Thursday, November 5, 2009

09 Breeder's Cup Selections

It's that time again! 2007 was a profitable Breeder's Cup for me; last year was not. So here's hoping tomorrow and Saturday will be good days. Below I'll choose three horses for each race and indicate others you might include on your tickets and the possible singles. Another thing to note is that Bob Baffert says this year's main track is playing more like dirt as compared to last year's, and he's been on a roll at Santa Anita this meet. (Correct winners are in bold)

Marathon: Mastery, Cloudy's Knight, Father Time. (I also think Black Astor has a shot if he gets loose on the lead, and Man of Iron is a scary face as well. Having said this, Mastery is a most probable single and the likely chalk.)

Juvenile Fillies Turf: Crapshoot race. The class of the field is Lillie Langtry, and I also like House of Grace, Rose Catherine, and Junia Tenzia. Hatheer might surprise us, and it could be foolish to ignore Smart Seattle. (nope, crapshoot as I said)

Juvenile Fillies: Not about to leave out Baffert's Always A Princess, but also like Beautician and Negligee. I also have to root for Jerry Hollendorfer's Blind Luck (hey, he's a Nocal trainer and my last name is Luck!) Connie and Michael might be in over her head, but on the other hand, she could be a monster. (nope)

Filly and Mare Turf: Forever Together, Pure Clan, Magical Fantasy, and Midday. Sorry, that's four.

Filly and Mare Sprint: Ventura is a most probable single. Informed Decision and Sara Louise ought to be hitting the board as well. Free Flying Soul has worked sizzling bullets over the track and will try to steal it, but she's probably outclassed. (Note: this was the superfecta if you boxed them, which I did.)

Ladies' Classic: Zenyatta would've been a single, but since she runs tomorrow in the Classic against the boys, this race becomes a bit of a crapshoot too. I like Careless Jewel, Music Note, and Rainbow View. Note that Life Is Sweet has been chasing Zenyatta.

I'll likely do rolling Pick 3's and stagger selections around a bit. Good luck!

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