11/03/2009 10:52PM

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Here are the fields drawn earlier today for Friday and Saturday's 14 Breeders' Cup races, with post positions, jockeys, trainers, morning-line odds from both Santa Anita and Daily Racing Form's Brad Free (Friday races) and Mike Watchmaker (Saturday races), and each horse's highest winning level, top Beyer Speed Figure on any surface, and top Beyer on the BC race's surface (synthetic or grass.):

The Santa Anita and DRF lines agree on whom the public will favor in 10 of the 14 races, though there are some major differences in price-point predictions: In the Mile, for example, the official morning line has Goldikova at 8-5 while DRF has her at 4-5.

The four races with disagreements on who will be favored are the Juvenile Fillies Turf (ML: Lillie Langtree at 3-1, DRF: House of Grace at 4-1); the Juvenile Turf (ML: Interactif at 4-1, DRF: Viscount Nelson at 3-1); the Turf Sprint (ML: California Flag at 7-2, DRF: Diamondrella at 7-2) and the Classic (ML: Zenyatta at 5-2, DRF: Rip Van Winkle at 7-2).

Mike More than 1 year ago
I think the columns are mixed up? Is not the TopA and TopT data reversed? i.e. Black Astor, for example, got a 58 Beyer on synthetic not on turf. Your 'BC by Beyers' data from November 2, suggests this. Or am I reading the figures incorrectly? (Completely possible!) [Mike: Not reversed. TopA=Top Any. TopT=Top on Today's surface.]
chris More than 1 year ago
As an American horse racing fan living Down Under, one has to question the lack of racing by top flight American horses in these recent times. As noted earlier, Shocking won the 2 mile Melbourne Cup three days after winning his 13 furlong tightener, but that the favorite and last year's winner Viewed was running his third race in 11 days, which started with a win in the GR1 Caulfield Cup at 12 furlongs and a 3rd in a GR1 at 12 furlongs on the Saturday before the Tuesday MelbCup. Yeah, he finished a non threating 6th in the paceless 2 mile race, but he was far from a tired horse. Why won't we run them like we used to? Maybe the current recession will make some owners reconsider sending them to the shed too early and/or running them 6 times a year...g'day, as I say now.
EnglishChannel More than 1 year ago
Bernard, The heat didn't seem to bother the Euros last year and the day time high was about 93. Last I checked the forecasted high for friday and saturday is in the mid 70's. Can anyone speak to how the track played last year leading up to the cup? We all know it didn't play well to speed but this year it's more biased that way in route races at least. Pretty even in sprints. Good Luck to all!
cayman01 More than 1 year ago
Interesting chart, BUT there is one thing I have issue with. The highest synthetic BSF. It is important to point out that all synthetic tracks are NOT equal and that horses DO have a preference for one over another.Informed Decision is 6 for 6 over POLYTRACK. She has never run on Pro-Ride which is a completely different surface. Cushion and Tapeta are also different from Pro-Ride. I think that's why a lot of people hate Synthetics so much. They think the surfaces play the same and they certainly do NOT do that.Any chance of adding a Pro-Ride column?
Nick Briglia More than 1 year ago
Steven, I wouldn't ignore Sara Louise if I were you. I think she's racing for a lot more than just 3rd place.
MICKEYD More than 1 year ago
I have never seen hitable odds as in this years BC races. Baffert, bin Suroor and Oneil may retire after saturday. ferneley, red Rocks all at over 10-1 WOW!
Michael B. Farber More than 1 year ago
I watched Shocking win the $5-million, two-mile Melbourne Cup on Monday night (Tuesday afternoon Down Under). What is truly shocking about this win from the American standpoint is that Shocking had just raced three days before, in a 1 5/8-mile Group 3 handicap race on Saturday afternoon at the same track (Flemington), which he also won. In other words, the horse ran 3 5/8 miles in four days! That Group 3 win was Shocking's first graded or group stakes win. The videos of both races should be shown about 50 times to those American horsemen who keep insisting that horses "bounce" off a good effort and need a month, six weeks, or two months to recover. Maybe the best way to keep a sharp horse sharp is to keep racing him. The other astonishing thing is that Flemington had a 10-race card on Melbourne Cup day and the smallest field for any of the races was 10 horses. The Cup had 23 after a late scratch, and most of the other races had 16 or more horses. All of this with no raceday medication whatsoever. By the way, the winner was sired by Street Cry, a shuttle stallion who stands half the year in North America. If they do this down there, why can't we do this?
tom mcdonough More than 1 year ago
So, what is the real story about Rip van Winkle's feet?
dan c More than 1 year ago
I agree w drf more, not bad llines by john white but Candyman 15-1 no way, god i hope so, perfect draw and overrated zensational will get run with ......fleeting spirit great draw too. I am shocked In the Slips is not in the field? who evaluated that? Nice price on several euros and lastly Richards kid will be 10-1 or under, and connie and michael 4-1??? wow off a maiden win? I like her but thought I would get 12-1 at least.
Steeplestakes More than 1 year ago
Thought there would be more Euro's in the Classic. 12-1 on Einstein in the Classic is generous. Desert Code repeats in the Turf Sprint.