Is Enable a Single in the Breeders’ Cup Turf?

Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011 From a handicapping and wagering perspective, one of the trickiest and most critical races of the entire Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 3rd at Churchill Downs is the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I), and not because the race looks particularly wide-open on paper. Quite to the contrary, I believe that there are only three horses—all European shippers—who have a serious chance to win this 1 ½-mile turf test. The [...]

2018 Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries By the Numbers

Boosted by a new race that proved extremely popular at the entry box, a record-breaking 221 horses have been pre-entered for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at on November 2-3 at Churchill Downs. The complete fields were revealed on Wednesday, October 24th, just over a week before the much-anticipated championships will begin. The complete lists of pre-entrants for each race can be viewed on the Breeders’ Cup website. We’ll have lots of handicapping previews coming during the next week, [...]

Back for More: Eight Breeders’ Cup Champs Could Seek Repeat Wins

Mendelssohn winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Photo by Ting Shen/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) As the fields for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup races continue to take shape, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we could see an impressive number of past winners return with an eye on adding additional Breeders’ Cup titles to their records. All told, eight previous Breeders’ Cup winners—six from 2017 and two from 2016—could see action at Churchill Downs four weeks from now. Some will be attempting [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Top 10: Sorting Out the Euros

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography Getting an early start handicapping the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) is always a challenge, since European runners tend to have the advantage, but determining which ones might make the trip is easier said than done. That said, with less than seven weeks remaining until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, here’s my preliminary attempt at ranking some of the top contenders, which [...]

Breeders’ Cup Turf rematch set for Hong Kong Vase

Talismanic beats Highland Reel to win the 2017 Breeders' Cup Turf. Pic: Breeders' Cup Ltd. European runners have dominated the $2.3 million Hong Kong International Vase (G1) since the 1 ½-mile race was first run in 1994, and with Talismanic and Highland Reel in this year’s contest they may well do so again. The pair fought out the finish of the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) over the same trip at Del Mar, with Talismanic taking advantage of a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

O’Brien, Stoute look for more Breeders’ Cup Turf glory

Highland Reel should enjoy a firm track as he tries to defend his Breeders' Cup Turf crown.   The first place to look for the winner of the 1 ½-mile Breeders’ Cup Turf is, quite clearly, the European contingent. European horses clearly excel at this trip on turf, and with nine of the last 12 editions of this race being won by trans-Atlantic raiders, their connections know how to cope with the journey. Six of the 14 runners [...]