October 31st, 2015 − Keeneland

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

1 Golden Horn Lanfranco Dettori John Gosden Won nearly every major Euro race this year, including the Arc from a bad post, his "B" race wins this 3-5
2 Shining Copper Luis Saez Chad Brown He's the rabbit for Big Blue Kitten; all he's supposed to do is set an honest pace and get out of the way 30-1
3 Big John B Rafael Bejarano Phil D'Amato Got good again over the summer at Del Mar, but came up well short in last year's Turf; overmatched 20-1
4 Slumber Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown Has improved since being equipped with blinkers; just doesn't win often enough to be feared, though 15-1
5 Da Big Hoss Jose Ortiz Mike Maker Has really improved since the claim, as many do for this trainer; loves distance, but is in too tough 30-1
6 Twilight Eclipse Joel Rosario Tom Albertrani Hard trier should have won the Joe Hirsch, which in this context does not reflect well on that race 15-1
7 Big Blue Kitten Joe Bravo Chad Brown Arguably best of the Americans, and is consistent, but he got very lucky winning the Joe Hirsch 10-1
8 Cage Fighter Josh Navarro James Lawrence He's a nice horse, but in a much more forgiving environment than this one; is seriously overmatched 30-1
9 Found Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Was a game second to Golden Horn three back; that's the problem: been second too often this year 8-1
10 The Pizza Man Florent Geroux Roger Brueggeman The form of his Arlington Million win has held by U. S. standards, but this is a much tougher spot 12-1
11 Red Rifle Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Was second in the Sword Dancer, but a soundly beaten one; took a big step back in the Joe Hirsch 20-1
12 Ordak Dan Jorge Ricardo Juan Carlos Etchechoury Argentinian Win and You're In starter away since May; at least he didn't deny anyone a starting spot 30-1

Odds and comments by Mike Watchmaker.



Joe Hirsh Turf Classic

    BC Turf Best Turf finisher Turf
Year Winner Finish (Joe Hirsch finish) finish
2005-Bel Shakespeare 12-45 1/2 Ace (2nd) 2-1 3/4
2006-CD English Channel 3-2 3/4 English Channel (1st) 3-2 3/4
2007-Mth English Channel 1-7 English Channel (1st) 1-7
2008-SA Grand Couturier 11-17 1/2 Dancing Forever (7th) 3-3 3/4
2009-SA Interpatation DNR Telling (4th) 7-10 1/4
2010-CD Winchester 4-3 3/4 Winchester (1st) 4-3 3/4
2011-CD Cape Blanco DNR Dean's Kitten (2nd) 9-19 1/2
2012-SA Point of Entry 2-1/2 Little Mike (1st) 1-1/2
2013-SA Little Mike 7-3 1/2 Twilight Eclipse (5th) 6-2 1/4
2014-SA Main Sequence 1-1/2 Main Sequence (1st) 1-1/2