Breeders' Cup: Entries for Saturday's races

Herald-Leader Racing WriterNovember 5, 2011 

  • Saturday

    Race Time Purse Favorite

    Marathon 1:20 $500,000 A.U. Miner ABC-36

    Juvenile Turf 2:02 $1 million Majestic City ABC-36

    Sprint 2:37 $1.5 million Big Drama ABC-36

    Turf Sprint 3:21 $1 million Regally Ready ABC-36

    Dirt Mile 4:01 $1 million Trappe Shot ESPN

    Turf 4:45 $3 million Sarafina ESPN

    Juvenile 5:25 $2 million Union Rags ESPN

    Mile 6:07 $2 million Goldikova ESPN

    Classic 7 $5 million Uncle Mo ESPN

Marathon

$500,000, 3-year-olds and up, 134 miles

Pp Horse Jockey Odds

1 Birdrun John Velazquez 7-2

2Baryshnikov Mike Smith 12-1

3 Meeznah Thomas Queally 12-1

4 Pleasant Prince Joel Rosario 12-1

5 Giant Oak Shaun Bridgmohan 9-2

6 Brigantin Julien Leparoux 8-1

7Harrison's Cave Ryan Moore 30-1

8 Afleet Again Cornelio Velasquez 30-1

9Cease Garrett Gomez 6-1

10 Eldaafer Javier Castellano 10-1

11A.U. Miner Calvin Borel 3-1

Eldaafer won this race last year, not that anyone remembers thanks to the melee that broke out between his jockey, Javier Castellano, and Calvin Borel afterward. Eldaafer has only two allowance wins in seven starts since then. Preston Stables' Birdrun toppled 2010 Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer in the Grade II Brooklyn Handicap. For the record, Castellano and Borel will be side-by-side again with Eldaafer breaking from post 10 and A.U. Miner leaving from the outside No. 11.

Juvenile Turf

$1 million, 2-year-old colts/geldings, 1 mile (turf)

Pp Horse Jockey Odds

1 Gung Ho-x Mike Smith 20-1

2Fantastic Song Javier Castellano 20-1

3 Shkspeare Shaliyah Alex Solis 15-1

4 Farraaj Neil Callan 15-1

5 Wrote Ryan Moore 12-1

6 Coalport Junior Alvarado 15-1

7Caspar Netscher Kieron Fallon 6-1

8 Majestic City Garrett Gomez 4-1

9 Daddy Nose Best Julien Leparoux 30-1

10 Animal Spirits Robby Albarado 8-1

11Excaper Emma-Jayne Wilson 30-1

12 Lucky Chappy Joel Rosario 10-1

13Finale John Velazquez 5-1

14 State of Play Ramon Dominguez 5-1

A fever prevented unbeaten State of Play from running in the Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland but the son of War Front won the Grade II With Anticipation in his second career outing. The Todd Pletcher-trained Finale is one of the more seasoned members of the field with five career starts and comes into the race with a three-race win streak that features a victory in the Grade III Summer Stakes at Woodbine.

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Sprint

$1.5 million, 3-year-olds and up, 6 furlongs

Pp Horse Jockey Odds

1Euroears Rafael Bejarano 4-1

2 Giant Ryan Cornelio Velasquez 8-1

3Aikenite Javier Castellano 8-1

4Hamazing Destiny Robby Albarado 10-1

5Jackson Bend Corey Nakatani 7-2

6Force Freeze John Velazquez 10-1

7 Amazombie Mike Smith 5-1

8Big Drama Ramon Dominguez 5-2

9 Apriority Joel Rosario 30-1

Euroears was a disappointing eighth last time out in the Grade I Vosburgh but has trained outstandingly since that time. Big Drama won this race last year to catapult to an Eclipse Award, but with only two starts this year, there are questions about his readiness. No horse has more momentum than Giant Ryan, the upstart son of Freud whose win in the Vosburgh marked his sixth consecutive victory.

Turf Sprint

$1 million, 3-year-olds and up, 5 furlongs (turf)

Pp Horse Jockey Odds

1Grand Adventure Javier Castellano 20-1

2 Holiday for Kitten Joel Rosario 30-1

3Broken Dreams Garrett Gomez 20-1

4Perfect Officer Kendrick Carmouche 12-1

5Great Attack Jeffrey Sanchez 20-1

6California Flag Patrick Valenzuela 15-1

7 Hoofit Edgar Prado 13-1

8Regally Ready Corey Nakatani 3-1

9 Rapport Ruben Hernandez 30-1

10Havelock Robby Albarado 9-2

11 Country Day James Graham 20-1

12Camp Victory Julien Leparoux 12-1

13 Caracortado Joseph Talamo 4-1

14Chamberlain Bridge Jamie Theriot 5-1

One of many races on the card bearing strong resemblance to a crapshoot. Chamberlain Bridge won last year's running of the test while California Flag was victorious in the 2009 edition. Those two and the rest of the field could have their hands full with Hoofit, a winner of both his races in the States including a successful effort in the Grade II Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland.

Dirt Mile

$1 million, 3-year-olds and up, 1 mile

Pp Horse Jockey Odds

1The Factor Martin Garcia 7-2

2 Shackleford Antonio Castanon 7-2

3Tapizar Garrett Gomez 20-1

4Tres Borrachos Joel Rosario 30-1

5Wilburn Julien Leparoux 4-1

6Irrefutable Rafael Bejarano 12-1

7 Jersey Town Cornelio Velasquez 15-1

8Caleb's Posse Rajiv Maragh 5-1

9 Trappe Shot John Velazquez 3-1

Along with the Mile, this might be the best pound-for-pound race of the World Championships. Shackleford has gone off form a bit since his Preakness Stakes win but the 8-furlong distance is more suited to his pedigree and forward running style. Grade I winner The Factor probably has the most raw talent of any 3-year-old but is susceptible to getting sucked into a speed duel if Shackleford or Tapizar decides to go with him. If the above happens, watch out for Trappe Shot, who should be sitting in perfect stalking position.

Turf

$3 million, 3-year-olds and up, 11/2 miles (turf)

Pp Horse Jockey Odds

1St Nicholas Abbey Aidan O'Brien 9-2

2 Sarafina Christophe Lemaire 5-2

3Dean's Kitten Ramon Dominguez 10-1

4Stately Victor Mike Smith 30-1

5Teaks North Javier Castellano 20-1

6Await the Dawn Julien Leparoux 7-2

7 Sea Moon Ryan Moore 4-1

8Brilliant Speed John Velazquez 20-1

9 Midday Thomas Queally 9-2

This race has fallen off in quality in recent years, but the presence of Group I winners Midday and Sarafina adds some sizzle. Sarafina has knocked heads with some of the best in Europe and while Midday may not be as daunting as when she won the 2009 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, she never runs a bad race and has no issue with the distance. With fellow international standouts Await the Dawn and St Nicholas Abbey in the mix, chances look bleak for the American contingent.

Juvenile

$2 million, 2-year-old colts/geldings, 1116 miles

Pp Horse Jockey Odds

1Take Charge Indy James Graham 30-1

2 Dullahan Kent Desormeaux 8-1

3Crusade Julien Leparoux 12-1

4Drill Martin Garcia 8-1

5Hansen Ramon Dominguez 10-1

6Prospective Luis Contreras 30-1

7 Creative Cause Joel Rosario 7-2

8Speightscity Corey Nakatani 20-1

9 Alpha Garrett Gomez 15-1

10Union Rags Javier Castellano 2-1

11 Daddy Long Legs Ryan Moore 12-1

12Fort Loudon Luis Jurado 20-1

13 Optimizer Robby Albarado 15-1

Creative Cause laid claim as the best in the West off his Grade I Norfolk victory over Drill, an effort that came over the same 11⁄16-mile distance as this race. Union Rags will be going beyond a mile for the first time but the way he overcame trouble to win by 51/4 lengths in the Grade I Champagne will likely make him the post-time favorite.

Mile

$2 million, 3-year-olds and up, 1 mile (turf)

Pp Horse Jockey Odds

1Goldikova Olivier Peslier 7-5

2 Zoffany Ryan Moore 20-1

3Courageous Cat Patrick Valenzuela 8-1

4Mr. Commons Mike Smith 20-1

5Gio Ponti Ramon Dominguez 4-1

6Get Stormy Garrett Gomez 15-1

7 Jeranimo Martin Garcia 20-1

8Byword Maxime Guyon 12-1

9 Court Vision Robby Albarado 30-1

10Sidney's Candy John Velazquez 15-1

11 Strong Suit Richard Hughes 10-1

12Compliance Officer Alex Solis 30-1

13 Turallure Julien Leparoux 8-1

Win or lose, Goldikova's quest to win a fourth consecutive Mile will be one of the great story lines of this year's Breeders' Cup. Even if she's lost a step, she might still be five steps better than her challengers on Saturday. The champion mare will not have an easy time of it though with fellow champion Gio Ponti and Grade I winners Get Stormy and Courageous Cat to tackle.

Classic

$5 million, 3-year-olds and up, 11/4 miles

Pp Horse Jockey Odds

1Prayer for Relief-x Rafael Bejarano 30-1

2 Flat Out Alex Solis 6-1

3Drosselmeyer Mike Smith 15-1

4Ruler On Ice Garrett Gomez 30-1

5So You Think Ryan Moore 5-1

6Ice Box Corey Nakatani 30-1

7 Rattlesnake Bridge Calvin Borel 30-1

8Game On Dude Chantal Sutherland 10-1

9 Stay Thirsty Javier Castellano 12-1

10Havre de Grace Ramon Dominguez 3-1

11 Headache Paco Lopez 30-1

12Uncle Mo John Velazquez 5-2

13 To Honor and Serve Jose Lezcano 12-1

Her gender has made Havre de Grace one of the headliners of this year's event but she legitimately has some of the best credentials in the field. She put eventual Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Flat Out in his place when she defeated him and six others in the Grade I Woodward Stakes and was only beaten a nose in her last try at 11/4 miles. Flat Out does own the home-track advantage while So You Think could throw everyone for a loop if the European standout can handle the dirt.

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