The Euros Are Coming, The Euros Are Coming!

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 23, 2008 in Breeders Cup, Handicapping | No Comments >>

The clock is ticking down to Breeders’ Cup, and we are starting to focus on the runners. But some are making their way across the sea, and they may be worth a hard look before you make final decisions.

I will be studying the Euro horses a lot more because many more look like they are coming. Many are going to try the Poly. The #1 horse in Europe is Duke of Marmalade and it looks like he will prep on Poly in Europe this week, and if all goes well he is coming to the Classic. I can tell you this, if Curlin does not bring his “A” game, the Duke will win. Big Brown will not beat the Duke.

Here is a list of Euro’s who may be coming:
Eagle Mountain is trained by Dekock and has been out most of the year.  He has a big shot if he comes to the turf, but needs a good return race to set him up.
New Approach, from the Aiden O’Brien team, has beat the Duke earlier this year and is running in the Arc.  He may be coming for the turf.
Zarkava is an undefeated filly that is looking at the filly turf.
Goldikova is an older mare trained by Freddie Head that may go in the filly turf or the mile. If Zarkava does not come, she is a cinch.
Tamayuz is a colt trained by Freddie Head and is headed to the mile. He preps in the QE2 this week.
Red Rocks is training up to the cup and we already know he can win.
Plan is a 3yr old that is a notch below but may still be better than what we got for the turf.
Soldier of Fortune is high quality and if he comes, he will be tough in the turf or the marathon.
Getaway, Tartan Bearer, Casual Conquest all look like the Arc will be next and then will see if they want to ship in.
Spirit One surprised in the Arlington Million and is said to be coming back; maybe for the Classic.
Winchester is coming back.  He won the Secretariat but is a notch below the top dogs.
Ravens Pass is coming for the mile and is one of the top milers in all of Europe.
Archipenko ran 2nd in the Million and is said to be coming to the Turf.

And finally the top miler in all of Europe, Henry the Navigator, is said to be pointing to the Mile or the Classic.

The last time the cup was in California, the Euro’s held their own. This will give you a list to watch, and to keep track of the shippers looking to invade.