Anthony Fontaine lives on an island. Fortunately it is an island with past performances, replays, statistics and all he needs to deep dive the Breeders’ Cup. In his usual no nonsense style Anthony gets right to the chase. So here you go:
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
Race Six Selections: 1-14-3-6
#1 Mighty Gurkha had some trouble in his last outing and is much better than the finish indicates. HOLLY IS NOT IN LEXINGTON FOR THE SHOPPING and this is her only Breeders’ Cup mount. BEWARE.
#14 Golden Pal figures to be tough from that wide draw will need to work out a good trip and with a short sprint will need to do so quickly. This runner figures to take tons of action and price will not be appealing however does have the ability to be tough late. #3 Lipizzaner steps up in class coming across the pond for this event and has not shown much against top notch quality. Connections have also struggled mightily in recent cups however are never to be underestimated as their horses are bred in the purple and can wake up overnight.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
Race Seven Selections: 1-9-11-5
#1 Sealiway enters this off a smashing performance on Arc day at Longchamp where he annihilated the competition. The ground will not be heavy like it was that day however this one has run well over firmer ground and should fit nicely with this group. Highly competitive runner for all the marbles.
#9 Battleground is an immaculately bred horse out of the super mare Found that has proven a nice runner so far across the pond. Would not be surprised to see this one formidable deep in the lane. #11 Gretzky the Great has improved with each start and may be sitting on a nice performance today. Rider will have to be adroit and work out a good trip from a wide draw but this one has shown flashes of ability and should be a danger late.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
Race Eight Selections: 5-7-1-3
#5 Girl Daddy appears poised for a big race. Rider will need to ensure she breaks alertly as in her first two races she broke a step slow however if he can get her out the gate in good order this one has the ability to upset the applecart.
#7 Princess Noor has won each of her races easily and not been asked to really extend herself. The races however have come back a bit slow and this will be her biggest test to date. May be good enough to dust this field as well however the short price she will offer is not appealing to me so will use her in the multi race exotics however will also try to find a better mutual option. #1 Simply Ravishing is another filly that deserves a long long look in this spot. Trainer of Swiss Skydiver may have another super filly in his barn for next year. Rail is always tricky but this one has shown great talent and should be formidable late.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Race Nine Selections: 1-9-5-10
# 1 Oodnadatta worked her way through some traffic last out at the Currah and finished evenly. Figures to get a nice set up if rider can ensure a good break. Can mow them all down late at a nice number.
#9 Madone is perfect so far and has an excellent chance of maintaining her unbeaten record today. Late running filly has a good rider who is adept at placing his mounts in position to strike and is a major player today. #5 Aunt Pearl may be the best hope of the local contingent to take this event. Has experience over the course and showed ability in latest. The competition from overseas looks formidable so this one needs to be primed for a top effort to prevail.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Race Five Selections: 9-7-4-3
#9 Sitting on Go is sitting on a monster performance! Horse is working lights out and figures to get a good trip under the very capable Lanerie. Do not ignore this runner today.
#7 Jackie’s Warrior has not missed a beat and improves each start running faster races. The competition today may be a little better than he has faced but this one is oozing talent and ability. Strictly the one to deny. #4 Likeable ran off the screen last out to break the maiden in eye catching fashion. Has worked well since and should be highly competitive today.