In other Breeders' Cup races on Day 2, it was a day of both favorites and longshots winning!
Favorites finished: (3) - Win, (2) - 2nd, (0) 3rd, (1) 4th and (3) out-of-the-money!
Winners paid: $3.20 - $33.80 - $22.00 - $17.60 - $5.20 - $11.80 - $11.40 - $14.80 and $3.40!
It was truly a great day/weekend for horse players!
It was NOT a great weekend for the European shippers as they were ONLY able to win (2) Turf Divisions - the Turf with Found (Ire) and the Juvenile Turf with Hit It a Bomb!
They did did however have (4) runner ups and (3) 3rd place finishers.
The final scorecard in Turf events reads U.S. - (4) Europe - (2).
trainer Mark Casse who won his
first Breeders' Cup Championship on Friday with Catch a Glimpse (6.5-1) in
the Juvenile Fillies Turf and then on Saturday win his 2nd with Tepin (5-1) in the Mile.
On the 12 race card on Day 2 we had (3) winners on Top and (5) winners in our Top 4 selections.
We hit (8) Exactas in the (12) races along with (4) Trifecta and (3) Superfectas, (6) Daily Doubles, (3) Pick3 and (1) Pick 4!
The $2 Exacta(s) were in R2 ($31), R3 ($13), R4 ($243), R6 ($51), R7 ($24), R8 ($174), R10 ($42) and R11 ($76).
$1 Trifecta hits were in R2 ($70), R3 ($60), R8 ($538) and R10 ($100).
Our $1 Superfecta hits were in R2 ($242), R3 ($195) and R12 ($2,460).
The $1 Daily Doubles were in R3 ($5), R9 ($45), R8 ($20), R10 ($83), R11 ($23) and R12 ($46).
50 Cent Pick 3s won were R9 ($66), R10 ($190) and R11 ($113).
50 Cent Pick 4 hit in R11 ($765),
Total Won - $4,902
Day Total Won - $12,875
Cup - Day 1
Stopchargingmaria prevails in the Breeders' Cup Distaff over Stellar Wind by a neck!
She then had to withstand a stewards' inquiry and objection after the race. She drifted out slightly to brush up against Stellar Wind but it was ruled that there was no foul.
Stopchargingmaria had not raced since running 4th in the Personal Ensign at Saratogar on Aug. 29. Trainer Todd Pletcher said the key was not running her back after that race and give her some time off. Well it worked to perfection!
win gave Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano their second win of the
day as they also won on Liam's Mar in the Dirt Mile. Pletcher now has
won (9) Breeders' Cup Championships.
There was a record BC Friday crowd of 44,947 on hand to witness the Pletcher / Castellano victories.
In the Dirt Mile, odds-on favorite Liam's Map won as the lowest paying favorite to have ever won this race!
did not get off to a good start as he was pinched back at the start. He
then found himself racing in 4th on the inside behind the front
Liam's Map is usally on the front winning in wire-to-wire fashion. But not today!
When Lea took the lead at the 3/4 pole, Liam's Map was stuck in 5th and looked like he was in trouble. Not to fear, the favorite was able to find a way out and path to get by the front runners. He caught and passed the runner up Lea and pulled away to win by 2 1/2 lengths!
The scare was over for everyone who singled Liam's Map on their Pick 4 and Pick 6 tickets! Liam's Map paid $3.00 - $2.40 - $2.10 for the Win, Place and Show.
This was Laim's Map final race and will be retired and sent to the breeding barn!
In the other two Divisions, Catch a Glimpse won the Juvenile Fillies Turf for trainer Mark Casse. Catch a Glimpse went off at 6-1 odds as the 4th favorite in the field.
Hit It a Bomb won the Juvenile Turf
Division for European trainer Adian O'Brien. He was the 3rd favorite at
The European imports had a decent day in the 2 Turf Divisions on Day 1 getting 1 win, 2 seconds and 2 thirds. The bigger Turf events are on Saturday and that is where their BEST Turf runners show up!
In the 4 Breeders' Cup
Divisions on Day 1, the Favorites won 1 and ran second in 2.
off to a fast start with our Picks beginning in race1.
Of the 10 races card on Day 1 we cashed in on the first 6. Our selections had (7) winners in our Top 4 selections with (2) of them being our Top choice.
We hit (7) Exactas in the (10) races along with (2) Trifecta and (2) Superfectas, (7) Daily Doubles and (6) Pick 3s!
The $2 Exacta(s) were in R1 ($125), R3 ($184), R4 ($148), R5 ($38), R6 ($83), R8 ($81) and R10 ($75).
$1 Trifecta hits were in R3 ($664) and R4 ($646).
Our $1 Superfecta hits were in R1 ($430) and R3 ($1,850).
$1 Daily Doubles were in R2 ($22), R3 ($92), R4 ($342), R5 ($113), R6 ($54), R7 ($14) and R8 ($9).
50 CENT Pick 3(s) were R3 ($278), R4 ($1,199), R5 ($879), R6 ($548), R7 ($41) and R8 ($58),
Total Won - $7,973
The 31st Breeders' Cup
World Championship Horse Racing
Santa Anita Park Oct. 31 - Nov. 1
Bayern Holds Off Toast of New York in the Classic!
Bayern survives the challenge of Toast of New York by a neck and the track stewards in the! $5 Million Breeders' Cup Classic!
At 6-1 odds, the front running Bayern was able to take advantage of the track speed bias on Saturday to prevail in the biggest horse race in the U.S. and give trainer Bob Baffert his first Breeders' Cup Classic win!
After holding off his main competition of Toast of New York and California Chrome, he had to survive a stewards inquiry to the start of the race where he came over on the race favorite Shared Belief!
The stewards decided not to take him down because it was at the start of the race coming from the gate. Of course the connections of the undefeated Shared Belief did not agree with their decision as Shared Belief could do no better than finish 4th.
Jockey Mike Smith said that start cost
him all chances of winning the race.
There has been a lot of discussion that the stewards made the wrong decision. Even though I had Toast of New York (18-1) to win the race, I do agree with their decision!
It was the year of 3-year olds against older horses as they finished 1st - 6th.
Click here to see the Complete Breeders' Cup Race Results and Payoffs and Video Replays......
In other Breeders' Cup races on Day 2, it was a day of longshots as only (1) Favorite was able to win!
Favorites finished: (1) - Win, (2) - 2nd, (2) 4th and (4) out-of-the-money!
Winners paid: $125.40 - $13.00 - $8.20 - $16.40 - $29.80 - $14.40 - $40.20 - $62.00 and $14.20!
It was truly a great day for horse players!
It was also a very good weekend for East Coast trainer Chad Brown who won 3 of the Turf Divisions. He won the Filly & Mare Turf as well as having the runner-up horse. He also had the winners in the Turf Sprint and Juvenile Fillies Turf divisions!
It was NOT a good weekend for the European shippers as they were ONLY able to win (1) Division - the Turf with Karakonite (JPN)!
They took down the first (3) positions which paid a nice $5,010 for a $1 wager.
was definitely a speed bias on Saturday that I feel was a result of the
track being sealed in the early morning because of the rain gotten the
night before and even on the morning of.
It started with the first (3) races on the undercard being won on the front end and then the first Breeders' Cup race, Juvenile Fillies, being won wire-to-wire by 62-1 Take Charge Brandi trained by D. Wayne Lukas!
The Sprint Division was also won by a horse on the front end as the top (3) finishers were racing on the front end - only the 4th place horse was able to close from the back of the pack.
Then in the Classic the winner Bayern was able to hold on going wire-to-wire. The 2nd and 3rd place runners were all racing on the front end the entire race with the 5th place runner being the only horse that could close ground from the back of the pack!
The Juvenile Division was the ONLY Dirt race where the winner came from the back of the field. Texas Red came from dead last in (11) horse field to win going away by 6 1/2 lengths!
In the Classic we had Toast of New York (18-1) as our
TOP selection to win the $5 Million race! He only lost by a nose and
almost got the win with a stewards inquiry!
Of the 12 race card Day 2 race 1 and 3 were taken off the Turf because of unexpected rain the previous night and most of our selections were scratched. In the remaining (10) races we had (4) winners in our Top 4 selections.
We hit (6) Exactas in the (10) races along with (3) Trifecta and (3) Superfectas and (1) Daily Double!
The Exacta(s) were in R2 ($8.20), R6 ($136.00), R8 ($100.60), R9 ($64.80), R10 ($245.40) and R12 ($249.90).
Trifecta hits were in R2 ($7.80), R10 ($1,064.70) and R12 ($1,043.60).
Our $1 Superfecta hits were in R2 ($74.80), R10 ($19,848.60) and R12 ($3,817.40).
We hit the Daily Double in R10 ($272.20),
Total Won - $26,934
Our Longshot recommendations won in R9 ($14.40) and R10 ($40.20) and came in second in R4 ($7.20), R6 ($16.40) and R12 ($18.00) for the Place payout!
Cup - Day 1
Untapable prevails in the Breeders' Cup Distaff over Don't Tell Sophia and Iotapa.
As the 8/5 favorite she was facing older horses for the first time. That proved to be no problem as she won her 4th Grade 1 race this year!
She will easily win the 3-year old Filly of the year award and depending on the outcome of the Classic on Saturday, horse of the year!
After the race jockey Rosie Napravnik announced her retirement starting Monday as she is pregnant. Rosie is one of the best jocks riding today and a horse racing fan's favorite! She will be missed.
In the Dirt Mile, Goldecents won back-to-back editions and became the first favorite to win this Division as well as the first repeat winner!
He was sent off as the 3-5 favorite and won again in wire-to-wire fashion. He won by 1 1/4 lengths, holding off the late closing Tapiture, ridden by Rosie, with Pants on Fire holdin on for third.
This was Goldencents last race as he too is retiring and will be heading to the breeding barn!
In the other two Divisions, Hootenanny won the Juvenile Turf for trainer Wesley Ward. Hootenanny went off at 6-1 odds as the 3rd favorite in the field.
The second place horse, Luck of the Kitten is also trained by Ward.
Lady Eli won the Juvenile Fillies Turf
Division for trainer Chad Brown. She was also the post time favorite at
The European imports did not have a good day the Turf Division on Day 1 but the bigger events are on Saturday and that is their top runners will show up!
In the 4 Breeders' Cup Divisions on Day 1, the Favorite won 3 of them ... look for that to change on Day 2!
In the Distaff we had Untapable as an easy
TOP selection to win the $2 Million race and become the 3-year old Filly Champion of the year!
With the outcome of the Classic, she will also be in the running for
Horse of the Year!
Of the 10 race card on Day 2 we had an O.K. day with our selections as we had (7) winners in our Top 4 selections with (2) of them being our Top choice.
We hit (4) Exactas in the (10) races along with (1) Trifecta and (3) Superfectas, (3) Daily Doubles and (2) Pick 3s!
The Exacta(s) were in R2 ($27.40), R5 ($52.60), R8 ($35.00) and R9 ($27.00).
Trifecta hit was in R8 ($65.90).
Our $1 Superfecta hits were in R3 ($1,127.40), R7 ($328.90) and R9 ($607.70).
The Daily Doubles were in R3 ($19.40), R8 ($9.80) and R9 ($19.80).
$1 Pick 3(s) were R9 ($22.40) and R10 ($49.60),
Total Won - $2,392.90
The 30th Breeders' Cup
World Championship Horse Racing
Anita Park Nov. 1 - 2
|6||Mucho Macho Man||G. Stevens||$10.00||$4.60||$3.60|
|10||Will Take Charge||L. Saez||$7.20||$4.80|
|5||Declaration of War||J. O'Brien||$4.80|
|$2.00 Exacta (6-10)||$73.00|
|$2.00 Trifecta (6-10-5)||$608.80|
|$2.00 Superfecta (6-10-5-7)||$3,832.40|
Day 2 was a day of repeat winners as Groupie Doll won the Filly & Mare Sprint, Mizdirection wins Turf Sprint again and our Best Bet, Wise Dan won the Mile just as he did last year.
The (9) Championship races on Day 2 resulted in (5) favorites winning along with (1) 2nd favorite winning and there were (3) favorites that ran 2nd!
The $2 Ultra Pick 6 ONLY paid $47,516 (we ALL should have cashed-in on it - but we didn't)!
The Euro shippers ran well in the Turf events with the exception of the Mile which is owned by Wise Dan and the Sprint.
50 year old jockey Gary Stevens performed the difficult task of winning both the Distaff and Classic with Beholder and Mucho Macho Man!
Jockey Mike Smith continued to add to his leading total of Breeders' Cup Championships win with (3) more making his total 20.
Congratulations to the Santa Anita grounds crew as they were finally able to eliminate the early speed track bias that was evident on Day 1 and on BOTH days last year!
It was great to see the redemption of Bob Baffert on his home track in Breeders' Cup races as he was able to win the Juvenile with New Year's Day and the Sprint with Secret Circle. Last year Baffert got shut out with ALL (9) of his starters!
The bad news for Baffert was the breakdown of Secret Compass in the Juvenile Fillies and the sending of jockey John Velazquez to the hospital.
Not only did Baffert redeem himself this year but also the West Coast trainers in general did as they were outperformed last year by the East Coast and Mid-West trainers.
In Our Picks for the 12 race card on Day 2 we had (10) winners in our Top 4 selections with (4) on top including Mucho Macho Man.
We hit (10) Exactas in the (12) races along with (3) Trifecta and (3) Superfectas as well as (5) Daily Doubles and (3) Pick 3!
The Exacta(s) were in R1 ($53.20), R2 ($19.00), R3 ($53.00), R5 ($23.20), R6 ($58.00), R7 ($19.40), R8 ($107.80), R9 ($73.40) and R11 ($33.60).
Trifecta hits were in R1 ($151.00), R5 ($103.00) and R9 ($316.90).
Our Superfecta hits were in R1 ($433.80), R5 ($950.30) and R9 ($1,450.30).
Daily Doubles paid R6 ($19.40), R7 ($42.60), R8 ($116.00), R11 ($12.60) and R12 ($19.20).
Pick 3s paid R7 ($49.60), R8 ($278.30) and R12 ($37.80).
Day 2 Total Won: $4,421.40.
For the 3rd consecutive year, the Breeders' Cup Championship races will return to Santa Anita Park which will mark the first time the races have been held at the same track in (3) straight years!
Breeders' Cup Day 1 - Beholder Crushes Field in the Distaff!
Beholder denies Royal Delta her 3-peat in the Distaff. Princess of Sylmar finished last!
NO favorite won a Breeders' Cup race on day 1 and ONLY 1 second favorite won a race!
The Europeans won BOTH Turf races on Day 1.
A French import, London Bridge, won the Breeders' Cup Marathon with Mike Smith aboard.
Smith won 2 Championship races increasing his lead as the winningest jockey in Breeders' Cup history.
Goldencents took advantage of the track bias going gate-to-wire in the Dirt Mile as the second favorite.
Again, there was a definite dirt track bias favoring early speed. After the same occurring last year it is just unbelievable that the groundskeeper at Santa Anita Park could not eliminate the dirt surface bias to make the track play evenly for all type of runners!
The word is that trainers were complaining today and we may see a change in the bias for Day 2 tomorrow. Lets hope!!
The average payoffs for the Breeders' Cup races on Day 1 were: Win - $13.40 Exacta - $102 Trifecta - $777 Superfecta - $934 and 50 Cent pick 3 - $489.
The Undercard races had big UPSETS resulting in average payouts of: Win - $40.77 Exacta - $434 Trifecta - $1,065 Superfecta - $9,760.
Early Pick 4 paid $29,725 with the Late Pick 4 paying $403.
The Pick 6 paid $106,839.
There is a BIG Carryover of $891,813 into Day 2's Pick 5 Pool!
In Our Picks for the 11 race card on Day 1 we struggled with all of the upsets having only (2) winners in our Top 4 selections HOWEVER our wagering strategy allowed us to cash-in on (6) Exactas!
The Exacta(s) were in R2 ($524.80), R4 ($84.60), R5 ($74.00), R7 ($46.20), R8 ($69.80) and R10 ($42.60).
Our Longshot selection in R4 won and paid a nice $18.00.
Day1 Total Won: $842
Two Day Total Won: $5,263.40
The 29th Breeders' Cup is in the History Books!
The UPSETS continued on Day 2 as ONLY 3 favorites won in the (9) Championship races!
They were Groupie Doll in the Filly & Mare Sprint, Shanghai Bobby in the Juvenile and Wise Dan in the Mile.
The other post time favorites ran 2nd, 6th, 2nd, 2nd, 8th and 7th ...
The non-favorite winners paid $20.60, $32.60, $15.80, $36.60, $29.40 and $20.80 ......
The Pick 6 on Friday paid $419,245
The 50 Cent Pick 4 paid $1,757 and $5,647.
The 50 CENT Pick 5 paid $1,275!
In Our Picks for the 12 race card on Day 2 we had (7) winners in our Top 4 selections with (2) on top.
We hit (8) Exactas in the (12) races along with (5) Trifecta and (3) Superfectas along with (3) Daily Doubles and (1) Pick 3!
The Exacta(s) were in R1 ($37.80), R2 ($66.40), R3 ($43.80), R4 ($125.60), R5 ($12.00), R7 ($80.20), R11 ($54.60) and R12 ($125.50).
Trifecta hits were in R1 ($77.10), R3 ($75.00), R4 ($553.10) and R7 ($360.50).
Our Superfecta hits were in R3 ($186.70), R5 ($500.70) and R7 ($1,862.20).
Day 2 Total Won: $4,161.20
Fort Larned was impressive in his wire-to-wire win in the $5 Million Classic as the home track post-time favorite Game On Dude did not fire and finished 7th
The Santa Anita track had a speed bias over the weekend. If you were a good front runner you were able to carry your speed to the finish. Closer had a difficult time reeling in the front runners as in most of the races the best they could do was 3rd or 4th. The exception being Capo Bastone in the Juvenile!.
The UNDEFEATED Shanghai Bobby kept his record perfect in winning the Juvenile racing 1st or 2nd around the track. Ridden by Rosie Napravnik and trained by Todd Pletcher, Shanghai Bobby is the early 2013 Kentucky Derby favorite!
Surprises on Day 2 were how well Little Mike ran in winning the Turf and how poorly Game On Dude ran in the Classic.
I was not surprised how well the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom ran in the Mile to finish 2nd at 10-1 odds behind Wise Dan. Trainer Motion has done a great job bring him back from the sidelines. Prior to the Breeders' Cup he had ONLY 1 race in 259 days!
The other big surprise over the weekend was how West coast super trainer Bob Baffert did not win a race with his 9 starters!
In the (4) Turf races
the Americans won (3)
with the Europeans only able to win (1).
There were UPSETS everywhere as ONLY 1 favorite won in the (6) Championship races!
Prices were $32.80 - $36.40 - $24.80 - $9.80 - $9.20 - $5.40.
Favorites ran 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 2nd, 3rd and 1st!
Day 2 promises even more UPSETS and bigger payouts!
The Pick 6 on Friday paid $773,865
The 50 Cent Pick 4 paid $885 and $472.
The 50 CENT Pick 5 paid
In Our Picks for the 10 race card on Day 1 we had (5) winners in our Top 4 selections with (2) on top.
We hit (5) Exactas in the (10) races along with (1) Trifecta and (2) Superfectas including the race 3 Daily Double.!
Royal Delta wins back-to-back Breeders' Cup Ladies Division in front running style! She made it look easy right from the start as she fired out of the gate and took the lead and never looked back.
She also gave her jockey Mike Smith has record setting 16th win in the Breeders' Cup Championship races.
Veteran jockey Aaron Gryder got his first ever win in a Breeders' Cup Championship race in the Marathon with the Argentine Calidoscopio!
the (2) Turf races the Americans and the Europeans each won 1. There
are (4) more Turf races on Saturday's Championship card. Will the
Europeans prevail or will the American runners defend their home turd?
Horse Racing's Biggest Weekend Gave Us.....
Big Upsets and
Day 2 Upsets Were:
Marathon - Afleet Again - $85.20 Juvenile Turf - Weote (IRE) - $25.20
TVG Mile - Court Vision - $131.60 Classic - Drosselmeyer - $31.60
The super Mare Goldikova (IRE) was not able to win her 4th Mile as Court Vision gave us the 2nd highest longshot to win a Breeders' Cup Championship race.
The Euro invaders did manage to win (2) of the turf races, but that was it. They did not run well in any of the dirt races they had runners in!
Trainer Mill Mott had a great weekend as he was able to win BOTH Classics. The Ladies Classic with Royal Delta and the $5 Million Classic with Drosselmeyer!
Mike also rode Drosselmeyer to his 2010 Belmont Stakes win which gave Bill Mott his first Triple Crown Series race winner.
It was NOT a good day for the girls as Goldikova did not repeat in the Turf, Havre de Grace did not win the Classic against the boys and jockey Chantal Sutherland could not hold off her ex Mike Smith as he and Drosselmeyer beat her and Game On Dude in the Classic!!
$2 Wagers averaged for Win $38.38, the Exacta $514, Trifecta $3,720 and the Superfecta averaged $27,511 for the 9 Breeders' Cup races on Day 2.
The Ultra Pick 6 paid $95,070 for having 5 of the 6 winners as no one had ALL 6 winners!
The Europeans won (2) races with Wrote (IRE) in the Juvenile Turf and St. Nichols Abbey (IRE) in the Turf. For the second year in a row, they did not fare as well at Churchill Downs as they did the previous 2 years at Santa Anita! (next year they will be back at Santa Anita)
Our Day 2 selections had (7) Winners in our top 4 selections with (2) on top, R2 ($6.60) and R6 ($6.60), we hit (4) Exactas R1 ($9.20), R2 ($17.00), R8 ($76.20) and R9 ($46.20) along with (4) Trifectas R1 ($32.20), R2 ($77.10), R6 ($771.00) and R9 ($111.80). We cashed in (2) Superfectas R1 ($112.50) and R2 ($411.20).
We also won (4) Daily Double wagers R2 ($17.00), R6 ($83.20), R7 ($65.40) and R9 ($165.60) along with (2) Pick 3 wagers in R7 ($315.00) and R8 ($264.30).
Day 2 Total Won: $2,574.70
Day 1 upsets were:
Filly & Mare Sprint - Misical Romance - $42.00 Filly & Mare Turf - Perfect Shirl - $57.60!
The Euro invaders struckout on Day 1 with ZERO Wins! They did manage to get (2) 2nd, (1) 3rd and (1) 4th.
There were 3 winning Favorites in the 6 Championship races!
There was rain at Churchill Downs for Day 1 of the Breeders' Cup and the main track was rated from muddy to good. The Turf course was rated good.
Muddy and Wet/Good
rated dirt tracks tend to produce a fair amount of favorites winning.
The average $2 wager paid for Win ticket $21.60, Exacta paid $115, Trifecta paid $1,570 and the Superfecta averaged $16,011 or $801 for a 10 Cent ticket!!
The off-track surface did affect our selections for the day.
our Day 1 Picks we hit (6 of 10) Exactas in Race 2 ($45.80), Race 3
($45.40), Race 4 ($49.00), Race 5 ($28.00), Race 8 ($24.80) and Race 10
the Ladies Classic ($32.00). We had (2) Winners on top and another (3)
in our top 4 selections.
Our Best Longshot won in Race 4 ($13.20) and our Best Bet Won in R5 ($2.80).
We also cashed in (1) Trifecta in R1 ($322.10) and (2) Superfectas in R2 ($323.40) and R4 ($987.50).
Day 1 Total Won: $1,858.00
Two Day Total Won: $4,432.70
The Ultra Pick 6 paid $444,571 for having ALL 6 of the winners!
Blame the Winner .... Holds Off Zenyatta ...
Record comes to an End!
It was an unbelievable race as Zenyatta comes from 20 lengths behind with her patented late closing run, picking off runners one after another as she turned for home and came down the stretch with her majestic stride showing the determination of an undefeated horse who just refuses to loose, but runs out of ground coming up a nose short at the wire for the first time in 20 career races!
Blame proved how important it is to have had previous success over the local strip as he had raced 4 times getting 3 wins and a 3rd. Zenyatta had never raced over the Churchill track.
Fly Down the 3rd place finisher also had experience over the track as he won in his only attempt at Churchill.
Jockey Mike Smith displayed his professionalism as he took all of the blame himself for Zenyatta's lost. He said that he could have done a better job at the start of the race by not letting her get so far behind the field. He felt so bad about her lost that he cried during the press conference.
Mike had a lot of pressure on his shoulders riding an undefeated horse in her last career race and the entire racing world watching and hoping for Zenyatta to remain undefeated and retire with with a history making career of 20-0! It was not Mike's fault that she lost. It was just horse racing!!
We did get to see Breeders' Cup history being made when Goldikova (IRE) won the BC Mile for the 3rd time. She became the ONLY horse to win 3 Breeders' Cup races!
She did it by beating the best male Mile Turfer(s) the World has to offer!
This year's race might have been the best she has faced in those 3 years and she won by her largest margin in the 3 years! She is the best Mare the Europeans have racing now.
She got a perfect ride again just like she did last year also winning from an outside post!
Her owners have decided to keep the 5-year old in training and attempt a 4-peat next year!
In the (8) Breeders' Cup races on Saturday ONLY (2) Favorites won!
They were Uncle Mo in the Juvenile and Goldikova (IRE) in the Mile. One favorite ran 2nd (Zenyatta) and another finished 3rd (Behkabad (FR)).
This resulted in some nice average payouts for the day.
The $2 Win averaged $20.45, the Exacta $192.63, Trifecta $1,650.50 and the Superfecta averaged $8,512.84 for a $1 wager.
The Ultra Pick 6 paid a remarkable $800, 160 and that is with 2 of the 6 races being favorites that won! There were only 5 winners of the Pick 6!
The biggest UPSET of the day was Dakota Phone winning the Dirt Mile and paying $77.40.
The Europeans won (2) races with Goldikova (IRE) in the Mile and Dangerous Midge in the Turf. They did not fare as well at Churchill Downs as they did the last 2 years at Santa Anita!
Our Day 2 selections hit (5) Exactas and 9 of the 8 Breeders' Cup races. They were Race 2 ($81.60, 2-times), Race 4 ($72.00), Race 7 ($17.80, 2-times), Race 8 ($18.20) and Race 11 ($33.20).
We also won the Trifecta and Daily Double along with the Exacta in the 8th Race with our Best Bet on the card with Goldikova (IRE).
Our other Best Bet for the day was in Race 2 with Rapport who finished 2nd and paid $81.60 for the Exacta and $5.20 to place.
Day 2 Total Won: $2,228
Breeders' Cup Day 1
..... and there were lots of surprises ...... ONLY 1 Favorite Won in the 6 Championship races!
The average Win ticket paid $32.17 for a $2 ticket. The average $2 Exacta paid $188, $1 Trifecta paid $955 and the $1 Superfecta averaged $7,339 or $734 for a 10 Cent ticket!!
The Biggest upset of the day was in the Filly & Mare Turf race where the favorite Midday was seeking a repeat victory. She could not catch the 46-1 shot Shared Account as she won and paid $94.00 for a $2 Win ticket.
Her win created a gigantic Pick 6
carryover of $817,642. Look for Saturday's Ultra Pick 6 Pool to go over
Another shocker of the day was how the Europeans did NOT win any race including the Turf races where they almost always have the advantage. But not today. The American horses proved much the better where it counts the most. In the winners circle!!
Also the horses that have been doing best on the synthetic tracks did not do well at the Churchill strip. Horses that had run well at Churchill in the past did well today. Keep that in mind tomorrow when you are handicapping the races!
In our Day 1 Picks we hit (6) Exactas including 4 of the 6 Breeders' Cup races. They were in Race 2 ($32), Race 4 ($16), Race 6 ($76), Race 8 ($57), Race 9 ($295) and Race 10 the Ladies Classic ($54).
We nailed the Ladies Classic picking the Winner Unrivaled Bell at $17.00 and getting the Exacta at 454.89, $1 Trifecta paid $107.60 and the $1 Superfecta paid us $1,668 or $166 for a 10 Cent wager.
Our selections also hit the Superfecta in the Juvenile Fillies which paid $4,116.30 for $1 wager or $411 for a Dime wager!
Day 1 Total Won: $2,760.49
Two Day Total Won: $4,988.49
World Championship Horse Racing
Santa Anita Park Nov. 6 - 7
The 26th Breeders' Cup is Now History!
Zenyatta Remains Undefeated in Beating the Boys!
It certainly was an exciting weekend of Championship racing with a good mix of favorites and longshots winning.
Zenyatta remaind UNDEFEATED in 14 career races as she BEAT the Boys in the Classic!
We saw the mare Zenyatta win with her powerful late move as she came from dead last and caught Gio Ponti in mid stretch to keep her record PERFECT!
She should be named horse of the year and of the DECADE. 20 years from now, we will be talking about her as being the Greatest Mare of ALL Time....
This was the 2nd consecutive year that the Breeders' Cup races were run over a synthetic surface. There were 2 repeat winners; Goldikova in the Mile and Conduit (IRE) in the Turf.
The powerful Godolphin Stable had 14 horses entered in 9 of the 14 Championship races. Of those 14 runners they only won 1 race (the Juvenile with Vale of York) as well as (4) 3rd and (2) 4th place finishers!
Of the 6 races run over the Santa Anita Turf course, (4) were won by the Europeans!
There were (7) Championship races run over the synthetic dirt surface with (3) California based winners and (2) Euro winners. The other (3) synthetic dirt races were won by U.S. based horses that had been racing over the synthetic surface at other tracks like Keenland and Turfway park!
The only exception was Tapitsfly who last raced in New York and is sired by a proven synthetic pedigree in Tapit.
Our Day 2 Breeders' Cup selections had (2) Winners on top with Pounced ($6.80) in the Juvenile Turf and Conduit ($3,80) our Best Bet in the Turf. Our Best Longshot Furthest Land ($44.60) won in the Dirt Mile.
We had (4) Exacta winners; Juvenile Turf ($62.00) (2 times), Turf Sprint ($75.20), Juvenile ($334.80) (2 times) and the Turf ($25.00). That is a total of $893.20 of winning $2 wagers!
Our selections had (2) Trifecta wagers hit with the Juvenile Turf (90.60) (2 times) and the Turf ($40.30) (2 times). we hit (2) Superfectas in the Juvenile Turf ($2,750.70) and the Turf ($67.30) for a total of $3,079.80 for $1 wagers!
We had (2) Daliy Doubles in the Juvenile ($224.60) and the Dirt Mile ($114.40) as well as (1) Pick 3 in the Classic ($360.30). That is another $699.30 in winning wagers.
Day 2 Total Won: $4,672.30
There was ONLY 1 winner in the Pick Six which paid $1,838,305.20 and that was with (3) winning favorites!!!
Day 2 of the Breeders' Cup had very good exotic payouts even with 5 favorites winning!
results for Day 2 of the Breeders' Cup Championship races are as
Day2 - Saturday-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
BC Juvenile Turf - 1 Mile Turf
|6||Awesome Act||R. Moore|
|$2.00 Exacta (4-7)||$62.00|
|$1.00 Trifecta (4-7-11)||$90.60|
|$1.00 Superfecta (4-7-11-6)||$2,750.70|
|$2.00 Daily Double (2-4)||$109.60|
BC Turf Sprint - 6 1/2F
|3||California Flag||J. Talamo||$8.80||$5.60||$4.80|
|7||Gotta Have Her||T. Baze||$8.80||$5.60|
|14||Delta Storm||G. Gomez|
|$2.00 Exacta (3-7)||$77.20|
|$1.00 Trifecta (3-7-6)||$317.50|
|$1.00 Superfecta (3-7-6-14)||$4,226.70|
|$2.00 Daily Double (4-3)||$44.20|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (2-4-3)||$463.50|
Sentient BC Sprint - 6F
|4||Crown of Throns||R. Bejarano||$13.20||$8.60|
|2||Cost of Freedom||T. Baze||$9.20|
|$2.00 Exacta (6-4)||$455.80|
|$1.00 Trifecta (6-4-2)||$2,145.90|
|$1.00 Superfecta (6-4-2-5)||$7,651.00|
|$2.00 Daily Double (3-6)||$303.80|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (4-3-6)||$1,079.50|
Grey Goose BC Juvenile - 1 1/16 Mile
|7||Vale of York (IRE)||A. Ajtebi||$63.20||$24.40||$12.40|
|13||Lookin At Lucky||G. Gomez||$4.40||$3.00|
|4||Nobel's Promise||W. Martinez||$4.60|
|$2.00 Exacta (7-13)||$334.80|
|$1.00 Trifecta (7-13-4)||$1,181.10|
|$1.00 Superfecta (7-13-4-2)||$23,929.90|
|$2.00 Daily Double (6-7)||$1,915.60|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (3-6-7)||$6.751.50|
|$1.00 Pick 4 (4/19/14-3/15/16-6-7)||$36,538.90|
TVG BC Mile - 1 Mile Turf
|11||Goldikova (IRE)||O. Peslier||$4.80||$4.00||$2.60|
|1||Court Vision||R. Albarado|
|$2.00 Exacta (11-6)||$109.20|
|$1.00 Trifecta (11-6-10)||$705.30|
|$1.00 Superfecta (11-6-10-1)||$6,628.80|
|$2.00 Daily Double (7-11)||$224.60|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (6-7-11)||$2,923.40|
BC Dirt Mile - 1 Mile
|2||Furthest Land||J. Leparoux||$44.60||$18.40||$9.60|
|10||Ready's Echo||C. Borel||$18.20||$9.40|
|1||Mastercraftsman (IRE)||J. Murtagh|
|$2.00 Exacta (2-10)||$658.20|
|$1.00 Trifecta (2-10-3)||$2,933.40|
|$1.00 Superfecta (2-10-3-1)||$6,661.90|
|$2.00 Daily Double (11-2)||$139.20|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (7-11-2)||$1,693.60|
Emirates Airlines BC Turf - 1 1/2 Mile Turf
|5||Dar Re Mi (GB)||L. Dettori||$3.00|
|7||Spanish Moon||K. Fallon|
|$2.00 Exacta (2-6)||$25.60|
|$1.00 Trifecta (2-6-5)||$40.30|
|$1.00 Superfecta (2-6-5-7)||$67.30|
|$2.00 Daily Double (2-2)||$114.40|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (11-2-2)||$190.40|
BC Classic - 1 1/4 Mile
|7||Gio Ponti||R. Dominguez||$9.20||$6.60|
|5||Twice Over (GB)||T. Queally||$7.00|
|3||Summer Bird||K. Desormeaux|
|2||Colonel John||G. Gomez|
|$2.00 Exacta (4-7)||$87.40|
|$1.00 Trifecta (4-7-5)||$595.20|
|$1.00 Superfecta (4-7-5-3)||$3,417.00|
|$2.00 Daily Double (2-4)||$23.20|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (2-2-4)||$360.30|
|$1.00 Pick 4 (11-2-2/4-4/12)||$752.20|
|$1.00 Super High 5 (4-7-5-3-2)||$50,038.30|
|$2.00 Ultra Pick 6 (6-7-11-2-2/4-4/12)||$1,838,305.20|
On Day 1 of Breeders' Cup Weekend, NO favorite won any of the (6) races and ONLY (2) second favorites won! Europeans won (2) races. The Marathon and the Filly & Mare Turf.
The trainer (John Shireffs) of last year's Classic winner Zenyatta won it again with Life is Sweet ($18.20). It sure was a SWEET weekend for Shireffs!!
Jockey Julian Leparoux got his weekend off to a great strat winning 2 Breeders' Cup races on Day 1 with wins in the Juvenile Fillies and the Filly & Mare Sprint. He also won on Day 2 in the Dirt Mile.
The Frenchman is one of the BEST riders in the U.S. and will no doubt win the Eclipse Award this year!
Our Day 1 Selections: Of the (6) Breeders' Cup races we had (3) Winners in our Top 2 selections; Man of Iron ($14.80 - Marathon), She Be Wild ($16.80 - Juvenile Fillies) and Informed Decision ($8.80 - Filly & Mare Sprint).
Our wagering strategy allowed us to hit (3) Exactas; Marathon - $120.20, Filly & Mare Turf $53.60 (2 times-$107.20) and the Filly & Mare Sprint - $15.40 (3 times-$46.20).
We also had the Daily Double in the Ladies Classic for $84.20.
Day 1 Total Won: $357.80
Two Day Total Won $5,030.10
results for Day 1 of Breeders' Cup Championship weekend are as
follows:races are as follows;
Day1 - Friday
BC Marathon - 1 3/4 Mile
|9||Man of Iron||J. Murtagh||$14.80||$7.20||$4.40|
|4||Cloudy's Knight||R. Homeister Jr.||$7.40||$4.60|
|6||Mastery (GB)||L. Dettori||$2.40|
|$2.00 Exacta (9-4)||$120.20|
|$1.00 Trifecta (9-4-6)||$225.10|
|$1.00 Superfecta (9-4-6-10)||$2,845.50|
Sentient Jet Filly & Mare Sprint - 7 Furlongs
|7||Informed Decision||J. Leparoux||$8.80||$3.00||$2.80|
|1||Free Flying Soul||M. Smith||$7.40|
||Sara Louise||L. Dettori|
|$2.00 Exacta (7-9)||$15.40|
|$1.00 Trifecta (7-9-1)||$120.60|
|$1.00 Superfecta (7-9-1-2)||$540.00|
BC Juvenile Fillies Turf - 1 Mile
|4||Rose Catherine||J. Castellano||$6.80||$5.80|
|7||House of Grace||M. Luzzi||$5.00|
|$2.00 Exacta (10-4)||$152.40|
|$1.00 Trifecta (10-4-7)||$479.40|
|$1.00 Superfecta (10-4-7-9)||$7,358.00|
|$2.00 Daily Double (9-10)||$170.00|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (11-9-10)||$641.60|
|$1.00 Pick 4 (6-11-9-10)||$3,450.50|
Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies - 1 1/16 Mile
|8||She be Wild||J. Leparoux||$16.80||$9.00||$5.00|
|3||Blind Luck||T. Baze||$3.00|
|12||Biofuel||E. Da Silva|
|$2.00 Exacta (8-4)||$144.40|
|$1.00 Trifecta (8-4-3)||$407.90|
|$1.00 Superfecta (8-4-3-12)||$7,384.90|
|$2.00 Daily Double (10-8)||$181.80|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (9-10-8)||$949.50|
Emirates Airlines BC Filly & Mare Turf - 1 1/4 Mile Turf
|6||Midday (GB)||T. Queally||$6.60||$4.80||$4.00|
|5||Pure Clan||G. Gomez||$7.80||$4.00|
|2||Forever Together||J. Leparoux||$2.40|
|$2.00 Exacta (6-5)||$53.60|
|$1.00 Trifecta (6-5-2)||$95.00|
|$1.00 Superfecta (6-5-2-1)||$536.50|
|$2.00 Daily Double (8-6)||$93.00|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (10-8-6)||$423.60|
BC Ladies Classic - 1 1/8 Mile
|2||Life is Sweet||G. Gomez||$18.20||$8.00||$5.00|
|7||Music Note||R. Maragh||$3.20|
|5||Proviso (GB)||J. Velazquez|
|8||Rainbow View||J. Leparoux|
|$2.00 Exacta (2-3)||$171.60|
|$1.00 Trifecta (2-3-7)||$523.60|
|$1.00 Superfecta (2-3-7-5)||$2,533.40|
|$2.00 Daily Double (7-2)||$84.20|
|$1.00 Pick 3 (6-7-2)||$189.10|
|$1.00 Super High 5 (2-3-7-5-8)||$12,741.10|
|$1.00 Pick 4 (8-6-7-2)||$2,133.60|
|$1.00 Pick 6 (9-10-8-6-7-2)||$155,819.80|
World Championship Horse Racing
Santa Anita Park Oct. 24 - 25
The Euro Invaders Proved Tough to Beat ...
It certainly was an exciting weekend of Championship racing with a good mix of favorites and longshots winning.
We saw the undefeated Filly Zenyatta win with a powerful late move as she caught and passed the entire field at the top of the stretch to keep her record perfect!
Then there was the BC Classic as Curlin tried to repeat but found the Top 2 European invaders too much as he was upset and finished 4th. His loss should result in Zenatta being named 2008 horse of the year!
This was the first time the Breeders' Cup races were run over a synthetic surface. Santa Anita Park installed the Australian Pro-Ride surface this year. The first in the U.S.
The results are now in and the surface favored those horses who had previously raced well over the surface or had a history of training on synthetic dirt tracks!
It also favored horses coming from way off the pace and thus early speed horses faltered in the stretch! (the except was the Juvenile (the top 3 did have synthetic experience))
Since the Santa Anita Pro-Ride surface resembles Turf more than it does Dirt, the Europeans were able to upset Curlin in the Classic.
It looked like Curlin was going to win as he got the lead at the top of the stretch but he made his move too early and the 2 closing Europeans along with Tiago over took him for 1st, 2nd and 3rd!
Day 2 of the Breeders' Cup was very good as ONLY 1 favorite won with 2 Second Favorites also winning!
Since the Breeders' Cup will for the 1st time EVER hold the races at the same track for 2 consecutive years, we now know how to handicap the Pro-Ride surface which should lead us all to a very profitable weekend of Championship racing!
On Day 1 the 5 Championship races did not lead to any big surprises like got on Day 2, but we did get to see the BEST Filly in the World easily win the Ladies Classic (Distaff).
Zenyatta remaind UNDEFEATED in 9 career races!
She ran her normal race, taking back at the start and then lapping the field from the rear going 6 wide around them and passing the filed in stretch pulling away across the finish line!
It truely was a beautiful site to see and one that I will remember for many years to come.
We had a good Day 1 with our Breeders' Cup Picks.
In the 5 BC races we had 3 Winners on Top.
Ventura - $7.60, Maram - $24.20, Stardom Bound - $5.20 and Zenyatta - $3.00.
We had 3 Exactas - Race3 - $25.40, Race4 - $350.20, Race7 $13.40.
Two Trifectas, Race3 - $48.70, Race7 - $34.20.
One Superfecta, Race3 - $733.30.
Four Daily Doubles, Race4 - $133, Race5 - $84, Race7 - $19.40 and Race8 - $41.
One Pick3 - Race5 - $192.