November 4th, 2017 − Del Mar

Breeders' Cup 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 Turf, $4 million, 1 1/2 mile turf, 3-year-olds and up

1 Talismanic Andre Fabre Consistent in France for a barn that knows how to win Breeders' Cup races; seems a cut below, however 20-1
2 Bullards Alley Tim Glyshaw Ran away with the Canadian International and got a massive Beyer, but on a swampy course at 42-1 20-1
3 Highland Reel Aidan O'Brien Stole this race last year when he walked on the lead early; might rebound on iffy efforts in his last two 5-1
4 Decorated Knight Roger Charlton Multiple Group 1 winner is an unknown at 12 furlongs, but this should be a better fit for him than the Mile 12-1
5 Ulysses Michael Stoute He's better this year than last year, when he finished fourth in this race against a deeper overall field 3-1
6 Cliffs of Moher Aidan O'Brien Epsom Derby runner-up has found the going much more difficult against older horses; still intriguing 15-1
7 Itsinthepost Jeff Mullins Arguably California's best turf male this year, but must raise his game to be competitive with these 15-1
8 Bigger Picture Mike Maker Been a great claim and his form is good; still, he got a dream setup when he won the United Nations 20-1
9 Seventh Heaven Aidan O'Brien Aside from a romping win three starts back over questionable company, she was better last year at 3 20-1
10 Fanciful Angel Chad Brown Finished second to Beach Patrol in the Joe Hirsch and the Arlington Million in his first two U.S. outings 12-1
11 Hunt Phil D'Amato Won two Grade 2 stakes on the Dmr course over the summer, but was fortunate to win the second one 20-1
12 Beach Patrol Chad Brown His Joe Hirsch Turf Classic was the best effort by a U.S. turf male so far this year in a legitimately run race 9-2
13 Sadler's Joy Tom Albertrani Won the Sword Dancer two starts back, and maybe he'll benefit from a tighter-turned turf course 15-1
14 Oscar Performance Brian Lynch Certainly our most accomplished 3yo turfer this year, but was found wanting against elders in the Hirsch 12-1

Odds and comments by Mike Watchmaker