10/28/2013 5:31PM

Breeders' Cup Turf: Little Mike draws post 4 for repeat bid

Barbara D. Livingston
Little Mike, last year's Breeders' Cup Turf winner, drew post 4 for Saturday's renewal.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Little Mike and Point of Entry, the first two finishers in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf, drew post positions toward the middle of the gate Monday for Saturday’s $3 million BC Turf at Santa Anita.

Little Mike will break from post 4, while Point of Entry starts from post 8 in a field of 12. In 2012, Point of Entry broke from the rail, while Little Mike broke from post 7.

The BC Turf is run over 1 1/2 miles, starting at the midway point on Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course. With a long, sweeping turn before the field joins the main turf course, post positions do not have as much significance as they would in a shorter race, such as the BC Mile on turf.

Little Mike’s post will allow jockey Mike Smith to place him close to the front in the first few furlongs of the race. Trained by Dale Romans, Little Mike closed from third of 12 to win the 2012 BC Turf by a half-length over Point of Entry, who closed from ninth.
Several other leading contenders drew posts in the outside half of the gate.

The Fugue, a 4-year-old filly from England, starts from post 7. She is the only female in the field. Indy Point, a stakes winner at Santa Anita in September, starts from post 9.

[BREEDERS’ CUP 2013: Fields with DRF odds and comments]

Big Blue Kitten, a two-time Grade 1 winner in the summer, breaks from post 10, while Real Solution, who was promoted from second to first in the Arlington Million in August, breaks from the outside. Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution are owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Chad Brown.

Breeders’ Cup Turf

$3 million, 1 1/2 miles, turf, Grade 1

1. Vagabond Shoes (Ire) (J. Espinoza), 15-1

2. Teaks North (M. Garcia), 30-1

3. Twilight Eclipse (J. Leparoux), 20-1

4. Little Mike (M. Smith), 6-1

5. Skyring (L. Saez), 30-1

6. Tale of a Champion (J. Talamo), 30-1

7. The Fugue (GB) (W. Buick), 3-1

8. Point of Entry (J. Velazquez), 4-1

9. Indy Point (G. Stevens), 9-2

10. Big Blue Kitten (J. Bravo), 6-1

11. Magician (Ire) (R. Moore), 8-1

12. Real Solution (J. Castellano), 8-1

Post time: Saturday, 6:22 p.m. Eastern

Perl More than 1 year ago
Interesting race. How many times is Little Mike going to beat me and I'll let him beat me again even though it's clear he can go long and sit a good trip. The crowd will Make Point of Entry the favorite. This horse is all class and tough to go against. The Fugue is a nice mare and certainly wouldn't surprise. Big Blue Kitten deserves a long look. This is a good horse race.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Concerned about just works for POE. The Fugue casts a big shadow and love the finish on Big Blue Kitten. Put in Indy Point and there's my tri box. You will earn your money in all the turf races.
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Race screaming upset
Robert Brown More than 1 year ago
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Indy point, The Fugue, Real Solution
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
I love Indy Point Rahman. Its important to play horses proven over this course or horses that like really firm going.
Marc More than 1 year ago
Indy Point looks really good for this. I think he has a real good shot at breaking the track record Sat. I'm predicting he will clock a 2:20 or 2:21 & this easily.
EnthusiastOfAll More than 1 year ago
Those are my Top 3 as well Rahman, although I haven't decided in which order. I think Real Solution is being majorly overlooked here at 8-1. Now I have to decide how many more to use in the Pick 4....this might be the deepest race on the entire card, and would have been even better if Grandeur had entered; he would have been my pick.