November 4th, 2017 − Santa Anita

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf

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

Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, $2 million, 1 1/8 miles turf, fillies and mares 3 & up

1 War Flag Shug McGaughey Beat good ones in Dacita and Grand Jete in her Flower Bowl upset; would figure to want more distance 15-1
2 Senga Pascal Bary Upset the French Oaks three starts back, but probed unable to validate that score in her last two outings 20-1
3 Birdie Gold Gary Mandella Peruvian Group 1 "Win and You're In" winner is likely in for a rude awakening against this kind of horse 30-1
4 Zipessa Michael Stidham Her First Lady upset was a surprise in part because speedy mare successfully came from off the pace 20-1
5 Wuheida Charlie Appleby The Queen Elizabeth II was to be her first U.S. target, but she missed that race due to a minor foot issue 20-1
6 Cambodia Tom Proctor Won two stakes over the summer on the Del Mar course, but against lesser company than she meets here 15-1
7 Dacita Chad Brown Rarely fails to fire, but even though she's a Gr. 1 winner at the distance, she might prefer more ground 5-1
8 Grand Jete Chad Brown Got bored on the lead in Flower Bowl, but was best when second in Beverly D. two back; live in this spot 6-1
9 Lady Eli Chad Brown Amazing mare is as good as she ever was, which says a lot; she's also a huge sentimental root for, too 5-2
10 Queen's Trust Michael Stoute Nosed Lady Eli to win this race last year, but has managed just one well-beaten third from five 2017 starts 10-1
11 Nezwaah Roger Varian Showed little when fifth as the favorite in the E.P. Taylor on a deep course; looks in too tough in this spot 20-1
12 Avenge Richard Mandella Wire arrived at the right time in her Rodeo Drive victory; still appears to be below her sharp 2016 form 15-1
13 Goodyearforroses Richard Baltas Was empty at even money when eighth in Rodeo Drive; close to Lady Eli in the Gamely in May, though 20-1
14 Rhododendron Aidan O'Brien With the exception of uncharacteristic duds two and three starts back, her form is excellent; contender 8-1
  Also Eligible (In Order Of Preference):      
15 Kitten's Roar Mike Maker Her last two performances were the best of her career; still seems short of being a true Grade 1 mare 20-1
16 Responsibleforlove Neil Drysdale Surprised when a rallying third in the Rodeo Drive, but that race really seemed to tie up in the late stages 30-1

Odds and comments by Mike Watchmaker