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October 23, 2014
Although post positions, defections from races, and other factors could still alter my thinking between now and next weekend, here are some early observations and leanings about the Breeders' Cup.
There isn’t a stakes on the Saturday card at Laurel Park, but there are several interesting overnight races with large fields.
Tough Customer, who was first on the also-eligible/preference list to get into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, will pass the race even if he gets in, trainer Wayne Catalano confirmed Thursday morning.
The connections of Better Lucky were hoping to run their Grade 1-winning filly against males the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile. But when relegated to seven-deep in the Mile, a race that drew 29 pre-entrants, Better Lucky will be re-routed to the ...
Last year, the Jean Lafitte proved to be the key prep for the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot as winner Rise Up returned a month later to take the meet’s richest race. Saturday night’s $200,000 Jean Lafitte drew eight horses aspiring to pull ...
Patience certainly served trainer Christophe Clement well as it pertained to Tonalist, a multiple Grade 1 winner who is one of the main contenders for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Clement hopes that patience pays off down the road with Miss ...
Effinex, the winner of the Empire Classic Handicap for New York-breds last Saturday, could be headed to a graded stakes for his next start, according to Russell Cohen, who manages her mother’s Tri-Bone Stable.
Teen Pauline, a winner of three stakes to begin the year, makes her return from a seven-month layoff in Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Stakes, the closing-day feature at Belmont Park.
Longines, the Swiss luxury watchmaker that has long bought advertising on U.S. racing broadcasts, will be the title sponsor of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf and Breeders’ Cup Distaff under a sponsorship agreement the company signed this week, the ...
Choctaw Chuck’s odds figure to do a complete reversal Saturday when he runs in the $90,000 Gin Rummy Champ at Gulfstream Park West. He could start as the first or second choice one race after taking on the high-class No Nay Never as a 36-1 longshot in ...