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BetPTC.com – Breeders’ Cup Preview – Friday Day One

BetPTC.com / Breeders’ Cup Preview / Friday 11/1/19

by: Ed Meyer

Santa Anita

Race #5 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint – 4:12 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 – Four Wheel Drive / #7 – Kimari / #5 – Encoder

#9 Four Wheel Drive is a son of American Pharaoh and a perfect 2 for 2. Wesley Ward and Irad Ortiz team up as he’ll duke it out with stablemate Kimari and hang on at the wire. Ortiz wins 23% on the turf and his sire wins 21% with his turf runners. #7 Kimari comes from the Wesley Ward barn and closed strongly to beat the boys at Keeneland in the Indian Summer after getting bumped and circling the entire field. John Velasquez back in the saddle and this is a positive sign. #5 Encoder comes from the John Sadler barn with Flavien Prat in the saddle. Beaten favorite last out and cuts back in distance,  Prat wins with 23% of his turf mounts.

 

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Race #6 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf – 1-mile turf – 4:52 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #12 – Arizona / #14 – Hit the Road / #13 – Fort Myers

#12 Arizona comes from the yard of Aidan O’Brien with Ryan Moore in the irons. Last out faced Europe’s top sprinter in Pinatubo and gets added ground today. First Lasix and should relish the firm going. #14 Hit the Road is a son of More Than Ready for Dan Blacker and Flavien Prat. 1 for 1 at Santa Anita and exits a strong closing win in the Zuma Beach. 2 for 2 on turf and moving to Prat is a big plus. #13 Fort Myers is a son of War Front for Aidan O’Brien with Wayne Lordan getting the nod. The yard’s runners must be respected and they all do well in this race historically. Adds Lasix shipping in from Dundalk and shouldn’t be overlooked.

 

Race #7 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies – 5:32 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – British Idiom / #7 – Wicked Whisper / #6 – Bast

#4 British Idiom is a Brad Cox trainee with Javier Castellano in the saddle. They won the G-1 Alcibiades and it appeared to be the perfect prep. She is 2 for 2 and looks to stalk and pounce. #7 Wicked Whisper comes from the barn of Steve Asmussen with Joel Rosario going wire to wire off the G1 Frizette. She has the perfect breeding to carry her speed. Add in the sharp work and you have to look very closely. #6 Bast is a daughter of Uncle Mo for the Baffert barn winning 28% at the meet. She’s a stalking sort and has John Velasquez in the driver’s seat.

 

Race #8 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf – 6:12 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #9 – Albigna / #12 – Sweet Melina / #7 – Crystalle

#9 Albigna is a daughter of Zoffany (IRE) from the Harrington yard with Shane Foley aboard. Exits a Group 1 at Lonchamp and her dam Freedonia has 6 starters, 5 winners, and 5 turf winners to her credit. She should enjoy the firm footing today. #12 Sweet Melania is a daughter of American Pharaoh for Todd Pletcher and Jose Ortiz. 3rd off the layoff and exits an impressive win in the G2 Jessamine at Kee. She’ll be up close and Ortiz wins 20% with his early runners. #7 Crystalle comes from the John Kimmel barn with Joel Rosario. A daughter of Palace Malice who is stalking closer. Look for her rolling at the top of the lane in high gear.

 

Race #9 – The G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile – 1 1/16 – 7:03 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Scabbard / #1 – Dennis’ Moment / #6 – Eight Rings

#5 Scabbard is a son of More Than Ready for trainer Eddie Kenneally and Mike Smith. He was forced to steady last out and rallied strongly with a promising late kick. There is plenty of speed in here to set up a late runner from the back of the pack. Look for a square price. #1 Dennis’ Moment is a son of Tiznow for Dale Romans and Irad Ortiz. He is looking for 3 in a row and was impressive winning the G3 Iroquois. A versatile runner who could make this a big win for Team Romans. He’ll take a ton of money given all the hype.  #6 Eight Rings comes in for Bob Baffert and Johnny V. Impressive winner of the G1 American Pharoah and he’ll be winging it on the lead. If left alone he could be a handful turning for home.

 

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Race #8 – The G3 Tampa Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:50 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections /#4 – Qurbaan / #2 – Inspector Lynlee / #3 – Divisidero

#4 Qurbaan is a solid son of Speightstown who is 6 for 8 ITM on the grass. Kiaran McLaughlin is the trainer and Jersey Joe Bravo in the saddle. He is cutting back from 9f to 8.5 not racing in 56 days and is a stone cold closer. He is dropping down a class level and should be a major factor in this event. #2 Inspector Lynlee has the services of Jose Ortiz in the irons for Shug McGaughey. This son of Lemon Drop kid is 13 for 21 ITM on the sod and had an eventful trip in the G2 Ft Lauderdale last out. He is 1 for 1 at TBD and cuts back in distance from 9f. He’s been on the shelf for 56 days and been working a regular clip at Payson. Ortiz will come rolling late in the lane. #3 Divisidero has the services of Jevian Toledo in the saddle and exits the G2 Ft Lauderdale. Two back he ran an average effort in the BC Mile and comes back fresh and ready.

Race #11 – The G3 Sam Davis – 1 1/16- 5:25 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #8 – So Alive / #3 – Knicks Go / #7 – Five Star General

#8 So Alive is a son of Super Saver and has the services of Javier Castellano in the irons. Ever since he caught a fast track he looked like a new runner. Two of his of three races he was forced to negotiate traffic and looked a very versatile colt. Todd Pletcher sends out another runner for the “Todd Squad” and should get a perfect stalking trip from a rider who gets his picture taken at a 20% clip. #3 Knicks Go is a pure speedster under the guided hand of Albin Jimenez. Ben Colebrook is the trainer and after a beaten favorite effort in the G2 Ky. Jockey Gold Cup at CD he has been on the shelf looking for a top effort. His works at TBD have been promising and look for a gate to wire effort. #7 Five Star General is a speedy sort under Jose Ortiz. Ever since his races have been pulled from the turf he has racked up two in a row. Ortiz wins 19% with speed runners and should give an honest account.

Santa Anita

Race #5 – The G2 Las Virgenes – 1 mile – 4:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Bellafina / #2 – Enaya Alraab / #4 – Mother Mother

#3 Bellafina is a speedy filly by Quality Road. Flavien Prat has the call for Simon Callaghan and he is winning 25% at the meet. This is her second start of the year and can grab the lead or sit just off and keep an eye on the leader. She was a beaten favorite in the BC Fillies and looks to get everything tied down for 2019 campaign.  #2 Enaya Alraab is a daughter of Uncle Mo and appears to be coming into her own. Mike Smith gets the nod for Doug O’Neill and is rolling at a 32% win clip as a jockey this meet. She has the look of a perfect stalker who will mature like a fine wine.  #4  Mother Mother has Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle and gets blinkers back on today. Trainer Bob Baffert wins 21% on this equipment change and this daughter of Pioneer of the Nile has very dangerous speed.

Race #9 – The G2 San Marcos – 1 1/4 on turf – 6:30 pm EDT

BetPTC.com Selections / #3 – Chicago Style / #8 – Beach View / #6 – Sejo

#3 Chicago Style is a son of Kitten’s Joy with Drayden Van Dyke in the irons. He is 8 for4 ITM on the grass and gets added distance. Thom Proctor brings him to post and made a very game move last out. I’m looking for that to be a good sign of things to come for this deep closer. #8 Beach View is a son of Giant’s Causeway and has Rafaelo Bejarano in the driver’s seat. He is 6 for 8 ITM on the grass and two races back made a bold move at the top pick Chicago Style only to get blocked. I’m looking for a solid rematch as they swing for home. #6 Sejo has Flavien Prat in the saddle for John Sadler. They are getting first Lasix shipping over from Longchamp in France. He is 3 for 4 ITM on the greensward. Sadler is 35% ITM with runners coming to the states first out.