11/02/2009 11:07PM

BC by the Beyers


Submitted for your consideration are the Breeders' Cup pre-entrants and their Beyer Speed Figures in five categories: their last race (Last); their career-best figure, regardless of surface (Top); and their career-best figures on dirt (TopDirt), synthetic (TopSynth) and turf (TopTurf).

A notation of "??" instead of a numeral indicates a category where the entrant has run on the surface in question but has not recorded a Beyer, primarily European horses. The "---" notation means that the horse has never run on that surface. The highlighted column (blue for synthetic, green for turf) reflects the surface on which the BC race will be run.

The column headed HWL (Highest Winning Level) to the left of the figures records the best type of race each horse has won -- maiden, allowance, stakes or graded stakes.

In total, 23 horses -- 20 (of the 84 entered) in synth races, and three in grass races -- will be trying a surface for the first time. All eight main-track races have at least one entrant who has never raced on any kind of synthetic track before, including five in the Classic (Giralamo, Quality Road, Rip Van Winkle, Summer Bird, Twice Over) and half of the 14 2-year-olds expected to contest the Juvenile.

I'll repost these figures Tuesday as part of a Master Cheat Sheet after final entries are taken and post positions are drawn. The draw starts at 3:30 pm ET and will be telecast by HRTV.