November 1st, 2014 − Santa Anita

Breeders' Cup Classic

RACE COVERAGE: Classic | Distaff | Turf | Filly & Mare Turf | Mile | Dirt Mile | Sprint | Turf Sprint | Filly & Mare Sprint | Juvenile | Juvenile Turf | Juvenile Fillies | Juvenile Fillies Turf

Classic, Purse: $5 million, 1 1/4 miles

 Prayer for Relief  D. Romans  I. Ortiz I feel he's actually been better this year than ever, but that doesn't make him good enough for these 30-1  30-1
 Cigar Street  W. Mott  J. Velazquez Wanted to see improvement in second start back, and he delivered; question if he's quite this good 15-1  12-1
 Imperative  G. Papaprodromou  L. Dettori Still waiting for him to really run back to that upset of Game On Dude; will likely have to wait longer 30-1  30-1
 Moreno  E. Guillot  J. Castellano Don't think he's fast enough to go with Bayern early, and don't think he's at his best going this far 20-1  20-1
 V. E. Day  J. Jerkens  J. Talamo Late change of plans to run in this race, and that usually backfires; Travers winner was empty in last 20-1  20-1
 Shared Belief  J. Hollendorfer  M. Smith Faced adversity for first time in the Awesome Again and overcame it; that wil only make him tougher 2-1  9-5
 Bayern  B. Baffert  M. Garcia Highly talented, but feel his Pa. Derby, Haskell wins were bias aided; but if he catches another bias … 5-1  6-1
 Zivo  C. Brown  J. Lezcano Had significant trouble when second in JC Gold Cup; also wonder how his closing style will do at SA 12-1  15-1
 Toast of New York  J. Osborne  J. Spencer Dirt ability is the obvious question; good second to the favorite in his last; potential wise guy horse 15-1  12-1
 Footbridge  E. Harty  R. Bejarano Consistent, and he does like Santa Anita, but he's another who really looks second tier in this spot 30-1  30-1
 Tonalist  C. Clement  J. Rosario Showed he's best as a one run closer with his strong JC Gold Cup win; how will that style play at SA? 6-1  5-1
 Candy Boy  J. Sadler  C. Nakatani Only really poor showing was in the Derby, and he had big trouble; does seem a notch below, though 30-1  20-1
 California Chrome  A. Sherman  V. Espinoza Doesn't like being inside like at Parx and won't be with this post; still, he needs a career-best here 6-1  4-1
 Majestic Harbor  S. McCarthy  T. Baze Has that one huge race at the distance over the track three back; has no other performances like it 20-1  20-1
  Also Eligible                  
 Big Cazanova  P. Miller  E. Trujillo Appears severely overmatched, but he does have the speed to impact the proceedings if he gets in 30-1 30-1

Comments and Odds by Mike Watchmaker

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November 01, 2014
Race #2
ACCEPTANCE was rumored to be a potential star for California breeder Old English Rancho even before his smashing debut. The son of Vronsky ran like he is something special. Not quick from the gate, rolled up inside to press, got shuffled back into the turn, re-rallied in traffic, split horses, ran past everyone and won by more than 13 lengths geared down. Spectacular. Normal horses do not do what ACCEPTANCE did. He stretches to seven furlongs, which should be ideal. It's his first against winners and he is buried on the rail, but those are only minor concerns.