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2013 Breeders’ Cup Championship Day 2 Picks and Preview
The second day of the Breeders’ Cup contains just about all the marquee races, the Juvenile, the BC Turf, and ending the day with the main event, the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Day 2 is filled with so much excitement and drama. Will Wise Dan repeat as Mile (Turf) Champion? Will Game On Dude redeem himself for last year’s poor performance, and win the Classic? What kind of races will the European horse run? Will Moreno’s trainer, Eric Guillot put on a Dez Bryant like tantrum, if his horse doesn’t win? Will the fan favorite, Paynter, in his last race, get all powered up, and win the Classic, and go out in a blaze of glory?
We shall see. In the meantime, like the blog that I wrote about the first day, I will do the same in this blog. I will give my readers the same link, so they can see who’s running, and I will go through the second day’s races, which are on November 2, 2013. I will also give my top 3 horses also. The only difference is that I will be starting with the Juvenile Fillies, and end with the Classic.
Here is the link again: http://www.drf.com/news/breeders-cup-2013-entries-odds
The Juvenile Fillies:
The Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles for a purse of $2,000,000 features up and coming 2YO fillies. I do my best to keep up with the 2YOs. I have seen several of these horses in this field. One thing though, I do think it is a crime that Rosie Napravnik, the fifth leading jockey in the country, who rides Untapable, only has ONE MOUNT on the Breeders’ Cup card, but that’s another story. Anyway, the horses that stand out to me are (after doing research) Untapable, and Sweet Reason., and Artemis Agrotera. That Frizette race was awesome. Sweet Reason broke poorly, but nearly beat Artemis Agrotera. Loved it.
Top 3 Picks: Sweet Reason, Untapable, Artemis Agrotera
Longshot/Upset Special: Concave
The Filly and Mare Turf
The Filly and Mare Turf at 1 1/4 miles for a purse of $2,000.000 features fillies and mares 3YO and up. This is turf race featuring the top turf fillies and mares. The star horse is Marketing Mix, sired by Medaglia D’Oro. She had a great year last year, but unfortunately, did not win the F &M Turf, which was won by Zagora.
However, Marketing Mix has had an up and down year in 2013. She got narrowly beat in the Rodeo Drive. Will she win this year’s edition of the F&M Turf? I love her a lot, but I am not sure. She is up against Laughing, who I also love. Laughing is no joke, pun intended. Laughing gets on that lead, and she does NOT give it up. She has been dominant. Beverly D winner Dank is on her game, as is Tiz Flirtatious.
Top 3 Picks: Laughing, Tiz Flirtatious, Marketing Mix
Longshot/Upset Special: Kitten’s Dumplings
The Filly and Mare Sprint
The Filly and Mare Sprint at 7 furlongs for a purse of $1,000,000, is for top female sprinters, 3YO and up. The horses who stand out in this race are Judy the Beauty and Groupie Doll. Groupie Doll was an amazing horse, with a huge following in 2012. She was winning left and right. She still has a huge following, but in 2013, and I can not put my finger on it, she is not the same horse. She lost to Judy the Beauty at Keeneland last time out. Judy the Beauty, on the other hand has been very consistent.
Top 3 Picks: Judy the Beauty, Groupie Doll, Sweet Lulu
Longshot/Upset Special: Summer Applause
The Turf Sprint
The Turf Sprint, at about 6 1/2 furlongs, for a purse of $1,000,000 is for middle distance sprinters, you could say. Honestly, what is it with all these sprint races? I guess it reflects the breeding style in the US. We breed for SPEED. Anyway, this race is for 3YOs and up. The horses that are the focus of this race are MizDirection, owned by sportscaster Jim Rome, and Unbridled’s Note.
MizDirection is coming off a layoff since June. She won this race coming off a longer layoff last year. I like her a lot, even though I am not a huge fan of her owner. This will be her final race, from my understanding. Unbridled’s Note was a close second last year. It is possible these two could finish one two again.
Top 3 Picks: MizDirection, Unbridled’s Note, Reneesgotzip
Longshot/Upset Special: Handsome Mike
The Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles for a purse of $2,000,000 is for upcoming 2YO males. Even though the Kentucky Derby is for BOTH sexes, the winner of this race is usually considered the favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Of course, with this new point system, which I HATE, that is not necessarily so. Anyway, the horses to look at here are the Champagne winner, Havana, the D.Wayne Lukas trained Strong Mandate, and the Bob Baffert trained Tap It Rich.
Strong Mandate was tearing it up at Saratoga this past summer. Unfortunately, in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont, he didn’t fire. That race was won by Havana, who held off a hard charging Honor Code, who skipped the BC to prepare for the Derby preps. Tap It Rich destroyed maidens over the Santa Anita track. Baffert doesn’t enter a horse that just ran against maidens, unless he thinks the horse has a shot.
Top 3 Picks: Strong Mandate, Tap It Rich, Havana
Longshot/Upset Special: We Miss Artie
The Turf at 1 1/2 miles for a purse of $3,000,000 is for both genders who are turf specialists. This is for the greats of the turf to shine. The horses who are the focus of this race are the Fugue, the wonderful filly from Great Britain, Little Mike, the defending champion, Point of Entry, who is coming off an injury, and Big Blue Kitten.
The Fugue had bad luck last time at this track. I think she has a better post, and could have a great race. I am not sure about Point of Entry, who is just coming back from injury, and not have a race in between. Big Blue Kitten, if he gets a good pace, could come up with it, and I don’t know which Little Mike will show up.
Top 3 Picks: The Fugue, Big Blue Kitten, Little Mike
Longshot/Upset Special: Tale of a Champion
The Sprint at 6 furlongs for a purse of $1,500,000 is for both genders, and for 3YOs and up. There are a few horses I like in here. I like Justin Philip, and Fast Bullet( both owned by Zayat Stables), and Gentleman’s Bet. Those horses stand out to me as the best horses in the race.
The defending champion, Trinneberg, and Secret Circle could also have a say in the outcome. The only thing that I am concerned about with Justin Philip is the post position. I hope his talent will overcome that terrible #1 post position.
Top 3 Picks: Justin Philip, Secret Circle, Fast Bullet
Longshot/Upset Special: The Lumber Guy
The Mile is run at a mile distance for a purse of $2,000,000. This is for both genders. 3YOs and up. For me, and for most, there is only one horse to discuss. His name is Wise Dan. He is the defending Horse of the Year, and defending Mile champion. Yes, at Keeneland, he got beaten by Silver Max (who’s no slouch either) in the Shadwell Mile on a polytrack track that was sloppy(race was taken off the turf). Throw that race out. Wise Dan should dominate here.
Top 3 Picks: Wise Dan, Silver Max, Olympic Glory
Longshot/Upset Special: He Be Fire N Ice
Well, here we are. We are finally at the last race of the day. The race everyone is waiting for, the Breeders’ Cup Classic. There are a few races within this race, and while this year’s field is one of the best in YEARS, at the same time it is a wide open one. Just about any of these horses could come up with the win. This race is run at a 1 1/4 for a $5,000,000 purse. The race is open to both genders, and it’s for 3YOs and up.
So much can happen. Fort Larned can repeat. Mucho Macho Man can turn the tables, and beat Fort Larned. Game On Dude can win, and if Wise Dan stubs his toe in the Mile(highly unlikely, but you never know), the Dude should be crowned Horse of the Year. Palace Malice and Will Take Charge are fighting for 3 Year Old honors. The brave hero Paynter could also take the race, and have a storybook ending in his final race, before going off to stud. Anything can happen in the Breeders’ Cup.
Top 3 Picks: Game On Dude, Paynter, Mucho Macho Man
Longshot/Upset Special: Declaration of War
Well, that is it. I hope you enjoyed the blog. Again, bet with your head, not over it.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan
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