Friday, 1 November 2013

Santa Anita ~ BC SPECIAL ~

Morning mofo's ;-) ,

Well the weekend starts here and what a good looking weekend we have in store with some crack European horses running in the Breeders Cup Festival  and i will highlight a few from today plus the NH scene really starts to pick up as a few od the early season Graded races take place and the trials for the big Nov races take place as the yards try and get runs into their sorts before deciding on the seasons targets and we have the AW in full flow  ( which was superb yesterday although having a listed card will be rare )...regarding the AW my advice is this Evans and Botti need following and Luke Morris and A Kirby are the specialist AW jocks and will nearly always get you a win or two..

We Start of with some very interesting maidens at HQ ( Newmarket ) on an extended 8 race card along with the opening fixtures of the good looking 2 day Wetherby we have plenty to chew on but today and for now i will just take a peak at a few of the races From Santa Anita.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade 1)

..A cracking race in prospect with a $572k winners purse that involves a few from UK and Ire.




Firstly Wilshire Boulevard looks like its been put in as a Pace Maker for Giovani Boldini but does carry some rather decent form of his own into this if not better but GB was very impressive when winning a Listed event at Dundalk lto by 5L and never off the bridle however the level of competition is considerably more fierce here so reading to much into that maybe foolish.

Shamson and Outstrip both have a few pounds to find plus they have to show that they can handle the trip and the surface so with so many questions to answer i would say that all 4 have too much to do and i cant see any of them winning .

Well from across the Pond which beast has the best chance? , well there are three i like and all are decent prices..Firstly i like BOBBYS KITTEN @ 5/1 a proven stayer and a winner from just 3 starts over this trip and with a good draw and if allowed to set his own pace will take some catching.

Along with this i also like at a price both AOTEAROA CD winner and POKER PLAYER which has won twice at the trip ( from 2 starts ) and looks an exciting prospect and is another with a good draw and priced at 20/1 and 12/1 these look good for a dutch Win or Fap.


Full Result

1st (4)OutstripC Appleby28-10Mike Smith6/1
2nd (2)½Giovanni Boldini (USA)A P O'Brien28-10R L Moore3/1
3rd (5)Bobby's Kitten (USA)Chad Brown28-10Javier Castellano9/4f


Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (Grade 1)

..Another dirt race and another $572 winners purse is up for grabs and rather disappointingly we have no representation here so my only thoughts are thus..the draw will stop the fav VERRAZANO and @ 4.4 this for me is a cast iron LAY.


Full Result

1st (12)12 Goldencents (USA)Doug O'Neill38-11Rafael Bejarano5/1
2nd (2)Golden Ticket (USA)Kenneth McPeek49-0Joel Rosario8/1
3rd (4)Brujo De Olleros (BRZ)Richard Mettee59-0Alan Garcia7/1
4th (10)10 Verrazano (USA)Todd Pletcher38-11John Velazquez11/4f


Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade 1)

..This is a strong looking renewal and another $572k race and this time we do have some runners , two in fact in the shape of AL THAKIRA and CHRISELLIAM and both are very decent sorts that arrive on the back of strong form and both look very good.
Now i do really like both here but i do feel that Chrisellium has the strongest chance form wise ( imo ) and its running style would seem well suited to both the nature of these races , the pace and the track and i think this has a very strong chance.
One other i should mention is VORDA which arrives from France and is another with a very good chance after smashing 2 good runners in the Cheverley Park but it has to prove it stays but for me ultmiately i feel the two UK runners are well worth a dutch here.
Kitten Kaboodle and Clenor look the best of the two home breds and the two USA 'Dolphins are worth a second glance.


Now this is both Bizarre and stupid imo...The Distaff has a field of just 6 but carries Prize money of around $1.7 Million with $30k  being paid for 6th....So why the fuck no UK trainers are sticking one or two in is just beyond me!!...getting sixth alone would make the trip a profitable one and anything better is a bonus...just crazy..shame on you UK and Ire trainers.!!.

And that rounds up our interest from DAY 1 with all the really big action coming tmrw...lets see just how important the draw is tonight before we lump on tmrw...Some cracking racing for tmrw and a return to the old school race cards will be tyhe call imo..GL and TTFN x


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