We asked our experts to handicap the Breeders’ Cup races. Here’s what they came up with:[table id=106 /]
- Cristina’s Journey – Any Given Saturday filly owns front-running scores sprinting and routing for Dale Romans.
- Conquest Eclipse — Twice Grade 1-placed, this late-running Malibu Moon filly will need to find a way to pass ’em all.
- Angela Renee — Pletcher trainee’s only stinker came on Saratoga slop, a defeat she cancelled with a solid G1 score over the strip.
Filly and Mare Turf
- Secret Gesture — British invader brings more near-miss credentials than wins but also enticing 6-1 morning line.
- Fiesolana — Irish G1 winner has done best running in the sprinter-miler divisions.
- Emollient — Versatile sort didn’t miss by much in this event a year ago and enters off G1 triumph.
Filly and Mare Sprint
- Sweet Reason — With a career-best Beyer at today’s 7 furlong distance, this middle-distance sort was more than flattered by Untapable’s Distaff win after that rival beat her by just a length in the Cotillion.
- Judy the Beauty — Near-miss second a year ago to star Groupie Doll, daughter of Ghostzapper has done everything right this year — except for that puzzling fourth in the Humana Distaff at Churchill.
- Artemis Agrotera — Sophomore has dazzled with three wins, two in graded company, over her elders this season.
- Home Run Kitten — Sophomore Kitten’s Joy colt owns all-important two wins — in two tries — over the quirky downhill turf, including G3 score, all at appetizing 12-1 a.m. price.
- Reneesgotzip — Two bites at this apple have gotten her a second and a third; three’s a charm?
- Ambitious Brew — Lightly raced four-year-old loves the trip, has never finished worse than second in eight tries — but must beat Home Run Kitten, who bested him last out.
- Carpe Diem — Seven-figure Giant’s Causeway colt will look to run his record to three wins in three tries after G1 win at Keeneland.
- Texas Red — If Beyers are to be believed, this guy sure jumped up when third in the G1 FrontRunner over the strip, earning a 93; winner that day, American Pharoah, is scratched.
- Upstart –A lot to like for NY-bred Flatter colt — but not that 13-post.
- Telescope — Irish-bred multiple G2 winner not at all undermined by two recent G1 placings and owns two wins at the trip.
- Main Sequence — Motion trainee three-for-three in US G1 events — but could not win a G3 abroad.
- Brown Panther — Five wins at the trip and a six-length score in the G1 Irish St. Leger say this guy fits, but was a late scratch from Canadian International after bolting and tossing his rider.
- Rich Tapestry — Irish-bred, Hong Kong-based runner overcame Goldencents to win G1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, and that one came back to win Dirt Mile on Friday card. Four wins and a second at the trip.
- Secret Circle — Defending champ has just two starts since — a second and a third, the latter behind Rich Tapestry — and the question here is whether he’s still capable of best effort.
- Indianapolis — Sophomore has done nothing wrong in his three starts — all wins, but none against graded rivals. Is that sufficient foundation?
- Toronado — Multiple G1 winner in Britain is evidently not your father’s Oldsmobile, earns the top spot from all four ‘cappers.
- Anodin — Irish-bred G3 winner is three times G1-placed, once behind Toronado..
- Seek Again — Mott trainee may not be at quite the level of the very best here but has shown enough to warrant a look.
- Shared Belief — Sophomore was not flattered by no-account effort of Fed Biz in the Dirt Mile after that runner extended him in Awesome Again. But until somebody beats him, he’s hard to overlook.
- Tonalist — Belmont winner found winning touch again in accident-marred Jockey Club Gold Cup — but his three best efforts all came at Belmont.
- Zivo — Still-improving NY-bred owns a win and a second at this trip but will have to overcome Tonalist, who’s younger and bested him in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.