When it comes to the Breeders Cup you either come in loaded
and ready rumble, or you have your one big horse in your one big race. This
year there are a couple connections ready to roll into the Breeders Cup with
guns a blazing. One of those is the infamous Bob Baffert
The King of California’s contingent consists of Coil,
Capital Account, The Factor, Game on Dude, Rolling Fog, Contested,
Executiveprivilege, and possibly even Fed Biz.
is one of the fastest horses in California and
will love the speed favoring strip and six furlong trip of the Breeders’ Cup
. This race also seems to be the target for both Capital Account
, however, Coil, having won at nine furlongs could easily be caught running
in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Should he run there Baffert would have quite the
strangle hold on the two predominantly male “sprints.”
Just because he’s stacked miles high in the speed department
with males don’t think he doesn’t have one heck of a leading lady that could
steal away in the Filly and Mare Sprint
romped in the grade one Acorn,
but got a little leg weary going longer in the Mother Goose. She was quick to
rebound off the poor performance with a smart win in the Test. That gives her
two very impressive grade one wins going a mile and under. With her speed and
her proven ability going seven furlongs, there is no doubt she’ll be one of the
favorites heading into this race.
Let’s take a look at Baffert’s play in the juvenile division…. again he holds two cannons.
, for the Juvenile Fillies
, is unbeaten in four starts. She doesn’t
win big but will get the job done every time without truly extending herself.
is coming off an impressive win in the Best Pal, where he beat
highly regarded Know More. In that race he made a jump from five and a half
furlongs to seven look like nothing. He is by the sprinter Posse, however, he
didn’t look like he was gassed to win the Best Pal, indicating he will be fine
with the added distance of the Juvenile
This leaves us with Fed Biz and Game on Dude. You remember
don’t you? Looked like a potential Derby monster before getting sidelined.
He returned in the El Cajon, where he showed some grit to beat Jimmy Creed,
after locking horns with that horse for virtually the entire race. Now he is
pointing towards the Indiana Derby. Should he win that it is almost a given he
will be pointed towards the Breeders Cup with eyes for the Dirt Mile
Game on Dude
is a name everyone recognizes. He is unbeaten
at Santa Anita
, and one of his two 10 furlong wins came at this very track. He
is the California heavyweight in the Classic
division and anyone coming to this
stud’s home track better be ready to deliver because The Dude will be on his
toes and always relishes a good dogfight.
So, as can be seen, even with such defections as Bodemeister
and Paynter, Baffert will not be coming into the 2012 Breeders Cup lacking in
top, solid horses. With the Breeders Cup being in his territory and being run
over conventional dirt, unlike the last two runnings that were held at Santa
Anita, there is no reason to believe that Baffert will not have a very, very
successful Breeders Cup.