October 30th, 2015 − Keeneland

Breeders' Cup Juvenile 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 Juvenile Turf, $1 million, 1 mile, 2-yo colts

1 Dressed in Hermes Gary Stevens Janet Armstrong Overcame rocky trip to break maiden in shallow California turf stakes, would be a stunner 20-1
2 Azar John Velazquez Todd Pletcher G2 winner SAR and runner-up G3 BEL, inching forward each subsequent start 12-1
3 Manhattan Dan Robbie Albarado Gary Contessa Front-running sprinter fast enough to set pace partway, wheels back under two weeks 20-1
4 Shogun Seamie Heffernan Aidan O’Brien Respect European connections, but overseas form is modest, split field G1 last out 15-1
5 Highland Sky Cornelio Velasquez Barclay Tagg Won debut at SAR, followed with tough-trip fourth BEL 30-1
6 Birchwood James Doyle Richard Fahey Distant third to European star 2yo Air Force Blue in Ireland, wonder if peaked too early in season 8-1
7 Ray’s the Bar Javier Castellano Chad Brown Snuck inside U.S. debut, had his shot, missed by half-length first start two and half months, can improve 15-1
8 Airoforce Julien Leparoux Mark Casse Followed impressive debut with sharp G3 win KEE turf, daylight wins both starts, may vie for favoritism 9-2
9 Sky Marshal Luis Saez Barbara Minshall Troubled trip runner-up in WO stakes early September, merits longshot consideration  15-1
10 Conquest Daddyo Joe Bravo Mark Casse Scored G2 victory WO that looks better on paper than on video, improving colt fired all three starts 10-1
11 Hollywood Don Joel Rosario Peter Miller California turf stakes winner gave dirt a shot but was less effective, will appreciate return to grass 10-1
12 Camelot Kitten Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown Broke slow, trailed 14-horse field, finished with rush in better-than-looked second G3 KEE 12-1
13 Cymric William Buick John Gosden Group 1-placed in France, drew tough outside post, trainer won this race ’08 (Donativum) & ’09 (Pounced) 4-1
14 Hit It a Bomb Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien Flashy stakes win synthetic Ireland makes 2-for-2, early favorite European bookmakers, starts from far outside 15-1
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15 Sheikh of Sheikhs Lanfranco Dettori Wesley Ward First-time turf would add speed, maiden dirt win two back was fast 20-1

Odds and comments by Brad Free