The Breeders Cup is a two-day meeting held at Santa Anita Park. Here, are our top tips and preview ahead of day one of The Breeders’ Cup.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf presented by Coolmore is the first Grade 1 on the card at Santa Anita Park. Run over one-mile, it welcomes fourteen runners to the field.
Aidan O’Brien trained Arizona is the ante-post favourite. Set to be ridden by stable jockey Ryan Moore, the two-year-old has previously won the six-furlong Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and placed in two seven-furlong Group 1’s. Although drawn wide, he is certainly one to watch.
Fort Myers is also set to represent the Ballydoyle stables. He was fourth behind Arizona in the Coventry Stakes and will be ridden by Wayne Lordan.
Decorated Invader is trained by Christophe Clement and has won on two of his previous three starts. The son of Declaration Of War won a maiden at Saratoga and the one-mile Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine. Irad Ortiz is set to do the steering. Certainly, one to keep an eye on.
Chad Brown-trained Structor is set to be ridden by Jose Ortiz. The son of Palace Malice has won on both starts, most recently winning the Grade 3 Pilgrim at Belmont but this is a big step up for the two-year-old, but may be one to watch at an each-way price.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies welcomes nine runners to the field. Open to fillies who are two years of age, the Grade 1 is set over one-mile and 110 yards (half a furlong).
Simon Callaghan-trained Donna Veloce makes her second start at Santa Anita Park under the guidance of Flavien Prat. The daughter of Uncle Mo won the Maiden Special Weight on her first outing at the same track.
Trainer Mark Casse holds two entries, Two Sixty and Perfect Alibi.
Two Sixty does not have quite as much experience, but the daughter of Uncaptured comes off the back of an impressive win at Gulfstream Park.
Perfect Alibi, on the other hand, is set to be steered by Irad Ortiz and has an impressive form of 12112 to date. The latest being where she finished second in the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland when second to Brad Cox-trained British Idiom who also runs in this Grade 1. It will be interesting to watch the two fillies go head-to-head again.
Selection: British Idiom
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
The one-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf welcomes fourteen runners to go to post. European trainers are well represented in this Group 1.
Roger Varian-trained Daahyeh was smart up to seven furlongs in Europe. The daughter of Bated Breath also has two Group wins to her name and finished second in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on her penultimate outing.
Albigna who is trained by Jessica Harrington is the first horse to represent the Kildare based trainer at the Breeders’ Cup and is set to be ridden by Shane Foley. On her last outing, she won the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp. She has a strong chance having proven herself so well in France.
Todd Pletcher-trained Sweet Melania was a neck second to Crystalle before winning 8.5 furlongs Grade 2 Jessamine at Keeneland by more than five lengths.
John Kimmel is represented by Crystalle, who was second to Selflessly in the Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont.
TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
The TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is run on the main dirt track at Santa Anita over a distance of one-mile and 110 yards. Eight runners go to post in the last Grade 1 of the day.
Bob Baffert’s Eight Rings is the one to watch in this Grade 1 contest. On his last outing, he won the American Pharoah Stakes and on return to the same dirt track, connections will be hopeful he can make it a double.
Dennis’ Moment who is trained by Dale Romans is another strong contender. Irad Ortiz is set to do the steering aboard the Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes winner.
Eddie Kenneally-trained Scabbard finished second to Dennis’ Moment at Churchill Downs last month. Mike Smith is booked to ride and it will certainly make for an interesting battle between the two.
Selection: Dennis’ Moment