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Breeder Cup Predictions 2015

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2015 breeders

It’s that time of year again horse racing fans where the greatest thoroughbreds in the world come together to see who is the champion of champions. There are no two greater days of horse racing on the planet. There will be 13 Grade 1 Stake races on the card over two days with $26 million on the line in purses. This year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic will feature Triple Crown winner American Pharoah who will be running the last race of his career. Can he go out on top after losing his last race to Keen Ice in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Track? A big loss in this race was the scratching of the mare Beholder, winner of her last three Grade 1 races, who upset the boys earlier in the year. I was hoping for a “classic” showdown with American Pharoah.

Once again there will no shortage of European horses this year. A contingent of 23 horses crossed the pond for the Breeders’ Cup. On average the thoroughbreds shipping in from overseas have won two or more turf races each year. This year will be no exception.

Below are my three top selections (not in any particular order of finish) with just a short comment. If you see an “***” by the horse I’m keying that horse to win that race as one of my solid favorites. I’ll also be adding a long shot (a horse with opening odds of 10/1 or higher). Enjoy the next two days outstanding days of racing. Good luck to all the handicappers and bettors out there.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Race #6 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

My top 3 selections:

***Airoforce (2 for 2 on the turf, won the Bourbon G3.)

Conquest Daddyo (Won G2 at Woodbine.)

Cymric (Best foreign horse in field, bad post though, short run to the first turn won’t help.)

Long shot: Sky Marshall 30/1

Race #7 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

My top 3 selections:

***Liam’s Map (Won the G1 Woodward and only loss by a neck to Honor Code in the G1 Whitney.)

Red Vine (Likes the dirt, will be closing at the end.)

Lea (3 for 3 at distance should be close at the end.)

Long shot: Bradester 10/1

Race #8 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

My top 3 selections:

Catch a Glimpse (2 for 2 at distance, will come off the pace.)

Harmonize (Won a G3 at Keeneland on October 7th.)

Illuminate (Can she go the distance?)

Long shot: Nemoralia 15/1 

 Race #9 Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Top 3 selections:

I’m a Chatterbox (Improving last 4 starts.)

Wedding Toast (Can she get 2 turns and win?)

Sheer Drama (Multiple Grade 1 winner, post position is a negative but should be there.)

Long shot: My Sweet Addiction 20/1

 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Race #3 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Top 3 selections:

***Songbird (Undefeated in 3 starts with two G1 wins.)

Nickname (Won the G1 Frizette in the slop.)

Rachel’s Valentina (2 for 2, won the G1 Spinaway.)

Long shot: Dothraki Queen 10/1

 

Race #4 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Top 3 selections:

Pure Sensation (3 for 3 at distance.)

Undrafted (Great Beyers, will come off the pace.)

Lady Shipman (7 wins out of 8 starts at distance.)

Long shot: Ready for Rye 10/1

 

Race #5 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

Top 3 selections:

Dame Dorothy (5 for 4 at distance.)

La Verdad (Undefeated in 6 starts this year.)

Cavorting (Terrible post but won from the #9 post last race.)

Long shot: Artemis Agrotera 20/1

 

Race #6 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

Top 3 selections:

***Legatissimo (Class of field, plus first time Lasix will help.)

Dacita (Will close strong, huge race last time out.)

Miss France (Tries every time will be near lead at the end.)

Long shot: Sentiero Italia 15/1

 

Race #7 Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Top 3 selections:

Runhappy (2 for 2 at distance, big Beyer numbers, won four of five lifetime starts.)

Wild Dude (6 starts, 4 wins at distance, needs a fast pace up front.)

Salutos Amigos (Lightening fast, could steal the race.)

Long shot: Ivan Fallunovalot 30/1

 

Race #8 Breeders’ Cup

Top 3 selections:

Make Believe (Will win if he takes to the U.S. turf.)

Tepin (Has already races against the boys and beat them, needs to be close to the pace.)

Esoterique (Won her last two G1 races. Another girl who can run with the boys.)

Long shots: Grand Arch & Mondialiste 12/1

 

Race #9 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

My top 3 selections:

Greenpointcrusader (If he can get the two turns he has a great shot.)

Brody’s Cause (Prefers the dirt to the grass, will compete.)

Nyquist (Two G1 wins, but bad post hurts.)

Long shot: Riker 15/1

 

Race #10 Breeders’ Cup Turf

My top 3 selections:

***Golden Horn (Should win easy if the turf is firm.)

Big Blue Kitten (Huge Beyer numbers, will be there.)

Found (May not win but will be in the money.)

Long shot: Red Rifle 10/1

 

Race #11 Breeders’ Cup Classic

My top 2 selections:

***American Pharoah (The Triple Crown winner, and Beholder scratched…enough said.)

Honor Code (Needs to perform like he did in the Whitney to win.)

Long shot: Gleneagles 20/1

u gerryBy Jay Cats

@catager

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