It's that time of year again, its time for the 2016 Breeders' Cup at the simply stunning Santa Anita Park race track. Day 1 kicks off tonight @ 9.25pm (21.25) UK with 4 Grade 1's followed by a stellar card on Saturday featuring the Breeders' Cup Classic. Live coverage is on At The Races.
Tips and thoughts for tonight's races are below.
9.25 Breeders´ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade 1) (Turf) 1m
Although Ballydoyle have a couple in this (Intelligence Cross & Lancaster Bomber) I see this race going to the home team. The Bill Mott trained Good Samaritan looks a horse going places after a good win in a Grade 2 at Woodbine but its MADE YOU LOOK trained by Todd Pletcher that gets my pick, he's won a Grade 2 at Saratoga beating Keep Quiet (won a Grade 3 at Keeneland, Oct) a horse that lines up again tonight.
PICK: MADE YOU LOOK
WATCH OUT FOR: GOOD SAMARITAN
LONG SHOT: RODAINI
10.05 Las Vegas Breeders´ Cup Dirt Mile (Grade 1) (Dirt) 1m
This will go to Baffert's DORTMUND who will be glad their is no California Chrome in the line up, after seeing his backside on more than one occasion. Runhappy is in the line up but I have concerns as regards to the mile considering his record over sprint trips (Grade 1 winner over 6f & 7f), previous run at 1m (Fast) was in the Ack Ack at Churchill Downs, come 4th. Further back again in 2015 over 1m 1/2f was 9th in a Grade 3.
WATCH OUT FOR: GUN RUNNER
LONG SHOT: TAMARKUZ
10.50 Breeders´ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade 1) (Turf) 1m
The O'Briens run 3 in this, 2 for Dad Aidan (Hydrangea & Roly Poly) & for son Joseph (Intricately). For me out of the trio its between Intricately & Roly Poly, if I had to single out the fancy for the O'Briens from them 2 it would be Roly Poly but for the race I'm going with the Mark Casse (who has 2 good chances in this) trained LA CORONEL who after being stepped up & placed on turf has struck gold twice. Last time a Grade 3 winner at Keeneland, Oct beating Lull who lines up again in this.
PICK: LA CORONEL
WATCH OUT FOR: ROLY POLY
LONG SHOT: COASTED
11.35 Longines Breeders´ Cup Distaff (Grade 1) (Dirt) 1m1f
The super filly SONGBIRD goes in the Distaff, she is 11 unbeaten with 5 of them at Santa Anita. She's the winner in my eyes but she has got good competition from Stellar Wind who has beaten dual BC champ Beholder twice. Will it be 3-0 to Stellar Wind? The bird will fly...
WATCH OUT FOR: STELLAR WIND
LONG SHOT: CURALINA