Breeders’ Cup – The Selections

Twelve months of waiting and the 2011 Breeders’ Cup is finally here. It’s time for this blogger to put my (little) money where my (big) mouth is. The Breeders’ Cup provides my favorite pair of racing days of for two primary reasons. It’s racing’s year-end championships, and as a fan of many team sports, and someone who remembers the pre-BC era well, the idea of a culminating series of racing for our stars has always worked for me. The other big reason, of course, are all the wonderful betting opportunities we see at the Breeders’ Cup.

With that in mind, I offer not only my top selection in each race, but also the rest of key horses that I will use in my plethora of pick-3 and pick-4 tickets. Good luck to everyone!

Juvenile Sprint- Jake Mo (20-1) I have believed in the horse from Iowa with a funny way of moving from the beginning, and I think they found the perfect spot for him. Look for him to come rolling down the lane. Also Secret Circle (6-5)

Juvenile Filly Turf – Stopshoppinmaria (8-1) I love her turf breeding and I love the way she has looked moving over the grass. She has the talent to win this in her first try on turf. Also Somali Lemonade (3-1), Stephanie’s Kitten (12-1), & Pure Gossip (12-1)

Filly & Mare Sprint - Turbulent Descent (6-5) She is the class of the field and I believe 7 furlongs to be her best distance; clearly the one to beat. Also Switch (3-1) & Musical Romance (20-1)

Juvenile Fillies – Grace Hall (4-1) Gorgeous young lady will get a chance to prove her class on Friday; she’s my favorite in a wide open affair. Also Weemissfrankie (4-1), Candrea (6-1), Miss Netta (15-1) & Rocket Twentyone (20-1)

Filly & Mare Turf - Nahrain (7-2) She’s only three, and she’s only run four races, but I am absolutely enthralled with her potential. Her last race in France is definitely one to check out. Also Stacelita (2-1)


Ladies’ Classic – Royal Delta (5-2) I was debating whether to have her or one of my longshots as the top pick, but she got the nod because of how good she looks here at Churchill; it’s a wide open affair, but if she runs her best, she will be tough. Aalso Miss Match (10-1), Pachattack (12-1), It’s Tricky (5-1), Ultra Blend (8-1) & Plum Pretty (2-1)

Marathon - Birdrun (7-2) Let’s face it, the Marathon is a bit of a guessing game, but I loved this guy’s Brooklyn, and I see him on the lead as the field turns for home, and from there he could prove tough to get by. Also Eldaafer (10-1) & A.U. Miner (3-1)

Juvenile Turf - Fantastic Song (20-1) Live longshot alert! I loved his debut win at Saratoga, and then I think the last race only served to give him a little seasoning. Look for him to get a nice trip from the middle of the pack and explode as they enter the lane. Also Coalport (15-1), Lucky Chappy (10-1) & Finale (5-1)

Sprint - Jackson Bend (7-2) All he needs to do in my mind is run back to any of his last three efforts to run by the leaders early in the lane and prove too classy for this bunch. Also Force Freeze (10-1)


Turf Sprint - Havelock (9-2) Going with the horse with the best recent form –at least in turf sprints- to win this tough heat. He should sit a nice trip from mid-pack, before pouncing as they turn for home. Also Hoofit (15-1), Caracortado (4-1) & Chamberlain Bridge (5-1)

Dirt Mile - Wilburn (4-1) This is one horse who is improving at the right time, and with the expected blazing fractions set from the inside horses, look for him to pick up the pieces when the real running begins. Also Caleb’s Posse (5-1) & Trappe Shot (3-1)


Turf - Sea Moon (4-1) Much like Wilburn, this one is a late developing three-year-old who looks to be better than right now. He has plenty of competition from the other Europeans, but I like his chances to prove best at 12 furlongs. Also Sarafina (5-2)


Juvenile - Union Rags (2-1) Thought about singling the handsome son of Dixie Union, as I really can’t find a negative to him. Everything looks to be lining up for another Champagne winner taking the Juvenile. Also Drill (8-1) & Optimizer (15-1)

Mile - Byword (12-1) I must be crazy for picking against the mighty mare on her final career start, and I would love to see her do it, but I just have a hunch that this regally bred, and very consisten French horse is ready to run his best on this side of the Atlantic. Also Goldikova (7-5) & Mr. Commons (20-1)

Classic - Flat Out (6-1) I’ve been on the Flat Out bandwagon all year and see no reason to jump off now. The early pace and the classic distance should suit his running style and talents just fine, and he appears to be in the finest fettle of the year. Also Headache (30-1) & Ruler On Ice (30-1)



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track is playing fair so far
I hope so too, Garnet ... Good luck!
Brian; I really hope your predictions for the two Classics are bang on, because I'm betting a $100 double ob Royal Delta/Flat Out - my biggest bet of the weekend. I decided on that bet a while back. Good Luck.
Best two longshots Today!!! CD Race 8 #4 Miss Netta 15/1 // Saturday CD Race 7 #6 Irrefutable 12/1
@ruffian75: Forget about the bet I acted in haste in regards to your caustic comments about my thread. If Mike Repole decides to just watch and not bet MO down I'll get my 5/2 odds that I need to make any wager if not I'm just another spectator and will just enjoy the races and bet the others.
@ruffian-Since I'm not a licensed bookie I can't take your bet or I would. However if you would like to match the mount I'm betting on MO just show tell me your pick and photo copy your betting slip and if your horse finishes in front of Mo I'll reimburse you if not you reimburse me. "Money talks BS walks"
@ruffian75 Before you put your foot in your mouth please note the quotation marks if that's what your referring to if not, shut up!
Brian what has he not done to show his greatness? You got me interested in him. Hopefully he'll win one for America as we need a boost now with the eternal politicians out in mass promising everything but delivering nothing. Mike Repole for president if he runs MO as a 4yo.
icy, your prognostication is down right sickening. He hasn't bee two turns this year, but one, and he got spanked by Toby's Corner, who's not around anymore. People look for legends, but, I don't believe he is one. He'll be there for the majority of the race, and then, he'll spit the bit.
Benedict Zipse?
I didn't purposely spell your name wrong, must have been the finger of god or the hoof print of MO.
01/10/2011 "Uncle Mo is the most impressive young horse I have seen since Spectacular Bid came along in 1978. While Uncle Mo does not remind me of Spectacular Bid, he does remind me of Seattle Slew. After watching him battle on a fast pace and then romp down the stretch in the Champagne, I wrote that he is the closest thing to Slew I have seen in the last 34 years. Things can certainly go wrong between now and the finish line of the Belmont Stakes, but the truly great ones overcome adversity. I believe in Uncle Mo until he proves otherwise. Get ready America, this might be the horse we have all been waiting for." Brian Zipes. A Bendidict Arnold for out time
I think after all is said and done all people are going to be talking about is the MO show.
i agree with a lot of these picks, but flat out is going to finish off the board behind hdg, god, and so you think.
I'm with ya'll too I like To Honor and Serve in the Classic also Drosslmeyer I know he has the stamina. I'm all about some Bernardini's right now so I also like Alpha and Wilburn. I kind of wish Stay Thirsty would blow everyone away so he wouldn't be the "other" horse anymore.
Agree with 90 % of your selections. I think we're both going to have a huge weekend. Sea Moon,Grace Hall, Stop Shopping Maria, Flat Out. Love em all
Some of my bets for BC Championship Races..BC F&M Sprint - Great Hot and Tamarind Hall...BC Spring - Jackson Bend and Force Freeze...BC Turf Spring - Perfect Officer...BC Dirt Mile - Jersey Town and Caleb's Posse...BC Juv - Alpha and Drill...BC Mile - Turallure, Strong Suit and Compliance Officer...BC Classic - To Honor And Serve.
No mention of To Honor and Serve? He's my pick in the Classic, but I agree in the Dirt Mile, Wilburn all the way.

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