Lessons from tough Breeders’ Cup for punters

World Approval was one of just two favorites to win at the Breeders' Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher. OK, hands up – who out there thought Mor Spirit, Moonshine Memories, Unique Bella, Lady Aurelia, Lady Eli, Drefong, and Bolt d’Oro would all be beaten at the Breeders’ Cup? It’s not often that only two one of the 13 Breeders’ Cup favorites win, as happened at Del Mar this year. But in an unpredictable year, only World Approval and [...]

2017 Breeders’ Cup Recap

The 2017 Breeders' Cup has come and gone. It's taken me almost a week to digest all that happened this past Breeders' Cup. The Super Bowl of thoroughbred horse racing isn't something to rush to conclusions about. Below, I've listed a few of my observations about this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Check it out! Best Performance - Gun Runner, Breeders' Cup Classic A half-mile in 46.31 isn't blazing. Still, Collected had every chance to run by Gun Runner in [...]

By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Del Mar BC, RacingWire|

Breeders’ Cup opens up discussion on 2018 Kentucky Derby

Firenze Fire (left) and Good Magic are both in the conversation about potential 2018 Kentucky Derby prospects. Photo: Coglianese Photos. Before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, it seemed clear that Bolt d’Oro was not only going to win, he’d be a clear favorite for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Now, with the race run and Bolt d’Oro finishing third, it’s not so obvious. Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) may have been suffering for his huge FrontRunner Stakes (G1) performance, and with [...]

Questions of track bias raised by Breeders’ Cup

Del Mar's surface became a major talking point after the 2017 Breeders' Cup. Photo: Benoit Photo. Del Mar’s first Breeders’ Cup proved notable for its multiple shocks as well as for its great performances. When results like these happen, questions invariably get asked about whether there was any kind of track bias. The only favorites to win were both on turf: World Approval (5-2) in the Mile on Saturday, and Mendelssohn in the Juvenile Turf – and at [...]

Some Pick 4 thoughts for the Breeders’ Cup

Bolt d'Oro will be a popular anchor in Pick 4 betting. Pic: Benoit Photo. There’s no shortage of ways to play the Breeders’ Cup meet at Del Mar, but one of the most popular is the Pick 4. Trying to select the winner of one Breeders’ Cup race may seem hard enough, let alone four. But there are some ways to go about it. There are three Pick 4 bets offered on Breeders’ Cup races, one on Friday [...]

Tough challenge for Unique Bella in Filly and Mare Sprint

Unique Bella is aiming to become the first 3-year-old to win the Filly & Mare Turf. Pic: Benoit Photo. We’ll know a lot more about the ability of boom filly Unique Bella after the seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) on Nov. 4. Unique Bella was a popular early pick for the Kentucky Oaks after winning three graded stakes races in California early this year. But an injury struck and she was forced out for most [...]

Lady Eli seeks sweet swan song in Filly and Mare Turf

Lady Eli wins the Ballston Spa stakes easily. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chris Rahayel. Europeans are often well backed in Breeders’ Cup races on turf, but if you like any of the raiders this year in the Filly & Mare Turf, you may get a good price. The market for the 1 1/8-mile contest is dominated by Lady Eli, who is rated a 5-2 chance on the morning line in what's expected to be her final race. She’s been beaten [...]

Lady Aurelia favored for Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Lady Aurelia should be tough to beat in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography. On the form book, the Turf Sprint looks like it should be a match race between the high-class fillies Lady Aurelia and Marsha. However, the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint is the type of race where the form book can go wrong. Lady Aurelia and Marsha come into the race with great form in Europe. Lady Aurelia scored a decisive three-length victory in [...]

Open look about Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Separationofpowers is too strong in the Frizette Stakes (Coglianese Photos) Successive grade one victories in California have hurled Moonshine Memories into favoritism for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 4th, but it’s still a race where the form lines aren’t easy to establish. Moonshine Memories won both the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) and the Chandelier Stakes (G1) in a very professional manner – getting into a stalking position quickly, attacking on the final turn, and extending [...]

Arrogate seeks redemption, second Breeders’ Cup Classic

Arrogate has disappointed at his two Del Mar starts but has the class to win a second Classic at his best. Photo: Coglianese Photos Six months ago, the Breeders’ Cup Classic seemed like it was Arrogate’s to lose. If he repeats his 2017 Del Mar form on Saturday, he will lose. Deemed a superhorse after his victories in the Travers Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup, and Dubai World Cup, there didn’t seem much chance of anything [...]