Thursday, October 31, 2019

Breeders' Cup Racing Friday

There will be five Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita Park on Friday--all for 2-year-olds and with 61 entrants including Also Eligibles.

But only two of those horses have  raced in Florida.

They are Two  Sixty  in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies (Grade 1) and Graceful Kitten in the $2 million Juvenile Turf (Grade 1).

They are coming into the Breeders' Cup, in Arcadia, Calif., off runaway victories in stakes races on Sept. 28 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Both will be racing away from Gulfstream's spring-summer meets for the first time, and both will be making their graded stakes debuts.

Thus, in the wagering, they will be dealing with pre-conceived bias from some handicappers.

However, Two Sixty's stakes-record win in the $400,0000 In Reality Stakes was so fast  that she has been  attracting some buzz and could go off in the 10-1 range in a nine-horse field.

Graceful Kitten is unbeaten in three starts, including the Armed Forces Stakes on Sept. 28. But he probably will be among the longest shots in the Juvenile Turf's full 14-horse field.

It is not unusual for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile races to have just several  horses that have raced in Florida.

A main reason is that many top national trainers, such as Todd Pletcher and Bill Mott, race their top 2-year-olds at tracks in New York and in Kentucky duiring the summer and fall.  In December they bring many of those horses to Florida to race during the winter at Gulfstream or at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar.

In the money finishes, ler alone wins, have been rare. in Breeders'  Cup Juvenile races.

The most notable exception was in 2010 when Awesome Feather won the Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs.

Prior to the Breeders' Cup, Awesome Feather swept the theee-race fillies division of the Florida Sire Stakes, the ruin at  Calder in Miami Gardens. Those races are restricted to Florida-breds who are sons or daughters of Florida-registered  stallions whose owners have nominated the  for the program.

Late Pick  5  Opener Won by  3-1 Broadway Pete.

Awesome Feather was owned by Fred and Jane Brei's Jacks or Better Farm in Ocala. She was trained by Stan Gold and ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez.

The five Breeders' Cup races are part of a ten-race card at Santa Anita.  Gulfstream and Tampa Bay Downs will have simulcast wagerig omn tyhe full card.  The five Brereders' Cup races will betelevised live on the NBC Sports cable channel.

Here are details of Friday's Breeders' Cup  races, includomg yhjr three thag do not havwe a Florida horse.

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