Horse Racing

Breeders’ Cup prep season in full game on ‘Super Saturday’


With Breeders’ Cup weekend at Keeneland coming up, 15 graded stakes – including seven ‘Win and You’re in’ events – will take place across North America on a Saturday race day.

Five of those classified races will go down in Lexington, including a stacked renewal of ‘Win and You’re In’ GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity. The overflow field of 14 (plus two AE) single-scored winners, GI hero Hopeful S. and The forte of ‘Rising Star TDN’ (Violence), skipped GI Champagne S. last weekend in favor of this first attempt by about two turns. Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher will also be represented by the undefeated Sapling S. winner Lost beer keg (Violence). Impressive debut winner trained by Brad Cox Login of ‘Rising Star TDN’ (Ghostzapper) and Instant coffee (Bolt d’Oro) both get a lot of support at windows.

The $1 million ‘Win and You’re In’ GI Coolmore Turf Mile S. prize will help bring the field for GI Breeders’ Cup Mile into focus. The full field of 12 (plus four AEs) including no shortage of power is led by light line favorite 7-2 and GI Arlington Million winner Santin (Distorted humor); GI Fourstardave winner H. Casa Creed (Jimmy Creed); this 2020 race winner Ivar (Brz) (Gold Agnes {Jpn}); Arlington Million runner-up and Breeders ‘Cup Mile last year’ runner-up Smooth as the strait (Midnight Lute); and Breeders ‘Cup Mile 2020’ winner Order of Australia (Ire) (Australia {GB}).

Chad Brown will command three of the six, led by MGISW and morning car favorites 6-5 Regal Glory of ‘TDN Rising Star’ (Animal Kingdom), shortlisted for GII First Lady S. In addition to last term’s First Lady runner-up, Brown will also be represented by second and third picks in GII winner Ballston Spa S. Technical Analysis (Ire) (King {GB}) and GI Diana S. sadter and ‘Rising Star TDN’ in Italian (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), respectively.

Breeders’ Cup two-time winner Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) will be heavily favored in defending his GII Woodford S. title while nine female sprinters, lacking in apparent prominence, will be looking to secure tickets to the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint through GII’ Win and You’re In ‘ Thoroughbred Club of America S.

War Like Goddess (English Channel), meanwhile, an unlucky third favorite in the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf last fall, will go head-to-head with men in the GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in Belmont for the first time. at Big A. The talented 5 – the five-year-old mare, shortlisted 7-5 morning line favorites, will meet twice GI Sword Dancer S. winner Gufo (Declaration of War) as well as defending the Turf Classic vandal Rockempanga (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}).

“It was an option we had if the race seemed right for her. The distance and everything here fits,” said Hall of Famer Bill Mott. “She seems to be doing very well and I’m pleased with her.”

Even if there was a free ride down the road for the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint, only five people would line up for that location’s GII Vosburgh S.. Elite power (Curlin) took over the joint stock company for the first time after Mott’s promising trio of victories. Belmont at the Big A tag also fully attracted the 2-year-old turf pitches in the GIII Matron S.

Adolescents will take center stage in Santa Anita’s GI ‘Win and You’re In’ American pharoah S. and GII Chandelier S.

As usual, American pharoah will pass Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who will sit half-court in the race named in honor of his 2015 Triple Crown winner.

GI Del Mar Futurity S. winner is extremely impressive undefeated and ‘Rising star TDN’ Stone cave (Arrogate) was the clearest to beat when he stretched to two turns the first time around. The $3.55 million EASMAY topper Hejazi (Bernardini) will be looking to break his first girl on the third ask while also trying two turns for the first. Baffert will also tighten the perimeter for the first winners Gandolfini (Evenly) and National Treasure (Quality Sugar), corresponding.

“They get the double test and you never know until they do, so we’ll see,” said Baffert, a 10-time contest winner. American pharoah. “I hate running so much here, but I don’t have a lot of options because there aren’t many allowance-style races.”

young woman Skinner (Curlin).

After missing a tentative start in GI Del Mar Debutante S., the debutant winner was visually impressive and ‘Rising star TDN’ Justique (Evenly), drawn the widest of all in the seventh post, making her the highly anticipated return for John Shirreffs in Chandelier. She will face Del Mar Debutante top three And Tell Me Nolies (Arrogate), love to be defeated Cooking at home (Honor code) and Dancing on ice (Frosted), as well as a Baffert-trained debut winner Huntingcoco (Realistic jokes). “She doesn’t do anything spectacular in the morning, so it’s surprising and exciting to see her running as well as she does,” Shirreffs said.

Go to Vegas (Goldencents) will solve the problem with shippers Smooth socks (Sleep {GB}) and Family Road (Uncle Mo) while trying to defend his title in GI Rodeo Drive S.

Queen’s Plate S winner. Moira (Ghostzapper) will try the grass for the first time in the GI EP Taylor S., one of three in-person qualifying races at Woodbine Saturday. The 11-race program also includes GII Nearctic S., led by ageless sprinters. Binding for Nowhere (Factor); and GIII Durham Cup.

Action graded on Saturday will be rounded up by H. of GIII BC Premier in Hastings.

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