The big days(s) are finally upon us. The best of the best horses, trainers and jockeys from around the world will be on display in the sport of Horse Racing’s “Super Bowl” sort of speak in the Breeders Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Acadia, California on Nov. 1 & 2.
Over the next two days, 14 races will be run (five on Friday and nine on Saturday) with over $23 million in purses awarded and several year end championships will be decided.
Before we get to the Distaff let me go ahead and apologize. I’m sorry, the other night I was putting the final touches on full analysis’ of all 14 Breeders Cup races when the power flickered (as did my computer) and I lost everything….over 3 weeks of research, analysis of all 14 races, some 15,000 words…all gone.
Before I get bombarded with emails, years ago I worked in the IT field. I am quite familiar with a computer and its’ programs. I searched and searched and searched and found nothing. Being this happened just yesterday, I don’t have the time (or energy) to re-do everything. So, I picked the top two races of the two day card and burned the midnight oil to salvage something.
Tommorrow I will be previewing the 2013 Breeders Cup Classic….unfortunately (or fortunately, depending upon what you think of my handicapping skills) thats all I have time for. Once again, I apologize.
Race 10 – 4:35 PM
Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Grade I)
For Fillies and Mares, Three-Year-Olds and Upward
One And One Eighth Miles
M J Azpurua
J R Velazquez
T A Pletcher
W I Mott
M E Smith
W I Mott
G L Stevens
R E Mandella
Princess of Sylmar
T A Pletcher
1) Princess of Sylmar- has had nothing short of an outstanding year (and career for that matter.)
She’s won 6 of 7 starts in 2013 (and 8 of 10 overall) including 4 consecutive Grade: 1’s by using relentless stretch runs in every one of those, and all 8, of her wins.
Chestnut filly by Majestic Warrior out of the Todd Pletcher barn was probably most impressive in her last, the Sept. 28 Beldame Stakes.
In that race, she took her usually spot towards the rear of the pack early but, like she typically does, she launched her run approaching the far turn and collared two time champion Delta Royal by the quarter pole then slowly pulled away from that rival down the lane.
Jockey Javier Castellano simply just showed her the whip and she was gone… that, readers, is frightening. I mean, think about it… Castellano never really asked her for her best yet this three year old filly beats a two time Eclipse Award champion that is two years older than her by two conclusive lengths while being “hand urged” to the wire? That’s impressive.
I’m taking her right back based largely that, she not only beat Royal Delta, but the ease in which she did it with. ( I posted a replay of the Beldame at the bottom to refresh your memory)
2) Royal Delta- this aforementioned two time champion will most likely be bringing down the curtain on an illustrious career in this race and will probably have her hands full trying to go out on a winning note.
Good looking mare by Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker really had no excuses in her last (The Beldame) as she was coming into that race off back to back races in which she won by over 15 lengths combined, (so you know she was at the top of her game) yet she was beaten fair and square by the top pick.
With a career record of 21-12-5-1 and back to back bullet works (Oct 12- 4F- :46.2 and Oct 19- 5F- :59.3) leading up to this race, I don’t, however, expect her to go down without a fight.
3) Beholder- lots to like in this speedy champion.
Bay filly by the corvette looking Henny Hughes has one impressive stat after another to go along with the heavy early speed. She has banked almost $2 million already, has only been worse than second one time in her career that spans 11 races (11-7-3-0), she is 4 for 6 this year and probably the two most important things I see a) she is 5 for 6 over the Santa Anita surface and b) she is clearly looks like the “speed of the speed”.
She’ll be in front early, that much I’m pretty sure of, but I expect Close Hatches and possibly Royal Delta to be close by.
Moreover, she shows two monster works over the past three weeks (Oct 15- 5F- 58.3 and Oct 22- 7F- 1.24.2).
It kind of pains me to place her third because, clearly, she can better this rating.
Close Hatches aired in out in her first three starts (she won them by a combined 11 ½ lengths) before hitting a speed bump in the Kentucky Oaks and then again in the Acorn Stakes. But she seems to have bounced back into form with a blow out win in the Mother Goose Stakes and a methodical, workman like two length win in the Cotillion Stakes in her last two. I won’t be shocked if this filly runs well Friday afternoon.
Thanks for reading…
Record: 18-51 = 35%
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