Five Weeks and Counting

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 20, 2008 in Breeders Cup, Handicapping | No Comments >>

It is hard to believe that Breeders’ Cup Day is right around the corner. Each week in the next few are going to very important for handicapping. I have a few things for you to watch. They may just be a little nugget of gold at Santa Anita.

For the weeks leading up to B/C there should be some required daily reading, as follows:

By following up on these sites, you will have filtered out many articles and blogs that may become time consuming. Keep these on your favorites bookmarks, and you will be kept up on the most important articles written by everyone that is in the know. Try and stay clear of taking in too much. These sites will get you where you want to be. I would advise watching as much of Santa Anita racing as possible before the big day.

Keep up on what is happening for last race preps. You will see them on most Saturdays. Keep your eyes peeled for what is happening in Kentucky during these next weeks. Turfway Park offers some great racing on Kentucky Cup Day. Turfway has Poly track, the same surface as Keeneland. Also, opening weekend at Keeneland is called Fall Stars Weekend. This will be your last glimpse.

After the final tune-ups, you need to watch for works. Pay close attention to European runners coming here. They will be running in a hotter climate, and make sure that they have had a few works over the track. You can throw out the pretenders who have not finished in the money in G-1 races for their last effort.

At Santa Anita, they have a surface called Pro Ride. It is synthetic, but they are all not the same. Please watch for solid morning efforts fresh off of a G-1 effort in the money.

Now, there are no real secrets or magic that can be done. It boils down to good old fashioned homework. Last, but not least, you will want to dial up leading up to Breeders’ Cup weekend. This will give you an idea of how the track is playing and how to utilize the information for maximum value.