over the course of her remarkable career – the Juvenile Fillies in 2012 and the Distaff in 2013. While she has lost her last three races and questions of whether this champion has lost a step are rampant, there may still be one major race left in the tank. Trainer Richard Mandella has kept the faith in her and she will try to end her Hall-of-Fame-worthy career on a high note.

Songbird has enjoyed a briliant career and will be trying to earn her twelfth straight victory. This is by far the toughest field she has faced. But she's up for the task. She has gotten more dominant and impressive with each start. The inside post, coupled with home track advantage, further works in her favor.

Stellar Wind has stepped up in a big way this year and has developed into a real contender in the older mare ranks. She gamely defeated Beholder last time out for the second consecutive time. These rivals will get a much anticipated rematch.

Forever Unbridled has had a quiet but successful season and often gets overlooked despite a strong record. She should be able to benefit from a sharp early pace and could pick up some piece of the action along the way.

The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is on Friday, November 4 from Santa Anita. Post time is 7:35 p.m. EST.

Selections:

1) #8 Beholder

2) #1 Songbird

3) #5 Stellar Wind

4) #6 Forever Unbridled

Breeders Cup Mile 2016

Tepin may have lost the battle in the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland but she won the war and defended her title successfully in this championship race. Her loss last time out can be excused – she was left with too much to do when a horse got clear – and her campaign this year has been remarkable. She is the one to beat.

Midnight Storm is coming into this race off of three straight victories and has a distinct advantage; he is proven at Santa Anita. While his recent competition has been somewhat inferior, his sharp early speed will work in his favor. He could be an interesting longshot.

Miss Temple City has defeated male rivals twice this year in Grade 1 races, and in both instances it was because trainer Graham Motion was trying to dodge Tepin in the filly and mare equivalents. Now, these two talented fillies will have to faceoff and Miss Temple City is currently in the best form of her career. It is worth noting, however, that she may only be a horse for the course at Keeneland.

Ironicus has been knocking heads with the best turf horses in this country all season and is improving as he develops and matures. This will be his second start since a four-month layoff and he may be even sharper than prior to his time away from the track. 

The Breeders’ Cup Mile is on Saturday, November 5 from Santa Anita. Post time is 7:40 p.m. EST.

Selections:

1) #8 Tepin

2) #13 Midnight Storm

3) #4 Miss Temple City

4) #9 Ironicus 

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