The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day event that will hold the eyes of the sporting world. On day two, a 6-year-old mare named Zenyatta will attempt to gallop into history extending her record to a perfect 20 in a row.
But, there is a great day on tap on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs. Under the historic Twin Spires some of the best females in the game will compete. This may be an excellent opportunity to see some of the stars of tomorrow, and some of best gals we have running today.
Here are some selections that you will want to take note of before going to wager:
Race #5 – Breeders’ Cup Marathon – 4:10 p.m.
#8 Giant Oak (4-1) looks like she can give them all of the trouble they can handle. She enjoys coming off of the pace, and she has never looked better.
Race #6 – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Turf – 4:50 p.m.
#7 Winter Memories (2-1) looks like she can make the gales of November come early. 2/2 lifetime with wins, and she is bred to run well on the greensward.
Race #7 – Breeders Cup Filly / Mare Sprint – 5:30 p.m.
#2 Sara Louise (15-1) can light up the board and make your day a winning one. She is 2/2 at Churchill Downs ITM, and once upon a time she beat Rachel Alexandra. She has the ability, and at this price, it is worth the try.
Race #8 – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly – 6:10 p.m.
I like this one off a terrible race she had come her way last out. #3 R Heat Lightning (4-1) can strike on this day if given a decent trip. She has the services of John Velasquez for Todd Pletcher, and these guys team up well together.
Race #9 – Breeders’ Cup Filly / Mare Turf – 6:50 p.m.
There is a reason #7 Midday (6-5) is the morning line favorite. She won a race in France last year, and came over and scored in this exact race. 2010 shows the same prep timing, and here she is again. I saw the race at Longchamp, and she has the ability to get it done again.
Race #10 – Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic – 7:30 p.m.
They will race under the lights for this event. They needed them about 15 years ago when a race went late into the day, but this is by design. #10 Blind Luck (9-5) with Joel Rosario in the saddle. The last time she ran and won at a 1 1/8th was the last time she competed and won the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.
This is just day one of a great weekend. Even lukewarm racing fans will be tuning in on day two, but this card offers some great wagering opportunities. Remember, “bet with your head, and not over it.” Before you pull the trigger on any wager, make sure you have consulted with the tier levels as WinningPonies is always ready to fire on the big days. There may be plenty of hidden value, and you don’t want to leave any money on the table for the biggest weekend in racing.