Keneneland, Kentucky plays host to the Breeders’ Cup 2020, one of the global highlights of the flat season. Over $31m in prize money is on offer with the most available for the Breeders’ Cup Classic where a cool $6m is up for grabs making it the third richest race in the world.
14 races over two days whereby 13 of them are Grade 1s – it really is a meeting of the highest quality. The Friday is known as ‘Future Stars Friday’ and open to the very best two-year-olds in the game, headlined by the $2m Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, run just over a mile. ‘Championship Saturday’ then takes centre stage for three-year-olds plus, the main event here is the Breeders’ Cup Classic which is run over a mile and quarter on dirt.
Breeders’ Cup overview of each race with key runners:
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint:
Golden Pal sets the standard here and is a red-hot favourite for last year’s combo of Wesley Ward and Irad Ortiz, a less than ideal draw in stall number 14 will need to see Ortiz launch his colt out from the start. Hollie Doyle is on board the Mighty Gurka who could spring a surprise in the first race.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf:
This could be the race where we see the UK and Irish raiders get off the mark, Battleground looks a warm favourite for Aidan O’Brien to win the race sponsored by the owners. Opposition looks likely to come from Jessica Harrington’s Cadillac with an outside shout for Ralph Beckett’s New Mandate who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies:
Just seven entries here but the talent runs through the field, with the star attraction being Princess Noor. Trainer Bob Baffert said: “She’s another superstar. Her numbers are slow, but I know a superstar when I see it, and she’s a superstar.”
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf:
The three at the head of the market Aunt Pearl, Campanelle and Plum Ali are all unbeaten heading into Friday’s penultimate race. Wesley Ward’s filly looks to have the lot, she’s won in the US, England and France this year – expect Frankie to lift her right on time for what could be a wonderful race.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile:
An eight-and-a-half-furlong dash to the finish sees Jackie’s Warrior installed as favourite. Looking at the trends for the race Steven Asmussen’s charge meets all six. Others to consider when looking at these are Essential Quality and Camp Hope at a bigger price.
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint:
This looks a shootout between Gamine and Serengeti Empress. Bob Baffert’s Gamine returns to a one turn race where she looked flawless when last tacking this distance. Empress is having her final race and will be hoping to go out with a bang.
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint:
An open looking race where a case can be made for many of these. The UK are best represented by Glass Slippers who has had a topsy-turvy season but could end 2020 by landing the spoils here for trainer Kevin Ryan.
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile:
Complexity and Knicks Go are the short favourites for this race. If the Brad Cox-trained Knicks Go is given an easy lead out in front Joel Rosario may not be for catching in the driving seat.
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf:
Yet another open renewal that sees John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien saddle two of the top five in the betting. Peaceful and Terebellum have had hit and miss seasons so it may be keen to back an outsider of the field and that well be Jessica Harrington’s Cayenne Pepper who has had a more than a respectable campaign.
Breeders’ Cup Sprint:
Vekoma looks the one to side with here but a four-month lay-off may put backers off, the winner of two BC Challenge races has the best form to win this though the youngster of the race Yaupon may take it on from the front and land this for Steven Asmussen.
Breeders’ Cup Mile:
Uni looks to make it back-to-back wins in what looks a vintage renewal, Chad Brown has two other chances in the shape of Digital Age and Raging Bull. The UK and Irish players have strong hands also; Kameko the main danger to the Yanks but don’t write off Circus Maximum, One Master and Siskin who all have had superb careers.
Breeders’ Cup Distaff:
Monomoy Girls vs Swiss Skydiver looks to be one of the contests of the meeting here, the two leading dirt horses in North America going head-to-head. Monomoy Girl will be looking to win her second Distaff with trainer Brad Cox adding “There’s not much really to say about her other than she’s just really, really, really good right now.”
Breeders’ Cup Turf:
The business end of the meeting looks set for a battle of the Irish; Magical vs Mogul vs Tarnawa. Aiden O’Brien has the top two in the market whilst Dermot Wild looks to maintain Tarnawa’s wonderful season on a high. O’Brien’s stable has had a tough few weeks and no one would begrudge him victory here.
The main event of the two days, Bob Baffert has *three* of the top four in the betting and those three are all situated together in stalls 8, 9 and 10 coincidentally. Improbable is the form-horse, Maximum Security finished second to Improbale LTO and Authentic beat the one who is sandwiched between Baffert’s three-pronged attack. Tiz The Law was *the* horse until Authentic lowered his colours in the Kentucky Derby. Baffert has won it three times in the last six years, this year looks like it could belong to the legendary trainer.
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Table of Contents
- Breeders’ Cup overview of each race with key runners:
- Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint:
- Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf:
- Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies:
- Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf:
- Breeders’ Cup Juvenile:
- Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint:
- Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint:
- Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile:
- Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf:
- Breeders’ Cup Sprint:
- Breeders’ Cup Mile:
- Breeders’ Cup Distaff:
- Breeders’ Cup Turf:
- Breeders’ Cup Classic
- bet365 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Bonus