This marks the 25th anniversary of the Breeders’ Cup. Twenty-five years of great memories. The 2008 edition should bring some new ones.
This is the first time the cup will be run on a synthetic surface. Santa Anita racecourse installed a Pro-Ride surface over the summer. Southern California-based horses will have an advantage, I think.
Another first this year is that the Friday racing card will be Ladies Day. All races run on Friday will be for fillies and mares only–the colts will have their day Saturday.
Let’s take a look at Friday races.
Filly & Mares Sprint 6 Furlongs
No. 5- Indian Blessing: The one to beat.
No. 3- Intangaroo: Has won five-grade one stakes.
No. 9- Dearest Trickski: Likes the synthetic track.
No. 7- Dream Rush: Was much better in the early part of the year.
No. 4- Lady Sprinter: Eight for eight on a dirt surface in Argentina.
Juvenile Fillies Turf 1 Mile
No. 4- C Karam: Runs her race every time she faces the starter.
No. 3- Maram: Ran nice race in the Miss Grillo stakes in last start.
No. 12- Heart Shaped: Euro invader from the Aidan O’Brien stable.
No. 7- Consequence: Had all kinds of trouble in the Miss Grillo Stakes in last start.
Juvenile Fillies 1 Mile & 1/16th
No. 10- Stardom Bound: Awesome winning the Oak Leaf stakes. Tough to go against.
No. 13- Doremifaseollatido: Turning into a real nice filly.
No. 8- C. S. Silk: Has good early speed and has done well on synthetic tracks.
No. 4- Sky Diva: Won the Frizette stakes in nice fashion. Should like the distance.
Filly & Mare Turf 1 3/8 Miles
No. 5- Waite A While: Loves the Santa Anita turf course. Three for three over it.
No. 10- Pure Clan: Newcomer to the scene. Could prove a surprise.
No. 7- Mauralakana: Has yet to run a bad race.
No. 3- Forever Together: Will be flying at the finish.
Ladies Classic 1 1/8 mile
No. 1- Zenvatta: A standout filly. She can run.
No. 3- Coca Beach: Owners are putting up a lot of money for her to run in this race. She can run. Improving.
No. 4- Music Note: Stablemate of Coco Beach. Hard-running filly.
No. 2- Hystericalady: Finally ran a good race over a synthetic track in her last start.
And now time to look at Saturday’s card, a total of nine races. The end of two of the greatest days in racing.
Breeders’ Cup Marathon 1-½ miles.
No. 3- Delightful Kisses: Runs a good race every time he runs.
No. 4- Sixties Icon: Euro can step. Winner three out of four starts.
No. 6- Zappa: Is the speed in this field.
No. 7- Big Booster: Loves running a distance of ground.
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 6 Furlongs
No. 14- Mr. Nightlinger: Has a five-race win streak going into this race.
No. 10- California Flag: Set new course record in the Morvich Handicap in last start over the Santa Anita turf course.
No. 5- Salute The Count: Can’t count this one out.
No. 13- Get Funky: Runs his best in turf sprints.
No. 1- Hero’s Reward: Off the board only twice out of twelve starts.
Breeders’ Cup Mile
No. 8- Well Armed: This one loves the synthetic tracks.
No. 1- Lewis Michael: Looked great winning the Pat O’Brien Handicap.
No. 11- My Pal Charlie: Put it all together in the Louisiana Derby.
No. 10- Rebellion: Has won over a Poly-Track. Question is will he get the mile distance?
Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile
No.2- KIP DeVILLE: Still American’s best turf miler. (Best Bet)
No.4- Goldikova: This filly can run and has beaten the boys in the past.
No.11- Whatsthescript: California grass champ.
No.10- Thorn Song: Won the Shadwell Mile in latest.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile 1 1/16 Miles
No. 4- Square Eddie: Could be budding star.
No. 11- Midshipman: Finished second in Norfolk in last start.
No. 1- Munnings: Ran good second in the Champagne. Improving.
No. 8- Street Hero: Has won at the distance. And has been in the money in last five starts.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf 1 Mile
No. 11- Bittle Road: Undefeated so far. Might have a bright future.
No. 12- Grand Adventure: Won the Summer Stakes at one mile in last start.
No. 7- Elusive Bluff: Is also unbeaten.
No. 10- Skipadate: Finished second to Grand Advantage in most resent race. Will race this time with blinkers on.
Breeders’ Cup Sprint 6 Furlongs
No. 4- Midnight Lute: Won this race last year. Training up to this start. Looks like he’s ready.
No. 2- Street Boss: Has put together some good races this year.
No. 1- Cost Of Freedom: Has won three in a row.
No. 5- First Defence: Frankel’s charge can hit the board.
Breeders’ Cup Turf 1 ½ Miles
No. 3- Grand Couturier: Has done every thing right so far.
No. 2- Red Rocks: Proven turf star. Will come into this fresh.
No. 6- Dancing Forever: Last two starts too bad to believe.
No. 8- Spring House: Set new course record in Del Mar Handicap.
Breeders’ Cup Classic 1 ¼ Miles
No. 9- Curlin: Still the Champ. He’s a throwback to the old days of racing.
No. 4- Duke Of Marmalade: Ran a bad one in the Arc. Has won five grade ones this year. If he takes to the Pro-Ride surface he could be the one to beat.
No. 1- Go Between: Another one who can be heard from on his synthetics form.
No. 11- Colonel John: Won the Travers Stakes, and likes the surface.
No. 2- Casino Drive: Won over the track. Unbeaten.
As always, a safe trip to all the horses and their jockeys over the two-day event.
Hope to see you at the windows cashing.