Breeders' Cup Rankings 2023: Future Stars Friday

October 13th, 2023

A handful of races will be held on the opening-day portion of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 3. European imports have endured a bevy of success in these tilts, especially in the events that have been contested on the turf, but my focus for this piece will be on the U.S.-based contenders. 

Below is a list of my top domestic candidates for the handful of races to be held on "Future Stars Friday."

Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2)

  1. No Nay Mets – Fleet colt is 3-for-3 in the U. S. and the potential one to beat 
  2. Slider – Jimmy Creed colt displayed class in Speakeasy S. victory
  3. Shards – Bucchero colt just missed in Indian Summer S. last out

Juvenile Fillies (G1)

  1. Tamara – Daughter of Beholder has been fantastic to this stage of her development
  2. V V’s Dream – Kenny McPeek trainee a big second in Alcibiades (G1) most recently
  3. Life Talk – Todd Pletcher pupil better than her Frizette (G1) third-place result

Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)

  1. She Feels Pretty – Natalma (G1) queen looks the part
  2. Buchu – Jessamine (G2) starlet owns a lethal late kick 
  3. Gala Brand – Bill Mott filly ready to peak at Santa Anita

Juvenile (G1)

  1. Locked – Pletcher looks to go back-to-back in the tilt
  2. Prince of Monaco – Unbeaten colt will love going two turns
  3. Muth – $2 million purchase will be formidable for Bob Baffert

Juvenile Turf (G1)

  1. Carson’s Run – Summer (G1) star the feel-good story of the race
  2. Endlessly – Untested colt aced his test on the surface most recently
  3. Agate Road – Quality Road colt just scratching the surface