Fort Larned is coming into the Classic off a win in the Homecoming Stakes at Churchill. He needed a good prep and he got one. Mucho Macho Man holds the biggest threat as he won the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita which happens to be home to the Breeder's Cup again this year. He would be my pick as we know he likes the surface last year he came a second by a neck to Fort Larned in the Classic. Then you have Game On Dude who is coming out of a romp in the TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Ron the Greek is a horse who comes through when a win is needed, don't count him out he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup by daylight.
Filly & Mare Sprint
Groupie Doll hasn't fired the way she used to do. She is coming into the race with a third in the TCA at Keenland and the owners have to pay the entry fee for that. Then you have Judy the Beauty coming off a win in the TCA and has the entry fee paid off. You also have Cluster Of Stars, Book Review, Dance to Bristol, and Executiveprivilege. My Pick would be Judy the Beauty.
The big mare Royal Delta is going for a hat trick in the Distaff. Well, she lost her last race (Beldame G1) to the three year old filly Princess Of Sylmar. If Ed Stanco and Todd Pletcher decide to run Princess Of Sylmar I think that she could beat Royal Delta. Now let's take a look at the west coast runners. Another three year old filly by the name of Beholder could be another threat to Royal Delta's chances. Beholder just won the Zenyatta Stakes beating Authenticity and Joyful Victory (Retired). Beholder's home track is Santa Anita. Santa Anita is the home of the Breeder's Cup for 2013. If Royal Delta can get an easy lead she will be though don't get me wrong but in her last start in the Beldame she was not fast enough out of the gate to grasp the lead.
Wise Dan is coming off a loss in the Shadwell Turf Mile. It was ran at a 1 1/16 (mile and one sixteenth) on the all weather. Silver Max at 4 year old colt beat Wise Dan in the Shadwell, and is going to the Breeder's Cup Mile. Silver Max will be a major threat to Wise Dan. Another threat that may not be as strong going into the race is Obviously he is coming into the race with a loss in the City Of Hope Mile. Another threat could be Jeranimo. The connections ran him on the poly in the Pacific Classic and then on dirt in the Awesome Again which the field was demolished by Mucho Macho Man. My pick would be Silver Max only because Dale Romans always has his horses ready for these big races and look what happend last year with Little Mike in the Turf.
Little Mike has found his old form and that old form includes a Breeders Cup win. Little Mike will be coming into the race on a win in the Joe Hirsch at Belmont going 1 1/2 (mile and one half). A "Big" competitor to Little Mike is Big Blue Kitten. Big Blue Kitten is going to be coming into the race with a second in the Joe Hirsch. Another big threat could be Point of Entry he isn't 100% in but he is training off a 5 month layoff. And one more could be The Fugue. The Fugue has done everything she has been asked for beating the boys and girls but can she handle the long trip and the special turf course at Santa Anita. But again i would think it would be either Little Mike or Point of Entry only because Shug & Dale know how to get their big horses ready for big races.
Mizdirection a filly in the sprint well this year I think she can get beat Points offthebench is my pick and last year's race wasn't as deep as this year's. Probables include Caracortado, Capo Bastone, Chips all in, and Boat Trip.
Trinniberg hasn't fired the same way since the Breeder's Cup last year. He was 2nd in the Smilie and a Breeders Cup champ should've romped in that race against that field. I think he has big competition ahead of him IF they pay the entry fee to get him into the race. Private Zone is my pick the way he held off Justin Phillip shown that he is a good horse. On the other hand a big threat to Trinniberg and Private Zone is Justin Phillip he is coming into the race with a second in the Vosburgh behind Private Zone.
~Written by Nicholas V.