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2017 Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries and Entries
BREEDERS' CUP FRIDAY
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf - 6th Race, Post Time 2:25 pm (PT)/5:25 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF (GI) is a one mile race for 2-year-old fillies to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.
|1||Best Performance||Christophe Clement||Jose Ortiz||12-1|
|2||Happily (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||Ryan Moore||9-2|
|3||Now You're Talking (IRE)||Joseph O'Brien||Wayne Lordan||30-1|
|4||Madeline (IRE)||Roger Varian||Andrea Atzeni||20-1|
|5||Ultima D||Wesley A. Ward||Tyler Gaffalione||12-1|
|6||Orbolution||Todd A. Pletcher||John Velazquez||20-1|
|7||Capla Temptress (IRE)||William I. Mott||Joel Rosario||6-1|
|8||Significant Form||Chad C. Brown||Irad Ortiz Jr.||8-1|
|9||Fatale Bere (FR)||Leonard Powell||Kent Desormeaux||15-1|
|10||September (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||Seamie Heffernan||6-1|
|11||Rushing Fall||Chad C. Brown||Javier Castellano||7-2|
|12||Dixie Moon||Catherine Day Phillips||Eurico Rosa da Silva||20-1|
|13||Juliet Capulet (IRE)||John H.M. Gosden||Frankie Dettori||12-1|
|14||Moon Dash||Michael Stidham||Mike Smith||15-1|
|AE||Retro||Richard E. Mandella||Flavien Prat|
|AE||Goodthingstaketime (IRE)||James Stack||Florent Geroux|
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile - 7th Race, Post Time 3:05 pm (PT)/6:05 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP DIRT MILE (GI) is a one mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.
|1||Iron Fist||Steven M. Asmussen||Ricardo Santana Jr.||12-1|
|2||Giant Expectations||Peter A. Eurton||Gary Stevens||12-1|
|3||Sharp Azteca||Jorge Navarro||Paco Lopez||9-2|
|4||Gato Del Oro||Richard Baltas||Jose Ortiz||30-1|
|5||Awesome Slew||Mark E. Casse||John Velazquez||12-1|
|6||Mor Spirit||Bob Baffert||Mike Smith||3-1|
|7||Cupid||Bob Baffert||Rafael Bejarano||8-1|
|8||Accelerate||John W. Sadler||Victor Espinoza||7-2|
|9||Battle of Midway||Jerry Hollendorfer||Flavien Prat||10-1|
|10||Practical Joke||Chad C. Brown||Joel Rosario||6-1|
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf - 8th Race, Post Time 3:50 pm (PT)/6:50 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE TURF (GI) is a one mile race for 2-year-old colts and geldings to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.
|1||Mendelssohn||Aidan P. O'Brien||Ryan Moore||8-1|
|2||Untamed Domain||H. Graham Motion||Jose Ortiz||8-1|
|3||Sands of Mali (FR)||Richard A. Fahey||Flavien Prat||30-1|
|4||Catholic Boy||Jonathan Thomas||Manuel Franco||12-1|
|5||Beckford (GB)||Gordon Elliott||Joel Rosario||8-1|
|6||Masar (IRE)||Charlie Appleby||William Buick||9-2|
|7||James Garfield (IRE)||W.J. Gredley & T C O Gredley||Frankie Dettori||6-1|
|8||Voting Control||Chad C. Brown||Javier Castellano||8-1|
|9||Encumbered||Simon Callaghan||Mario Gutierrez||15-1|
|10||Flameaway||Mark E. Casse||Julien Leparoux||20-1|
|11||Snapper Sinclair||Steven M. Asmussen||Ricardo Santana Jr.||15-1|
|12||Hemp Hemp Hurray||Wesley A. Ward||John Velazquez||8-1|
|13||My Boy Jack||J. Keith Desormeaux||Kent Desormeaux||8-1|
|14||Rajasinghe (IRE)||Richard Spencer||Stevie Donohoe||30-1|
|AE||Tap Daddy||Steven M. Asmussen||Florent Geroux||20-1|
|AE||Pubilius Syrus||Vladimir Cerin||Flavien Prat||20-1|
Breeders' Cup Distaff - 9th Race, Post Time 4:35 pm (PT)/7:25 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP DISTAFF (GI) is a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.
|1||Champagne Room||Peter A. Eurton||Mario Gutierrez||15-1|
|2||Stellar Wind||John W. Sadler||Victor Espinoza||5-2|
|3||Mopotism||Doug F. O'Neill||Franki Dettori||30-1|
|4||Abel Tasman||Bob Baffert||Mike Smith||4-1|
|5||Elate||William I. Mott||Jose Ortiz||3-1|
|6||Forever Unbridled||Dallas Stewart||John Velazquez||4-1|
|7||Paradise Woods||Richard E. Mandella||Flavien Prat||9-2|
|8||Romantic Vision||George R. Arnold II||Brian Hernandez Jr.||15-1|
BREEDERS' CUP SATURDAY
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - 4th Race, Post Time 12:00 pm (PT)/3:00 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE FILLIES (GI) is a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.
|1||Heavenly Love||Mark E. Casse||Julien Leparoux||9-2|
|2||Tell Your Mama||Robert B. Hess Jr.||Kent Desormeaux||30-1|
|3||Princess Warrior||Kenneth G. McPeek||Brian Hernandez Jr.||12-1|
|4||Gio Game||Mark E. Casse||Manuel Franco||15-1|
|5||Blonde Bomber||Stanley Gold||Jose Lezcano||20-1|
|6||Stainless||Todd A. Pletcher||John Velazquez||20-1|
|7||Moonshine Memories||Simon Callaghan||Flavien Prat||7-2|
|8||Piedi Bianchi||Doug F. O'Neill||Mario Gutierrez||15-1|
|9||Alluring Star||Bob Baffert||Joe Talamo||6-1|
|10||Maya Malibu||H. Graham Motion||Javier Castellano||20-1|
|11||Wonder Gadot||Mark E. Casse||Patrick Husbands||8-1|
|12||Caledonia Road||Ralph E. Nicks||Mike Smith||15-1|
|13||Separationofpowers||Chad C. Brown||Jose Ortiz||4-1|
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint - 5th Race, Post Time 12:37 pm (PT)/3:37 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP TURF SPRINT (GI) is a five furlong race for 3-year-olds and up to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.
|1||Disco Partner||Christophe Clement||Irad Ortiz Jr.||9-2|
|2||Holding Gold||Mark E. Casse||Manuel Franco||15-1|
|3||Lady Aurelia||Wesley A. Ward||John Velazquez||5-2|
|4||Stormy Liberal||Peter Miller||Joel Rosario||12-1|
|5||Washington DC (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||Ryan Moore||20-1|
|6||Marsha (IRE)||Sir Mark Prescott||Luke Morris||7-2|
|7||Richard's Boy||Peter Miller||Flavien Prat||10-1|
|8||Cotai Glory (GB)||Charles Hills||Oisin Murphy||20-1|
|9||Mongolian Saturday||Enebish Ganbat||Florent Geroux||20-1|
|10||Hogy||Michael J. Maker||Jose Ortiz||12-1|
|11||Bucchero||Tim Glyshaw||Fernando de la Cruz||12-1|
|12||Pure Sensation||Christophe Clement||Kendrick Carmouche||20-1|
|AE||Guns Loaded||Doug F. O'Neill||Rafael Bejarano||20-1|
|AE||Paquita Coqueta (CHI)||Chad Summers||Corey Nakatani||20-1|
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint - 6th Race, Post Time 1:14 pm (PT)/4:14 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT (GI) is a seven furlong race for 3-year-olds and up, fillies & mares. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.
|1||Carina Mia||Chad C. Brown||Javier Castellano||12-1|
|2||Paulassilverlining||Chad C. Brown||Jose Ortiz||8-1|
|3||Curlin's Approval||Happy Alter||Luis Saez||20-1|
|4||Finest City||Ian Kruljac||Corey Naktani||12-1|
|5||Bar of Gold||John C. Kimmel||Irad Ortiz Jr.||30-1|
|6||Proper Discretion||Philip D'Amato||Kent Desormeaux||30-1|
|7||By the Moon||Michelle Nevin||Rajiv Maragh||12-1|
|8||Constellation||Bob Baffert||Flavien Prat||15-1|
|9||Finley'sluckycharm||W. Bret Calhoun||Brian Hernandez Jr.||6-1|
|10||Highway Star||Rodrigo A. Ubillo||Angel Arroyo||15-1|
|11||Unique Bella||Jerry Hollendorfer||Mike Smith||9-5|
|12||Skye Diamonds||William Spawr||Tiago Pereira?||5-1|
|13||Princess Karen||Jeffrey L. Bonde||Julien Leparoux||20-1|
|14||Ami's Mesa||Josie Carroll||Luis Contreras||20-1|
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - 7th Race, Post Time 2:00 pm (PT)/5:00 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP FILLY & MARE TURF (GI) is a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.
|1||War Flag||Claude R. McGaughey III||Jose Ortiz||12-1|
|2||Senga||Pascal F. Bary||Stephane Pasquier||20-1|
|3||Birdie Gold||Gary Mandella||Mike Smith||30-1|
|4||Zipessa||Michael Stidham||Joe Bravo||20-1|
|5||Wuheida (GB)||Charlie Appleby||William Buick||20-1|
|6||Cambodia||Thomas F. Proctor||Drayden Van Dyke||8-1|
|7||Dacita (CHI)||Chad C. Brown||Joel Rosario||8-1|
|8||Grand Jete (GB)||Chad C. Brown||Javier Castellano||6-1|
|9||Lady Eli||Chad C. Brown||Irad Ortiz Jr.||5-2|
|10||Queen's Trust (GB)||Sir Michael R. Stoute||Frankie Dettori||12-1|
|11||Nezwaah (GB)||Roger Varian||Andrea Atzeni||20-1|
|12||Avenge||Richard E. Mandella||Flavien Prat||8-1|
|13||Goodyearforroses (IRE)||Richard Baltas||Corey Nakatani||12-1|
|14||Rhododendron (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||Ryan Moore||8-1|
|AE||Kitten's Roar||Michael J. Maker||Jose Ortiz||20-1|
|AE||Responsibleforlove (IRE)||Neil D. Drysdale||Joe Talamo||20-1|
TwinSpires.com Breeders' Cup Sprint - 8th Race, Post Time 2:37 pm (PT)/5:37 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP SPRINT (GI) is a six furlong race for 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1.5 million, including travel awards.
|1||Calculator||Peter Miller||John Velazquez||20-1|
|2||Drefong||Bob Baffert||Mike Smith||5-2|
|3||American Pastime||Robert B. Hess Jr.||Corey Nakatani||12-1|
|4||B Squared||Doug F. O'Neill||Mario Gutierrez||30-1|
|5||Whitmore||Ron Moquett||Manuel Franco||15-1|
|6||Mind Your Biscuits||Chad Summers||Joel Rosario||6-1|
|7||Takaful||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||Jose Ortiz||5-1|
|8||Roy H||Peter Miller||Kent Desormeaux||7-2|
|9||Ransom the Moon||Philip D'Amato||Flavien Prat||12-1|
|10||Imperial Hint||Luis Carvajal Jr.||Javier Castellano||9-2|
Breeders' Cup Mile - 9th Race, Post Time 3:19 pm (PT)/6:19 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP MILE (GI) is a one mile race for 3-year-olds and up, to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.
|1||Midnight Storm||Philip D'Amato||Tyler Baze||15-1|
|2||Heart to Heart||Brian A. Lynch||Julien Leparoux||6-1|
|3||Mr. Roary||George Papaprodromou||Tyler Conner||30-1|
|4||Lancaster Bomber||Aidan P. O'Brien||Seamie Heffernan||20-1|
|5||World Approval||Mark E. Casse||John Velazquez||9-2|
|6||Zelzal (FR)||Jean-Claude Rouget||Gregory Benoist||20-1|
|7||Om||Dan L. Hendricks||Drayden Van Dyke||20-1|
|8||Suedois (FR)||David O'Meara||Daniel Tudhope||6-1|
|9||Home of The Brave (IRE)||Hugo Palmer||Mike Smith||20-1|
|10||Ribchester (IRE)||Richard A. Fahey||William Buick||7-2|
|11||Ballagh Rocks||William I. Mott||Jose Lezcano||12-1|
|12||Roly Poly||Aidan P. O'Brien||Ryan Moore||6-1|
|13||Blackjackcat||Mark Glatt||Kent Desormeaux||15-1|
|14||Karar (GB)||Francis-Henri Graffard||Frankie Dettori||15-1|
Breeders' Cup Juvenile - 10th Race, Post Time 3:58 pm (PT)/6:58 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE (GI) is a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.
|1||U S Navy Flag||Aidan P. O'Brien||Ryan Moore||8-1|
|2||Solomini||Bob Baffert||Flavien Prat||6-1|
|3||Firenze Fire||Jason Servis||Irad Ortiz Jr.||6-1|
|4||Givemeaminit||Dallas Stewart||Javier Castellano||20-1|
|5||Free Drop Billy||Dale L. Romans||Robby Albarado||5-1|
|6||Good Magic||Chad C. Brown||Jose Ortiz||8-1|
|7||The Tabulator||Larry Rivelli||Jose Valdivia Jr.||20-1|
|8||Bahamian||Simon Callaghan||Mario Gutierrez||30-1|
|9||Hazit||Todd A. Pletcher||John Velazquez||20-1|
|10||Golden Dragon||Mikhail Yanakov||Evin Roman||30-1|
|11||Bolt d'Oro||Mick Ruis||Corey Nakatani||9-5|
|12||Hollywood Star||Dale L. Romans||Joel Rosario||15-1|
Breeders' Cup Turf - 11th Race, Post Time 4:37 pm (PT)/7:37 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP TURF (GI) is a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $4 million, including travel awards.
|1||Talismanic (GB)||Andre Fabre||Mickael Barzalona||15-1|
|2||Bullards Alley||Tim Glyshaw||Javier Castellano||15-1|
|3||Highland Reel (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||Ryan Moore||5-1|
|4||Decorated Knight (GB)||Roger Charlton||Andrea Atzeni||15-1|
|5||Ulysses (IRE)||Sir Michael R. Stoute||Frankie Dettori||7-2|
|6||Cliffs of Moher (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||Wayne Lordan||20-1|
|7||Itsinthepost (FR)||Jeff Mullins||Tyler Baze||15-1|
|8||Bigger Picture||Michael J. Maker||John Velazquez||15-1|
|9||Seventh Heaven (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||Seamie Heffernan||20-1|
|10||Fanciful Angel (IRE)||Chad C. Brown||Irad Ortiz Jr.||12-1|
|11||Hunt (IRE)||Philip D'Amato||Flavien Prat||15-1|
|12||Beach Patrol||Chad C. Brown||Joel Rosario||4-1|
|13||Sadler's Joy||Thomas Albertrani||Julien Leparoux||12-1|
|14||Oscar Performance||Brian A. Lynch||Jose Ortiz||10-1|
Breeders' Cup Classic - 12th Race, Post Time 5:35 pm (PT)/8:35 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC (GI) is a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $6 million, including travel awards.
|1||Arrogate||Bob Baffert||Mike Smith||2-1|
|2||War Decree||Aidan P. O'Brien||Seamie Heffernan||30-1|
|3||Win the Space||George Papaprodromou||Joe Talamo||30-1|
|4||War Story||Jorge Navarro||Jose Ortiz||30-1|
|5||Gun Runner||Steven M. Asmussen||Florent Geroux||9-5|
|6||Mubtaahij (IRE)||Bob Baffert||Drayden Van Dyke||12-1|
|7||Churchill (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||Ryan Moore||15-1|
|8||West Coast||Bob Baffert||Javier Castellano||6-1|
|9||Gunnevera||Antonio Sano||Edgard Zayas||30-1|
|10||Pavel||Doug F. O'Neill||Mario Gutierrez||20-1|
|11||Collected||Bob Baffert||Martin Garcia||6-1|
2017 Breeders' Cup Classic Contenders
Collected won the 2017 Pacific Classic which is a Breeders' Cup Challenge 'Win and You're In' race. Trained by Bob Baffert and typically ridden by martin Garcia, the City Zip chestnut colt defeated both Arrogate and Accelerate. Of his 11 starts, Collected has earned 8 wins, 1 place and 0 shows to earn a lifetime total of $1.26 million.
Diversify won the 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Keeneland with hot jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr aboard. Trained by Richard Violette, Jr, the Bellamy Road bay gelding has earned $775,425 entering the Breeders' Cup Classic. A strong record of 10-7-2-0 presents a compelling resume of success.
Probable Breeders' Cup Odds on favorite, Gun Runner, has not won one, but TWO Challenge races entering Breeders' Cup weekend. The 2017 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs and The Whitney at Saratoga boosted his lifetime earnings to over $5.6 million. The chestnut Candy Ride (ARG) colt has a record of 17 starts for 10-3-2 finishes in the money.
Globe trotter and Kentucky Derby contender Mubtaahij (IRE) clinched a birth into the Breeders' Cup Classic with his win in the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes. An Irish bred Bay horse by Dubai (IRE), Mubtaahij has started 18 times, with 5 wins - 4 places - 1 show to earn a lifetime total of over $4.5 million.
Win the Space
2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic Contenders
The field for the Breeders’ Cup Classic varies each year. For the 2016 rendition, there will be nine contenders vying for the chance to win the marquee race at the World Championships. This year’s starters will be highlighted by established legend California Chrome and newcomer Arrogate.
The list of 2016 Breeders’ Cup Stakes contenders is listed below. The race will run on Saturday, November 5th out of Santa Anita Park.
No horse has had a stronger 2016 campaign than California Chrome. The 2014 Horse of the Year returned from injury capture a Meydan Handicap, the Dubai World Cup, San Diego Handicap, Pacific Classic and the Awesome Again Stakes in rampant succession. During this run, he demoralized known opponents like Dortmund Keen Ice and Hoppertunity but also managed to best Beholder in the Pacific Classic. He will enter the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic with the experience, maturity and talent that few rivals can match. California Chrome is the even money favorite.
Arrogate has surged in to the spotlight after a masterful performance in his stakes debut at the Travers, where he posted the fastest winning time in that race’s history. Not only that, but the Bob Baffert trained star completely dusted some of the best known three-year-old colts of this year’s class including Gun Runner, Creator, Destin and Exaggerator. Though the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic will be just his second major challenge at the top level, many expect him to give California Chrome a serious run for his money. Arrogate could truly be the best colt in the country. Some have gone as far to say that he is the best racehorse currently in the sport.
Melatonin is a five-year-old gelding who shocked everyone with a win in the 2016 Santa Anita Handicap and the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. His win in the latter produced a time of 1:59.79 over a distance of 1 ¼ miles, meaning that he has the pace to really upset the balance of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Trainer David Hofmans will have to hope for his best, which might not be a problem. The only loss that Melatonin suffered was as a runner-up in the Oaklawn Handicap to Effinex. His connections will be hoping that running at Santa Anita Park will supply Melatonin with the home track advantage he needs.
The popular Donegal Racing product will run in his second Breeders’ Cup Classic after finishing fourth last year. Since then he has had an up-and-down season, which included a tough trip in the Dubai World Cup where he finished eighth. Keen Ice has his fan base and is also a son of Curlin, but it will be tough for him to keep pace with the two favorites. Oddsmakers have him pegged as a longshot in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic. He has plenty of experience, and is still the only horse to have beaten American Pharoah.
Few horses produce as steadily as Hoppertunity. Since finishing fifth during a maiden special weight in 2014, Hoppertunity has never fallen below fourth overall and has wins in the 2014 Rebel Stakes, 2014 Clark Handicap and 2015 San Pasqual Stakes to his name. While always a competitor at heart, Hoppertunity has the auspicious honor of losing to California Chrome on five different occasions. Barring a miracle, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic may be his sixth.
Frosted is one of the strongest offspring to come out of leading sire Tapit, which is why the oddsmakers are likely to keep him in the proverbial mix. It helps that Frosted has spent the 2016 season having quite the resurgence. He won the Al Maktoun Challenge Round 2 at Meydan before finishing fifth in the Dubai World Cup. Returning stateside, the Godolphin product torched the Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney before behind upended in the Woodward Stakes during his final prep for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Will that third place finish at the Woodward haunt him, or is he ready to rebound and show his winning form once again?
Effinex was the runner-up to American Pharoah in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic, and returns to give it yet another try. He has had a strong season, which included wins in the Oaklawn Handicap and the Suburban Handicap along with a runner-up finish in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Effinex also suffered unfortunate outings in the Stephen Foster Handicap, where he placed sixth, as well as a fourth place finish in the Whitney. This is still the same horse that had a marvelous 2015 season that included a 4-1-1 record in 7 starts, so there’s always hope that he could flash his best on the biggest stage.
Win The Space
If there was ever a horse looking for a breakthrough moment, it’s likely Win The Space. The four-year-old opened the year with a win in an allowance, but then fell to second in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita before finishing third in the San Diego Handicap. He trailed all the way to ninth in the Pacific Classic but warded off fears of his regression by running to third in the Awesome Again Stakes.
War Story started his campaign late, but won an allowance handedly before heading to the Pacific Classic where he could not compete with the three-headed behemoth of Caliofrnia Chrome, Beholder and Dortmund. He finished seventh in that race, and may not fare much better considering how stiff the competition is in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Oddsmakers are sure to peg him as a longshot.
2015 Breeders' Cup Contenders
Last year's expected match-up between Triple Crown hero American Pharoah and multiple champion mare Beholder in the Breeders' Cup Classic, unfortunately, failed to materialize.
But while American Pharoah headed off the breeding shed, Beholder returned in 2016 and is on course for the Breeders' Cup Distaff, where she'll meet fellow popular champion Songbird.
However, the main discussion at this point is thus: who can stop California Chrome?
The 2014 Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby winner has racked up win after win, including an effortless victory in the Dubai World Cup, and easily held defending champion Beholder by five lengths in the Pacific Classic. California Chrome gets the home field advantage, as the Breeders’ Cup Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park in 2016.
The brilliant chestnut’s main rivals in the older division currently stand with Frosted, Mubtaahij, Shaman Ghost, Hoppertunity and Dortmund.
The three-year-old division could have an impact on the Classic as well, but regardless of that whoever does best in the race may just end up crowned champion three-year-old male. This year’s Triple Crown season saw Nyquist, Exaggerator and Creator win the respective Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
Throw in newcomer Arrogate’s track-record setting performance in the Travers Stakes, and the three-year-old division is anyone’s game right now.
The three-year-old filly division looks to be sewn up by Songbird, who has yet to taste defeat. She’ll face a stiff test in the Distaff against older runners like Beholder and Stellar Wind, who handed Beholder a loss in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes in late July. The Distaff could also include other sophomore runners such as Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia.
Flintshire is on course to try the Breeders’ Cup Turf for a second time, having just missed by a half-length in the 2014 running, and could see some familiar faces in the form of World Approval and Twilight Eclipse lining up.
Champion Tepin is readying for a title defense run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, which she captured last year over Mondialiste. That latter runner has come back this year to take the 1 1/4-mile Arlington Million and could go in either the Mile or Turf.
The sprinting division seems to have found a new star in A. P. Indian, easy winner of both the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap and Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Ballerina Stakes vixen Haveyougoneaway seems destined for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, as does By the Moon and defending champion Wavell Avenue.
The two juvenile races, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies, will likely decide championship honors for those two divisions. Sweet Loretta and Pretty City Dancer would have to ship to California from their East Coast bases, but American Pharoah’s two-year-old full sister, American Cleopatra, will be on her home ground in the Juvenile Fillies.
Del Mar Futurity victor Klimt would also be running out of his stall if he goes in the Juvenile for trainer Bob Baffert, while Practical Joke would have to hop plane to get from his trainer’s New York shedrow to California.