Breeders’ Cup Friday: Expert picks

We asked some of our experts what they were looking for this Breeders’ Cup weekend, and here’s what they had to say about Friday.

Are there longshots to look for? Who are the best bets? Is there a multi-race wager they’re considering? How about an exacta?

Here’s what they have in mind:


Derby Bill has a lot he’s looking forward to on Friday of Breeders’ Cup weekend as the juveniles come out to play. Start with his Best Bet of the weekend: that’s Cave Rock, the Bob Baffert-trained 4-5 morning line favorite. Cave Rock is three-for-three in his young career, all as the favorite, and has never really been threatened. Derby Bill thinks that’ll continue.

His Longshot Play of the weekend also is Friday. That’s Reckoning Force, 20-1 on the morning line in the Juvenile Turf one race after the Juvenile. Trained by Brendan Walsh, Reckoning Force won a minor stake two back and had a troubled trip last out. He’ll get blinkers on today and will have Tyler Gaffalione in the irons.

Then there’s Cairo Consort in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, which is race eight. That’s neither a longshot nor a best bet but is one he’s really looking forward to seeing. She’s 12-1 on the morning line after a runner-up effort last out in the Grade 1 Natalma at Woodbine and will have Joel Rosario up for Nathan Squires.

JOE PARISI has a couple of plays aimed at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He’s looking to beat favored Cave Rock in that spot with #6 Blazing Sevens (6-1). This one is two-for-three in his career for trainer Chad Brown, including an easy win last out in the G1 Champagne, and if you toss a bad outing over a sloppy Saratoga surface looks like a major player here. Flavien Prat is named, and Joe’s looking to bet Blazing Sevens flat and over the favorite in an exacta.

NICK HAHN has a double he’s looking forward to starting in race seven, the Juvenile Fillies. This double is a special wager, combining this race with the ninth on Saturday, which is the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. He’ll go five-deep here with #2 You’re My Girl (10-1), #5 Wonder Wheel (5-1), #7 Chop Chop (4-1), #10 Chocolate Gelato (7-2), and #14 Raging Sea (8-1). In the Distaff, he’ll take #1 Malathaat (3-1) abd #6 Nest (9-5). So call it: Race 7, special double, 2, 5, 7, 10, 14 with 1, 6.

Not to be left out, GARY QUILL grabs a longshot in the Juvenile (race 9). That’s #8 Lost Ark (20-1), trained by Todd Pletcher. The Violence colt was a troubled sixth last out but prior to that had won two races, including the Sapling at Monmouth, by a combined 13 lengths. Luis Saez will ride.

Knicks Go
Knicks Go was a blur in winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Photo Scott Serio/Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM.