Breeders’ Cup Mile

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 21, 2009 in Breeders Cup, General Discussion, Handicapping | No Comments >>

I can still see Goldikova rolling down the lane. Freddie Head’s filly ran bigger than life…. I know, time cures all. If you did not cash, then your memory can grow short. All of which can be a good thing.

The historical bias says that closers, stalkers, and “Silky Sullivan” types do well in here. The majority of runners in this 8 furlong affair tend to favor this method. In the past, so have I at the windows…

Less than 20% have went gate to wire in this affair. You will want to start your process by searching for a pace that will set up what type of closer. A blistering job on the hook can assure they will come rolling like the cavalry. A medium to average pace may favor a tactical runner who can weave their magic 4-5 lengths off the pace.

Post position means a lot in the history of this race. You will want to go back through charts, and see what post has taken the beating. The outside has been a bad place to be. I would look for a middle post where a runner can dive in or out if needed. I don’t like the rail where the competition is all great. You can get shut off quicker than an unpaid electric bill.  Just go back through the charts. It will pay off.

Big preps on the radar screen for this heat have been the – Q.E. II Stakes, Prix Jacque le Marois, Prix du Moulin, and the Sussex Stables. Goldikova won her last prep in the Prix du Moulin.

Here are some contenders that may need a look if they make the trip: Artiste Royale, Awesome Gem, Bold Chieftain, Colonel John, Cosmonaut, Courageous Cat, Cowboy Cal, Ferneley, Get Serious, Ghanaati, and Gio Ponti.

Just keep your eyes open, and be ready to employ the rules. The handicapping will be easy to find.. It is under WinningPonies, and believe you me they will be ready….

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