November 3rd, 2017 − Santa Anita

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

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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 Mendelssohn Aidan O'Brien Group 1 runner-up Newmarket, Scat Daddy $3 million yearling, sibling to Beholder, trainer won this race 3 last 6 8-1
2 Untamed Domain Graham Motion Talented but trouble-prone, up late over modest company in G2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine, will be rolling late 10-1
3 Sands of Mali Richard Fahey Puzzling misfire as apparent contender last out Newmarket G1, previously scored daylight wins sprint stakes 20-1
4 Catholic Boy Jonathan Thomas August victory Saratoga G3 validated when third-place finisher Untamed Domain returned to win G2 Summer 10-1
5 Beckford Gordon Elliott Runner-up twice Group 1's, no visible alibi finishing fifth as favorite last out Newmarket G1 won by U S Navy Flag 6-1
6 Masar Charlie Appleby Conspicuous European form includes G3 win + G1 third, improving pattern, major threat absent U S Navy Flag 4-1
7 James Garfield George Scott European Group 2 winner with style suits closers-friendly course profile, imports historically hold edge this race 5-1
8 Voting Control Chad Brown Likely best when compromised by slow start as runner-up G2 at Belmont Park, question quality of field he faced 15-1
9 Encumbered Simon Callaghan Dirt experiment did not pan out vs. Bolt d'Oro, returns to grass, won twice Del Mar turf including summer stakes 15-1
10 Flameaway Mark Casse Upset win in off-turf G3 Keeneland was his second win off-turf stakes, son of late Scat Daddy should love grass 20-1
11 Snapper Sinclair Steve Asmussen Improving colt legitimate contender, freshened since August, snappy $350k stakes Kentucky Downs, versatile style 12-1
12 Hemp Hemp Hurray Wesley Ward Respectable runner-up effort first beyond six furlongs G2 Summer at Woodbine, keeps pace honest from outside 15-1
13 My Boy Jack Keith Desormeaux Each start better than start before, deep closer scored maiden victory over suspect field $100k stakes Santa Anita 15-1
14 Rajasinghe Richard Spencer Outstanding UK form spring and summer, finished next to last in recent comeback race, current form uncertain 20-1
  Not selected into the field and listed in order of preference by the Breeders' Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel:  
15 Tap Daddy Steve Asmussen Third across wire in Keeneland G3 on "sloppy" track, previously won maiden turf sprint on "yielding" 20-1
16 Pubilius Syrus Vladimir Cerin Maiden winner last out, each start better than start before, unlikely to make it into oversubscribed field 30-1

 Odds and comments by Brad Free