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Breeders’ Cup 2017 Video Form Guide

The 2017 Breeders' Cup will be run for the first time at Del Mar racetrack, near San Diego, on the Southern Californian coast. The meeting features thirteen races spread over the first Friday and Saturday of November.

Entry to the races is decided by a jury of international handicappers, but there are also a number of "Win And You're In" (WAYI) races around the globe and throughout the calendar year. Below is a video form guide of all such races.

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Additionally, there is video form for all the main contenders. Use the search box to find a particular race or runner. All matching entries will be displayed.

Good luck!

DateRaceTrackCategoryDayRaceVideoNotable Runners
30 August 2017With Anticipation StakesSaratogaJuvenile Turf11ClickCatholic Boy, Untamed Domain
03 September 2017Del Mar Juvenile Turf StakesDel MarJuvenile Turf11ClickEncumbered
09 September 2017Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile StakesLeopardstownJuvenile Turf11ClickNelson
17 September 2017Summer StakesWoodbineJuvenile Turf11ClickUntamed Domain, Hemp Hemp Hurray
23 September 2017Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef StakesNewburyJuvenile Turf11Click (RUK subscribers only)James Garfield
30 September 2017Juddmonte Royal Lodge StakesNewmarketJuvenile Turf11ClickRoaring Lion
30 September 2017Juddmonte Middle Park StakesNewmarketJuvenile Turf11ClickU S Navy Flag, Sioux Nation, Beckford
30 September 2017Pilgrim StakesBelmont ParkJuvenile Turf11ClickSeabhac, Voting Control, Maraud
01 October 2017Qatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereChantillyJuvenile Turf11ClickHappily, Masar
08 October 2017Dixiana Bourbon StakesKeenelandJuvenile Turf11ClickFlameaway, Tap Daddy
09 October 2017Zuma Beach StakesSanta Anita ParkJuvenile Turf11ClickMy Boy Jack
7 May 2017Steve Sexton MileLone Star ParkDirt Mile12ClickMor Spirit, Iron Fist
27 May 2017Gold Cup at Santa AnitaSanta Anita ParkDirt Mile12ClickCupid, Midnight Storm
10 June 2017Metropolitan HandicapBelmont ParkDirt Mile12ClickMor Spirit, Sharp Azteca
8 July 2017Cornhusker HandicapPrairie MeadowsDirt Mile12ClickIron Fist
22 July 2017TVG San Diego HandicapDel MarDirt Mile12ClickAccelerate, Arrogate
30 July 2017Monmouth Cup StakesMonmouth ParkDirt Mile12ClickSharp Azteca
26 August 2017Priority One Jets Forego StakesSaratogaDirt Mile12ClickDrefong, Awesome Slew, Mind Your Biscuits
26 August 2017H. Allen Jerkens StakesSaratogaDirt Mile12ClickPractical Joke, Takaful
26 August 2017Pat O'Brien StakesDel MarDirt Mile12ClickGiant Expectations
23 September 2017Kelso HandicapBelmont ParkDirt Mile12ClickSharp Azteca
24 September 2017Oklahoma DerbyRemington ParkDirt Mile12ClickBattle Of Midway, Colonelsdarktemper, Gato Del Oro
31 August 2017P G Johnson StakesSaratogaJuvenile Fillies Turf13ClickOrbolution, Wild N Ready, Sassy Sienna
10 September 2017Moyglare Stud StakesCurragh RacecourseJuvenile Fillies Turf13ClickHappily, Magical, September
17 September 2017Natalma StakesWoodbineJuvenile Fillies Turf13ClickCapla Temptress, Dixie Moon, Wonder Gadot
29 September 2017Shadwell RockfelNewmarketJuvenile Fillies Turf13ClickJuliet Capulet, Nyaleti, Gavota
30 September 2017Cheveley Park StakesNewmarketJuvenile Fillies Turf13ClickClemmie, Madeline, Now You're Talking
01 October 2017Total Prix Marcel BoussacChantillyJuvenile Fillies Turf13ClickWIld Illusion, Magical
01 October 2017Miss Grillo StakesBelmont ParkJuvenile Fillies Turf13ClickSignificant Form, Best Performance, Orbolution
11 October 2017JP Morgan Chase Jessamine StakesKeenelandJuvenile Fillies Turf13ClickRushing Fall, Miss Mo Mentum
14 April 2017Apple Blossom HandicapOaklawn ParkDistaff14ClickStellar Wind, Terra Promessa
01 May 2017Gran Premio CriadoresPalermoDistaff14ClickKiriaki
03 June 2017Beholder MileSanta Anita ParkDistaff14ClickStellar Wind, Vale Dori, Finest City
10 June 2017Ogden Phipps StakesBelmont ParkDistaff14ClickSongbird, Highway Star
17 June 2017Fleur de Lis HandicapChurchill DownsDistaff14ClickForever Unbridled
23 July 2017Cotilllion StakesParxDistaff14ClickIt Tiz Well, Abel Tasman
30 July 2017Clement L. Hirsch HandicapDel MarDistaff14ClickStellar Wind, Vale Dori, Faithfully
19 August 2017Alabama HandicapSaratogaDistaff14ClickElate, It Tiz Well, New Money Honey, Mopotism
26 August 2017Personal Ensign H.SaratogaDistaff14ClickForever Unbridled
23 September 2017Coaching Club of America OaksSaratogaDistaff14ClickAbel Tasman, Elate
30 September 2017Beldame Invitational StakesBelmont ParkDistaff14ClickElate,
30 September 2017Zenyatta StakesSanta Anita ParkDistaff14ClickParadise Woods, Faithfully
08 October 2017Juddmonte Spinster StakesKeenelandDistaff14ClickRomantic Vision
02 September 2017Spinaway StakesSaratogaJuvenile Fillies25ClickLady Ivanka, Maya Malibu, Separationofpowers
2 September 2017Del Mar Debutante StakesDel MarJuvenile Fillies25ClickMoonshine Memories, Piedi Bianchi
16 September 2017Pocahontas StakesChurchill DownsJuvenile Fillies25ClickPatrona Margarita, Kelly's Humor
30 September 2017Chandelier StakesSanta Anita ParkJuvenile Fillies25ClickMoonshine Memories, Alluring Star, Piedi Bianchi
06 October 2017Darley Alcibiades StakesKeenelandJuvenile Fillies25ClickHeavenly Love, Princess Warrior, Kelly's Humor, Bet She Wins
07 October 2017Frizette StakesBelmont ParkJuvenile Fillies25ClickSeparationofpowers, Caledonia Road, Maya Malibu, Purrfect Miss
07 January 2017Maine Chance Farms Paddock StakesKenilworthFilly & Mare Turf26ClickBela-Bela
08 April 2017Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf StakesRandwickFilly & Mare Turf26ClickFoxplay
23 June 2017Coronation StakesAscotFilly & Mare Turf26ClickWinter, Roly Poly, Hydrangea,
25 June 2017Gran Premio PamplonaHipódromo de MonterricoFilly & Mare Turf26ClickBirdie Gold
22 July 2017Diana StakesSaratogaFilly & Mare Turf26ClickLady Eli, Quidura
12 August 2017Beverly D. StakesArlington ParkFilly & Mare Turf26ClickDacita, Grand Jete, Kitten's Roar
24 August 2017Darley Yorkshire OaksYorkFilly & Mare Turf26ClickEnable, Queen's Trust
26 August 2017Ballston Spa StakesSaratogaFilly & Mare Turf26ClickLady Eli
02 September 2017T. Von Zastrow StutenpreisBaden BadenFilly & Mare Turf26ClickAshiana
09 September 2017The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron StakesLeopardstownFilly & Mare Turf26ClickHydrangea, Winter, Wuheida, Roly Poly, Rhododendron
30 September 2017Rodeo Drive StakesSanta Anita ParkFilly & Mare Turf26ClickAvenge
01 October 2017Longines Prix de L'OperaChantillyFilly & Mare Turf26ClickRhododendron, Hydrangea, Queen's Trust, Senga, Wuheida
07 October 2017Sun Chariot StakesNewmarketFilly & Mare Turf26ClickRoly Poly,
07 October 2017First Lady StakesKeenelandFilly & Mare Turf26ClickZipessa
08 October 2017Flower Bowl Invitational StakesBelmont ParkFilly & Mare Turf26ClickWar Flag, Dacita, Grand Jete
18 February 2017General George StakesLaurel ParkSprint27ClickImperial Hint, Stallwalkin' Dude
01 July 2017Smile Sprint HandicapGulfstream ParkSprint27ClickImperial Hint
08 July 2017Belmont Sprint ChampionshipBelmont ParkSprint27ClickMind Your Biscuits, Awesome Slew
09 June 2017True North StakesBelmont ParkSprint27ClickRoy H, Stallwalkin' Dude, Whitmore
29 July 2017Alfred G Vanderbilt StakesSaratogaSprint27ClickEl Deal, Awesome Banner, Limousine Liberal
29 July 2017Bing Crosby StakesDel MarSprint27ClickRansom the Moon, Roy H
30 September 2017Vosburgh Invitational StakesBelmont ParkSprint27ClickTakaful, El Deal, Stallwalkin' Dude
07 October 2017Santa Anita Sprint ChampionshipSanta Anita ParkSprint27ClickRoy H, Giant Expectations, Ransom The Moon
06 October 2017Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesKeenelandSprint27ClickWhitmore, Awesome Banner, Limousine Liberal
01 April 2017Darley T. J. Smith StakesRandwickTurf Sprint28ClickChautauqua
09 April 2017Turf Monster StakesParxTurf Sprint28ClickPure Sensation, Mongolian Saturday, Holding Gold
10 June 2017Jaipur StakesBelmont ParkTurf Sprint28ClickDisco Partner, Green Mask, Hogy, Holding Gold, Pure Sensation
20 June 2017King's Stand StakesAscotTurf Sprint28ClickLady Aurelia, Marsha
02 July 2017Highlander StakesWoodbine RacetrackTurf Sprint28ClickGreen Mask
18 August 2017Del Mar Green Flash StakesDel MarTurf Sprint28ClickTribalist
25 August 2017Coolmore Nunthorpe StakesYorkTurf Sprint28ClickMarsha, Lady Aurelia
10 September 2017Derrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesCurragh RacecourseTurf Sprint28ClickCaravaggio
10 September 2017Allied Forces StakesBelmont ParkTurf Sprint28ClickWhite Flag, Big Handsome
01 October 2017Sprinters StakesNakayamaTurf Sprint28ClickRed Falx
01 October 2017Longines Prix de l'AbbayeChantillyTurf Sprint28ClickMarsha
07 October 2017Woodford StakesKeenelandTurf Sprint28ClickBucchero, Hogy, Mongolian Saturday
07 October 2017Belmont Turf Sprint StakesBelmont ParkTurf Sprint28ClickDisco Partner
04 September 2017Hopeful StakesSaratogaJuvenile29ClickSporting Chance, Free Drop Billy, Firenze Fire
04 September 2017Del Mar Futurity StakesDel MarJuvenile29ClickBolt d'Oro, Run Away
16 September 2017Iroquois StakesChurchill DownsJuvenile29ClickThe Tabulator, Hollywood Star
22 September 2017Bertram F Bongard StakesBelmont ParkJuvenile29ClickBattle Station
30 September 2017FrontRunner StakesSanta Anita ParkJuvenile29ClickBolt d'Oro, Solomini, Encumbered
07 October 2017Claiborne Breeders' FuturityKeenelandJuvenile29ClickFree Drop Billy, Lone Sailor
08 October 2017Foxwoods Champagne StakesBelmont ParkJuvenile29ClickFirenze Fire, Good Magic
25 May 2017Gran Premio 25 de MayoSan IsidroTurf210Click
Ordak Dan
02 June 2017Coronation CupEpsomTurf210ClickHighland Reel, Frontiersman
11 June 2017Gran Premio BrasilHipodromo de GaveaTurf210Click
Voador Magee
21 June 2017Prince of Wales's StakesAscotTurf210ClickHighland Reel, Ulysses, Queen's Trust, Decorated Knight
25 June 2017Takarazuka KinenHanshin RacecourseTurf210ClickSatono Crown
01 July 2017United Nations StakesMonmouth ParkTurf210ClickBigger Picture, Beach Patrol, Oscar Nominated
29 July 2017QIPCO King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesAscotTurf210Click
Enable
29 July 2017Bowling Green StakesSaratogaTurf210Click
Bigger Picture, Sadler's Joy
12 August 2017Arlington MillionArlington ParkTurf210ClickBeach Patrol, Fanciful Angel, Oscar Nominated, Divisidero
12 August 2017Secretariat StakesArlington ParkTurf210ClickOscar Performance
19 August 2017Del Mar HandicapDel MarTurf210Click
Hunt, Itsinthepost
23 August 2017Juddmonte International StakesYorkTurf210ClickUlysses, Decorated Knight
26 August 2017Sword Dancer Invitational StakesSaratogaTurf210ClickSadler's Joy, Money Multiplier, Frank Conversation
03 September 2017Longines Grosser Preis von BadenBaden BadenTurf210Click
Guignol
09 September 2017QIPCO Irish Champion StakesLeopardstownTurf210ClickDecorated Knight,
30 September 2017Joe Hirsch Turf Classic InvitationalBelmont ParkTurf210ClickBeach Patrol, Fanciful Angel, Oscar Performance, Sadler's Joy
01 October 2017Qatar Prix de l'Arc de TriompheChantillyTurf210Click
Cloth Of Stars, Ulysses,
01 October 2017John Henry Turf ChampionshipSanta Anita ParkTurf210Click
Itsinthepost, Frank Conversation
15 October 2017Pattinson Canadian InternationalWoodbineTurf210Click
Oscar Nominated
05 February 2017Las Virgenes StakesSanta Anita ParkFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
Unique Bella, Mopotism, Champagne Room
04 March 2017Santa Ysabel StakesSanta Anita ParkFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
Unique Bella, Abel Tasman
06 May 2017Humana Distaff StakesChurchill DownsFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
Paulassilverlining, Finest City, Carina Mia
01 July 2017Princess Rooney HandicapGulfstream ParkFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
Curlin's Approval
08 July 2017Great Lady M StakesLos AlamitosFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
Skye Diamonds, Constellation, Finest City
26 July 2017Honorable Miss StakesSaratogaFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
Paulassilverlining, Finley'sluckycharm, By The Moon
13 August 2017Rancho Bernardo StakesDel MarFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
Skye Diamonds, Constellation
26 August 2017Ballerina StakesSaratogaFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
By The Moon, Highway Star, Paulassilverlining, Curlin's Approval
24 September 2017Gallant Bloom HandicapBelmont ParkFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
Highway Star, Carina Mia
07 October 2017Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes
KeenelandFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
Finley'sluckycharm, Chalon
08 October 2017LA Woman StakesSanta Anita ParkFilly & Mare Sprint211Click
Unique Bella, Princess Karen
07 January 2017L'Ormarins Queen's Plate
KenilworthMile 212Click
Legal Eagle
01 April 2017 The Star Doncaster MileRandwickMile212Click
It's Somewhat
06 May 2017Turf ClassicChurchill DownsMile212Click
Divisidero, Beach Patrol, Oscar Nominated, Bal A Bali, Ballagh Rocks
28 May 2017Gran Premio de Hipico FalabellaClub Hipico de SantiagoMile212Click
Top Casablance
03 June 2017Shoemaker MileSanta Anita ParkMile212Click
Bal A Bali, Heart To Heart
04 June 2017Yasuda KinenTokyo RacecourseMile212Click
Satono Aladdin
10 June 2017Manhattan StakesBelmot ParkMile212Click
World Approval, Beach Patrol, Divisidero, Sadler's Joy
22 July 2017Eddie Read StakesDel MarMile212Click
Hunt, Mr. Roary,
02 August 2017Qatar Sussex StakesGoodwoodMile212Click
Here Comes When
12 August 2017Fourstardave Handicap StakesSaratogaMile212Click
World Approval, Ballagh Rocks
13 August 2017Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois
DeauvilleMile212Click
Al Wukair
20 August 2017Del Mar MileDel MarMile212Click
Blackjackcat, Om
04 September 2017Bernard Baruch Handicap StakesSaratogaMile212Click
Heart To Heart
16 September 2017Ricoh Woodbine MileWoodbineMile212Click
World Approval, Lancaster Bomber, Long On Value
07 October 2017Shadwell Turf MileKeenelandMile212Click
Suedois, Ballagh Rocks, Heart To Heart, Divisidero
07 October 2017Obviously MileSanta Anita ParkMile212Click
Blackjackcat
19 February 2017February StakesTokyo RacecourseClassic 213Click
Gold Dream
25 March 2017Dubai World CupMeydanClassic213Click
Arrogate, Gun Runner, Mubtaahij
22 April 2017Californian StakesSanta Anita ParkClassic213Click
Collected
17 June 2017Stephen Foster HandicapChurchill DownsClassic213Click
Gun Runner
24 June 2017Precisionist StakesSanta Anita ParkClassic 213Click
Collected, Accelerate
30 July 2017Haskell Invitational Monmouth ParkClassic213Click
Girvin, Battle Of Midway
05 August 2017The WhitneySaratogaClassic 213Click
Gun Runner, Keen Ice
19 August 2017TVG Pacific ClassicDel MarClassic213Click
Collected, Arrogate, Accelerate
26 August 2017Travers StakesSaratogaClassic213Click
West Coast, Gunnevera
02 September 2017Woodward StakesSaratogaClassic213Click
Gun Runner
23 September 2017Pennsylvania Derby StakesParxClassic213Click
West Coast
29 September 2017Koffy Diamond StakesDundalkClassic213Click
War Decree
30 September 2017 Awesome Again StakesSanta Anita ParkClassic213Click
Mubtaahij, Win The Space, Midnight Storm, Cupid, Curlin Rules
07 October 2017Jockey Club Gold Cup InvitationalBelmont ParkClassic213Click
Diversify, Keen Ice, Pavel

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Punting Debrief

highland-reel-sanita-1aBreeders' Cup XXXIII (or 33, as we like to say over here) was a feast of high class racing action. Although many of the main characters, let alone the bit part players, would be unfamiliar to most European viewers, the quality and competitiveness of the racing will have shone through the cathode ray tube in even the most grizzled of black and white tellybox households.

The problem with quality competitive races is that it makes punting fiendishly tricky. Last year across the same weekend, I'd managed to land on some bumper payoffs, and shared those suggestions with subscribers to the geegeez Breeders' Cup Compendium. Winners at 25/1, 14/1, 12/1, and on, were unlikely to be repeated; sadly, the reality was that winners of any colour were very hard to come by at a meeting where just one favourite obliged, and he was 12/1 for most of the day in UK.

Although there is a silver lining to this story, here in unnervingly realistic technicolour is my take on the picks in that report, race by race, along with the videos, so you can judge for yourself whether we were unlucky or I am merely deluded.

It started Friday night GMT, with the

Juvenile Turf

½ pt win GOOD SAMARITAN 6/1 - 3rd 5/2 (horror run, never nearer)

½ pt win BIG SCORE 10/1 - 5th 6/1 (never nearer)

¼ pt e/w CHANNEL MAKER 40/1 - 7th 28/1 (tracked leaders, weakened inside final furlong)

14 ran

Three decent value calls here, all easily beating SP. Good Samaritan was comfortably the best horse in the race but suffered a tough trip. He's one to follow.

"On the first turn, it looked like the horse in front of me clipped heels so I had to take a hold of Good Samaritan and wait a little longer. After all of the (early trouble), he responded very nicely. He´s a good horse" - Joel Rosario, jockey

**

Dirt Mile

3 pts win DORTMUND 11/10 - 4th 8/13 (chased leader, led 3f out, weakened)

¼ pt e/w TEXAS CHROME 25/1 - 9th 40/1 (midfield, soon beaten)

¼ pt e/w POINT PIPER 28/1 - 6th 33/1 (held up, never nearer)

9 ran

This was really all about Dortmund, who was massively disappointing. Many people's banker of the weekend - including mine - he was cooked turning in, along with a number of my own good-looking multiples.

**

Juvenile Fillies' Turf

¼ pt win LA CORONEL 9/1 - 6th 5/1 (held up wide, headway 2f out, kept on, never nearer)

¼ pt win VICTORY TO VICTORY 14/1 - Non-Runner

¼ pt win NEW MONEY HONEY 14/1 - WON 9/1 (prominent, quickened, kept on well)

¼ pt win RYMSKA 25/1 - 5th 20/1 (held up, kept on well, never near to challenge)

"I was further back than I wanted and was five, six wide so it was very difficult for La Coronel to win from there" - Florent Geroux, jockey

14 ran

A winner, albeit for fun stakes, and good runs from our other pair to make the line up. All well in front of SP again.

**

Distaff

1.5 pts win STELLAR WIND 7/2 - 4th 5/2 (missed break, pushed along, outpaced 2f out, kept on)

8 ran

Stellar Wind lost this at the start: she gave the other two at the head of the market five lengths or so at the gate, was sent wide rather than inside around the home turn costing more ground, and stayed on behind the duelling leaders inside the final quarter. This looked a pretty average big race ride to me.

**

SATURDAY

Juvenile Fillies

1 pt win YELLOW AGATE 6/1 - 10th 11/2 (short of room and hampered, lost position, steadily weakened)

1 pt e/w JAMYSON N’GINGER 12/1 - 5th 12/1 (held up, kept on, never nearer)

12 ran

Yellow Agate had a troubled passage - almost clipped heels - but was probably not good enough in truth. Jamyson N'Ginger was last at the end of the back stretch and managed to pass six of her rivals, but the birds had flown. She too got chopped at the start.

**

Filly & Mare Turf

1 pt win SEVENTH HEAVEN 3/1 - 4th 10/3 (midfield, kept on, nearest finish)

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½ pt e/w CATCH A GLIMPSE 25/1 - 8th 20/1 (led then tracked from 2nd, weakened final furlong)

13 ran

An inspired Frankie ride on Queen's Trust to win this, and I got the bet here totally wrong, not that I'd have been on Frankie in any case. Seventh Heaven is more of a 12f filly than 10f, and she ran like it. Catch A Glimpse was a fair call, running well for a long time, but the bet was over-staked - should have been ¼ pt e/w.

**

Sprint

1 pt win A.P. INDIAN 2/1 - 4th 9/4 (chased leaders, soon ridden, lost 3rd late on)

7 ran

The Indian had been on the go a long time, and that may have been the issue here. So too may have been the trip west, though he's proven on the road having won at four different tracks in 2016. Either way, he didn't bring his A game to the table, and was never in this. Disappointing effort. Hats off to the winner, another huge Baffert improver.

**

Turf Sprint

½ pt e/w HOLY LUTE 16/1 - 6th 20/1 (midfield, pushed along entering straight, outpaced)

½ pt e/w CELESTINE 10/1 - 12th 7/1 (in rear, soon beaten)

½ pt e/w AMBITIOUS BREW 14/1 (midfield, hung on the bend 2f out, weakened)

14 ran

Ugh. I was happy to take three shots here, but they should have all been penny plays in a wide open race. I over-staked by two here. Amazingly, this was the one race the favourite won in the entire meeting. He was a 'class turnback' horse (Grade 1 performer dropping to 6.5f), the same as Celestine and A Lot; and that angle seems to hold sway at the moment over the course specialists when the Turf Sprint comes to Santa Anita. It's a wacky race...

**

Juvenile

½ pt e/w THEORY 10/1 - 10th 12/1 (tracked leaders, soon beaten)

¼ pt e/w LOOKIN AT LEE 33/1 - 4th 33/1 (held up, kept on, never nearer)

11 ran

Another wide open race. Theory ran a limp sort of race, but Lookin At Lee was a place away from hitting the board. In fairness, he was a couple of lengths behind the third but his jockey might have asked for more earlier. No real complaints though. The second horse, Not This Time, was a bit unlucky and quotes of 14/1 for the Kentucky Derby for a locally-trained colt who should relish the longer distance are reasonable, though not especially exciting.

**

Turf

2 pts win FLINTSHIRE 5/2 - 2nd 2/1 (prominent, kept on but no chance with winner)

¼ pt e/w MONEY MULTIPLIER 40/1 - 6th 25/1 (in touch, outpaced a furlong out)

12 ran

I wrote this in the guide:

I have backed Flintshire. I think he has a rock solid chance to become the first horse aged six or above to win the Turf, and I will win a pretty penny if he does. My historical hoodoo in the race, however, means you’d probably be foolish to follow me in, even though his price on the day ought to be slightly shorter than the current 5/2 (11/4 Betway if you can get on with them). Found deserves enormous respect for her exploits over the past two seasons, and she’s an incredibly consistent top class mare. But surely this is a bridge too far. Surely! Highland Reel is a slightly fresher horse, and the pace – or lack of it – in the race could play into his hands. He has real class, and I think he’s the biggest danger. Of the rest, there will be worse each way bets over the weekend than Money Multiplier, and Ulysses would not be a shock winner if living up to the murmurings.

The winning ride was as enterprising as it was predictable, and I should have had a saver on it in the picks. But it should have probably not been necessary had Javier Castellano not been caught in a trap - horses front and right - at a key juncture in the race. The pain of this race just keeps burning...

2016 2nd Flintshire
2015 2nd Golden Horn
2014 2nd Flintshire
2013 2nd The Fugue
2012 3rd St Nicholas Abbey
2011 6th Midday
2010 3rd Bekhabad (I still can't believe Dangerous Midge won!)
2009 WON Conduit (whoop)
2008 4th Soldier Of Fortune
2007 5th Dylan Thoma (possibly my worst Breeders' Cup result ever, though a number of contenders are in this list)
2006 Ah, enough already - 6th Hurricane Run for the record...

I. Hate. This. Race. (I just watched the tape again, and it looks worse every time I see it...)

**

Filly & Mare Sprint

1 pt win HAVEYOUGONEAWAY 9/2 - 7th 4/1 (midfield, kept on)

½ pt e/w BY THE MOON 9/1 - 5th 8/1 (tracked leaders, no extra)

13 ran

No real excuses, just a couple of sub-par efforts, though Haveyougoneaway probably should have been racing earlier, having tanked into the straight.

**

Mile

½ pt e/w IRONICUS 10/1 - 4th 9/2 (held up, stopped 2f out, finished well)

½ pt win TEPIN 3/1 - 2nd 7/2 (held up, chased winner but always held)

14 ran

I have no idea how Tourist won this. He showed hitherto unseen dash to repel Tepin's game charge. Maybe it was the sizzling pace which he's not faced too often in his races. Ironicus did what Ironicus now seems to do, and finish fast and (too too) late. This race rather summed things up, with the win bet finishing 2nd and the each way play smashing SP and finishing 4th.

**

Classic

2 pts win ARROGATE 11/4 - WON 7/4 (prominent, headway 2f out, got up last 50 yards)

1/5th pt e/w HOPPERTUNITY 28/1 - 4th 20/1 (held up, ran on, not reach leaders)

1/10th pt e/w WIN THE SPACE 100/1 - 9th 100/1 (in rear, soon beaten)

9 ran

A winner of the finale, and a terrific race, too. We might have nicked a couple more place shekels as Hoppertunity just failed to collar Keen Ice in the last stride. The top two were eleven lengths clear, and are probably the best pair of racehorses in the world right now. If you haven't watched this year, it's worth the time. Arrogate is a machine.

**

At the end of it all, as a result of some tough races, some tough luck, and some poor staking/picking, we finished down 15 points. Ouch. It was five weeks of work to produce 15,000 words, pace charts, stats tables, form summaries and so on... and when it pans out like 2015 it is a thing of wonder. When it pans out like 2016, it is a desperate waste of time. Alas, we only know after the fact which it will be: the effort expended was the same, the results achieved polarically different.

It will be little consolation to most that I crashed and burned as badly as those who followed me in. However, what may be of some consolation is the following...

I mentioned on Saturday that I had decided to donate £10 (50%) from every gross sale to the Injured Jockeys' Fund in light of the unthinkable news about Freddy Tylicki. Partly as a result of how things went picks-wise over the weekend, and partly because it's just a decent thing to do, I'm not going to send them 50%. I'm going to send 75% of the gross revenues.

201 of you signed up for a copy of the Compendium - you can download it here if you want to have a flick through - for gross sales of £4,020. Although I have to pay a handful of affiliate commissions, plus VAT, PayPal fees, and tax on all of those sales, I will pledge £3,015 to IJF on behalf of the geegeez readership. I'll take a small hit financially, and write off a lot of work time. But so what? It's irrelevant in the grand scheme when sat next to, well, most things in truth, but certainly the events of Kempton Park last week and the distinctly unwelcome lasting legacy of that afternoon.

I'm really sorry results were so frustrating/disappointing/naff* (*delete as applicable), but at least we've been able to support a fantastic charity at a time of keen focus.

In the coming days, when I work out how to, I will add permanent buttons for visitors to donate directly to either of IJF or Racing Welfare any time they'd like to. That is, of course, entirely optional, but if, say, you have a nice win - perhaps because of the toolkit inside Geegeez Gold - you might like to send a couple of coins to a worthy cause.

Thank you so much for supporting the Compendium and, for those who only signed up because of the charitable element, special thanks. To all, I'm really sorry it didn't work out better this time.

Best Regards,

Matt

Breeders’ Cup: Bankers or Blowouts?

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Bankers or Blowouts?

The 2016 production of Breeders’ Cup poses as many questions as any of the 32 renewals that preceded it, with two days of high class closure promised against that film set backdrop of the San Gabriel mountains this weekend.

Three of the most poignant riddles can be found where the shortest of the thirteen Breeders’ Cup race favourites are reposed: in the Dirt Mile, the Distaff, and the Classic itself.

Dortmund (Dirt Mile), Songbird (Distaff) and California Chrome (Classic) have shown themselves to be champion material, but are they more likely to get the job done or come unstitched by the elevated company, and the specific demands, of this weekend’s assignments? In short, is this trio comprised of bankers, or blowouts?

My thoughts below are primarily based on an interpretation of market value, as opposed to who the most likely winner may be. That ought to become apparent as you skip through.

Dirt Mile

Dortmund is favoured, at around even money in the early wagering skirmishes, to prevail in the Dirt Mile on Friday. Maligned by some as the easy option for Chrome-dodging Classic contenders, it shaped to be a more intriguing – if less high class – encounter than the showpiece until the defection of Frosted to that latter finale.

Of those who are engaged, Dortmund’s form in not winning towers above his ‘Dirty Mile’ rivals. A sequence of second-third-second relates that he was closest to California Chrome twice, and only bested by that one and super-smart mare, Beholder, when settling for bronze in between.

He’s two from two at a mile, albeit in lesser company, and ‘turns back’ to that distance here, a tactic consistently adopted by Dirt Mile winners (perhaps offering credence to those who say this is the slot for failed Classic aspirants).

The big danger, possibly the only danger, was Frosted, Godolphin’s gorgeous grey. But he turns his back on the turn back, even after recording a monster 123 Beyer speed figure in the Metropolitan Handicap over a mile three starts ago.

In Frosted’s absence, the market has Runhappy and Gun Runner as the most credible alternatives. This pair of runners don’t look cut from the same cloth as the horse named after a German city, and which runs in the colours of the stars and stripes.

Regular readers will know of my hitherto unwavering affection for Runhappy, a horse who shunned raceday medication when thrusting a small town girl trainer into the limelight as he seared home in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

But it’s been more Unhappy than Runhappy since then. An acrimonious split between horse and trainer has seen the four-year-old son of Super Saver race just twice more. The first of that pair was in the Malibu Stakes last December, when he was good enough to beat Grade 1 opposition over seven furlongs.

The second was more than nine months later, five weeks ago, in the Ack Ack Handicap, a Grade 3 over a mile. On that first attempt at the mile, he weakened out of it in the final eighth. Of course, there’s every chance he’ll improve for the much-needed run; but still, that wasn’t the sort of performance that strikes fear into a horse of the class of Dortmund.

Gun Runner is a three-year-old who was good enough, and precocious enough, to be third in the Kentucky Derby in early May. He’s been on the go ever since, racking up seven starts and three wins in 2016. But his Grade 1 scorecard is blank with a pair of bronzes rounded out by a fifteen-length trouncing at the hands of the enigma that is Arrogate – more of him anon.

It is possible that Dortmund could be compromised by a battle for the early lead with Runhappy, but more likely is that he’ll track that one’s superior sprint toe and pick him off somewhere in the final 330 yards.

To my eye, and through my wallet, Dortmund looks banker material, and I’ve played him as such in a dutched double with Lord Nelson and A P Indian in the Sprint.

Dortmund: Banker

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Distaff

Eleven runs, eleven wins, by an aggregate of 60 ½ lengths. What is not to love about the beautiful Songbird? Honestly? Nothing. And yet…

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If we poke a little deeper into that spotless record, there are a couple of niggles. Three in fact.

The first is the clock, or at least the Beyer interpretation of ol’ tickety-tock. Songbird has troubled the triple digit trackers only once in that eleven-race sequence when she recorded a 101. In her defence – not that she needs my support there – that career high speed figure was produced in her only try at the nine-furlong Distaff distance. Moreover, it is not her fault that she’s been unextended to bash the daylights out of every filly reckless enough to line up alongside. And yet…

In four juvenile starts she raced exclusively against her own age group. There’s nothing wrong with that of course – it’s absolutely the norm. But in seven races this term, she has still yet to face an older rival. Here she is then, stepping out of Under-21 class and into Open company for the first time. Is she good enough? Probably. Possibly. It depends on the quality of the open company she will face.

And therein lies the third niggle. She is facing not one but two extremely talented older horses in Beholder and Stellar Wind.

Beholder was considered the main – many felt, the only – danger to American Pharoah in the 2015 Classic until spiking a temperature after a troubled ride to Keeneland and scratching from the main event, where she was bidding for a record third Breeders’ Cup win in three different events. There are no such travel headaches here, on her home sand, where she has a record of 13 wins from 15 starts.

She was second in the other two, once in 2013 and then last time out, a neck behind Stellar Wind. Beholder is six now and, though she carries her class brilliantly – she’s notched Beyer figures of 101-101-106-110 in her last four starts – there is an aura of aging susceptibility about a finishing position sequence of 1222 in that quartet of rapid shemozzles.

It can readily be argued that she was unlucky to record a 110 and get beaten – not many horses do that each year – and it was against Stellar Wind to whom she gave best, by no more than a neck, in a thrilling stretch battle. Her conqueror, a four-year-old daughter of Curlin, has been lightly raced this season, competing just three times.

Beaten into second by Beholder on the first of those, she has turned the tables in both subsequent matchups, and her form cycle has a likably upward trajectory to it. She looks set to enjoy a good trip just off the heels of the leaders – expected to be Beholder, I’m A Chatterbox, and possibly Songbird – and if she can match or better her last run she is the biggest danger to Songbird’s unbeaten sequence.

It looks a fantastic race, and one which is very hard to call. My heart says Songbird, my value head says Stellar Wind.

Songbird: Blowout (but I hope I’m wrong)

Classic

And so to the main event, and the coronation of a homecoming king, California Chrome. That’s how things look betting-wise, but is it as cut and dried as that? An almost full field tells you that plenty are prepared to buy a ticket in this $6 million lottery. Sadly for some wannabe’s in that midst, not all tickets are issued equally in this draw.

The Classic credentials of Chrome are as immediately appealing as those of Songbird in the Distaff: an unblemished six-for-six record in 2016 that has taken in the $10 million Dubai World Cup amongst two other Grade 1 scores.

Chromey’s consistency on the clock is confirmed with ratings of 111-113-112 in his last three outings, numbers that would usually be good enough to claim a Classic. And that might well be how it comes to pass: there may be a coronation but there is unlikely to be a procession in the manner of American Pharoah’s Beholder-less romp last year.

Here, even if you discount the prospects of Frosted, as I do – form of 42375 at 1m2f and beyond, his blitzkrieging 123 speed figure recorded over a mile, the Dirt Mile the obvious slot for him – there remains a monumental fly in the ointment.

His name is Arrogate and, if you’ve never heard of him, that’s all right. Very few people outside of the Southern California scene had prior to his last run. There, he vanned from coast to coast to rock up as an ‘also ran’ 12/1 poke in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, having compiled a four-game unbeaten streak in maiden special weights and optional allowance claimers: not the stuff of Grade 1 winners as a rule.

There were no rules when Arrogate smashed his field to smithereens in the manner of a UFC champion gone doolally at an amateur boxing club. At the first call he had a lead of half a length. Half a mile into that ten-furlong top class event, he’d extended his advantage to a length. After six furlongs, he was two up, and at the mile the lead had stretched out to seven and a half lengths over a field of genuine Grade 1 horses.

In the last quarter, he ran them ragged, adding another six lengths to the second horse’s distance beaten tally, under little more than hand urging.

It was a mesmerizing, sensational, jaw-dropping, clock-stopping performance. A new track record over an oft-run distance at a Grade 1 track, Saratoga. Despite what was close to a perfect trip, there was no fluke about this effort.

Arrogate has trained up to the Classic since then, a tactic at which his trainer, Bob Baffert, is a past master. His works have been ridiculous, causing clockers to get uncomfortably moist in that corner of Santa Anita racetrack to the right of the stabling. Can he back that Travers effort up? That, dear reader, is the six-million-dollar question. If he can, he almost certainly wins.

It will be extremely interesting to watch how the Classic unfolds: both California Chrome and Arrogate are blood and thunder front runners generally, and what a sight it would be if they set to it from the gate, had the rest beaten off by the home turn, and slugged it out up the straight. These things almost never go according to such a populist script, but maybe, just maybe, this Classic will be that classic tussle.

As a footnote, there is a third possibility that the two prime contenders burn each other out, setting things up for an unconsidered closer. It happened in 2011 when Drosselmeyer outstayed them at Churchill Downs, and front running is not normally the way Classics are won.

With a terrific race in prospect, Cal Chrome is too short at around even money, in spite of his obvious win chance. I think Arrogate is the most exciting horse in the world right now and, though I’ve missed the price while deliberating the repeatability of that Travers phenom, I will be in his corner come Saturday evening.

California Chrome: Blowout (just)

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Breeders’ Cup 2016 Pre-Entries Announced

Breeders' Cup 2016 Form and Picks

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The pre-entries for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, hosted at Santa Anita, California, have been announced this afternoon. Europe has 28 of the pre-entries, though a number require luck to make the cut, and are currently hovering in the ‘Also Eligible’ lists.

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for 18 of the European pre-entries, five of them cross-entered in multiple races, and outlined his plans earlier today. Of his trio in the Juvenile Fillies’ Turf, Promise To Be True is more likely to run in France this weekend, but both Roly Poly – who has stamina to prove – and dual Group 1 runner up, Hydrangea, are expected to board the plane from Ballydoyle on Monday.

O’Brien is doubly pre-entered in the Juvenile Turf as well, with another Group 1 second, Lancaster Bomber, joined by Intelligence Cross.

On Saturday, the Coolmore squad spread out across the turf races and may also saddle Found in the Classic. Seventh Heaven will attempt to show her Ascot Champions’ Day effort to be all wrong in the Filly and Mare Turf, where she could be joined by stablemate, Pretty Perfect. Alice Springs is also entered here, as a second preference to her more likely appearance in the Mile.

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Washington DC has been engaged in what could be a fascinating Turf Sprint, and Highland Reel is the main Ballydoyle runner in the Turf. The latter may also be joined by Mondialiste, whose official preference is for the Mile, but is understood to be under strong consideration for the longer event; and Sir Michael Stoute’s “forgotten” horse, Ulysses, could lay claim to being ‘the wrong Euro’ this time around in a race which rarely goes according to the European hierarchy.

Arc winner, Found, will attempt to become the first Ballydoyle winner of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, in what would rank as one of the most remarkable CV’s in horse racing history. Found already has that Arc victory as well as a Breeders’ Cup Turf title to her name.

Henry Candy affirmed his excitement about running Limato in the Mile, a race in which Britain has not had a winner since Barathea in 1994. Limato flies out on Saturday, and will likely do very little on the Santa Anita track prior to his big date a week later.

No decision has yet been made about the application of Lasix, though the trainer is cautiously leaning towards running without the raceday medication.

The wise guy horse in the Mile may well turn out to be yet another Ballydoyle entry, Cougar Mountain. O’Brien confirmed earlier today that he was an intended runner, saying, “He loves fast ground and a good pace, like [when a length third] in the Queen Anne – that’s when he gives his best running”.

Bettors and racing fans now have slightly more shape to the race programme across Breeders’ Cup weekend, with the next – and final – stage being the post position draw and field confirmations next Monday.

Readers keen to get a head start on their Breeders’ Cup homework may be interested to know that geegeez’ Breeders’ Cup Compendium 2016 is available now. Full details can be found here.

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Mile Video Form Guide

One of the hardest to swallow Breeders' Cup stats - if you're British or Irish at least - is that those two nations are zero from their last 52 runners in the Mile, a sequence stretching all the way back to Ridgewood Pearl in 1995. Mondialiste went close last year, but it was US mare, Tepin, who got it done, and she will be favoured for the repeat in a race which has seen plenty double - or even triple - up.

Breeders' Cup Mile 2016 Video Form Guide

E.P.Taylor Stakes (1m2f, Woodbine, firm)


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Matron Stakes (1m, Leopardstown, good)


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Prix du Moulin (1m, Chantilly, good to firm)

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Lennox Stakes (7f, Goodwood, good to firm)

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Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (1m, Keeneland, firm)

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Manhattan Handicap Stakes (1m2f, Belmont, firm)


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Sun Chariot Stakes (1m, Newmarket, good to firm)


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Prix de la Foret (7f, Chantilly, good to firm)


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Swingtime Stakes (1m, Santa Anita, firm)


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Del Mar Mile Stakes (1m, Del Mar, firm)


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Shoemaker Mile (1m, Santa Anita, firm)


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Arlington Million (1m2f, Arlington, firm)


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City Of Hope Mile (1m, Santa Anita, firm)


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Queen Anne Stakes (1m, Ascot, soft)


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Woodbine Mile (1m, Woodbine, good)


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Frank E. Kilroe Mile (1m, Santa Anita, good)

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Full 2016 Breeders' Cup Video Form Race Index

Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic

 

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Filly & Mare Turf Video Form Guide

This used to be a great race for Europe but, in recent times, it's been a home team benefit. Only Sir Michael Stoute's 2013 winner, Dank, has prevented a clean sweep for the locals since 2009.

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf 2016 Video Form Guide

E.P.Taylor Stakes (1m2f, Woodbine, firm)


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Beverly D. Stakes (1m 1 1/2f, Arlington, firm)


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Rodeo Drive Stakes (1m2f, Santa Anita, firm)

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Flower Bowl Stakes (1m2f, Belmont, firm)

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Ballston Spa Stakes (1m1/2f, Saratoga, firm)

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First Lady Stakes (1m, Keeneland, firm)


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Prix de l'Opera (1m2f, Chantilly, good to firm)


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Clasico Pamplona (1m2f, Monterrico (Peru), good)


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Yorkshire Oaks (1m4f, York, good to firm)


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Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (1m1f, Keeneland, firm)


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J & B Met (1m2f, Kenilworth, good)

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Full 2016 Breeders' Cup Video Form Race Index

Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Juvenile Video Form Guide

Not hugely lauded here in Blighty, the Juvenile is one of the main events for the Stateside audience, heralding as it does the early Triple Crown protagonists. Last year's winner, Nyquist, went on to Kentucky Derby glory this season, and these lads will be aiming for a similarly noteworthy double.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile 2016 Video Form Guide

Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1m1/2f, Keeneland, fast)


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Hopeful Stakes (7f, Saratoga, fast)


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Champagne Stakes (1m, Belmont, fast)

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Grey Stakes (1m1/2f, Woodbine, fast (synthetic))

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FrontRunner Stakes (1m1/2f, Santa Anita, fast)

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Del Mar Futurity Stakes (7f, Del Mar, fast)


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Iroquois Stakes (1m1/2f, Churchill Downs, muddy)


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In Reality Stakes (1m1/2f, Gulfstream Park, fast)


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Dr Fager Stakes (6f, Gulfstream Park, fast)

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Full 2016 Breeders' Cup Video Form Race Index

Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Turf Video Form Guide

The Breeders' Cup Turf has been a tremendous battle ground between Europe and America over the years, and the 2016 edition looks another evenly matched contest. Flintshire will be the main US hope, his defeat last time attributed to the ground more than anything, but he faces a strong raiding party headed by teak tough globetrotter, Highland Reel. Here are some tapes to help the form study process.

Breeders' Cup Turf 2016 Video Form Guide

John Henry Turf Championship Stakes (1m2f, Santa Anita, firm)


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American St Leger Stakes (1m5 1/2f, Arlington, firm)


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Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (1m4f, Belmont, yielding)

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Canadian International Stakes (1m4f, Woodbine, firm)

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King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1m4f, Ascot, good to firm)

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Sword Dancer Stakes (1m4f, Saratoga, firm)


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Manhattan Handicap Stakes (1m2f, Belmont, firm)


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Hong Kong Vase 2015 (1m4f, Sha Tin, good)


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Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1m4f, Chantilly, good)

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Del Mar Handicap Stakes (1m3f, Del Mar, firm)

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Northern Dancer Stakes (1m4f, Woodbine, good)


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Bowling Green Stakes (1m3f, Saratoga, firm)

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Full 2016 Breeders' Cup Video Form Race Index

Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Classic Video Form Guide

"The Best Is Yet To Come" is the Breeders' Cup slogan, and it certainly was apt last year when Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, routed his field in a procession. A year later, and the bookmakers believe California Chrome will do likewise in the 2016 renewal, but do these race replays display any chinks in the Chrome armour?

Breeders' Cup Classic 2016 Video Form Guide

Travers Stakes (1m2f, Saratoga, fast)


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Awesome Again Stakes (1m1f, Santa Anita, fast)


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Pacific Classic Stakes (1m2f, Del Mar, fast)

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San Diego Handicap Stakes (1m1/2f, Del Mar, fast)

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Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (1m2f, Belmont, fast)

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Whitney Handicap Stakes (1m1f, Saratoga, fast)


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Woodward Stakes (1m1f, Saratoga, fast)


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Metropolitan Mile Stakes (1m, Belmont, fast)


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Kentucky Derby (1m2f, Churchill Downs, fast)

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Haskell Invitational Stakes (1m1f, Monmouth Park, sloppy)

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Santa Anita Gold Cup Stakes (1m2f, Santa Anita, fast)


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Oaklawn Handicap Stakes (1m1f, Oaklawn Park, fast)

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Full 2016 Breeders' Cup Video Form Race Index

Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Sprint Video Form Guide

Fast, furious, and generally a war of attrition down the lane, the Breeders' Cup Sprint is historically the toughest race to predict. A median win dividend of $27.60 when the race has been run at Santa Anita is trumped only by the median exacta return of $270.70 at Arcadia. Do NOT expeect a repeat of last year's top of the market 1-2!

Breeders' Cup Sprint 2016 Video Form Guide

Alfred G Vanderbilt Stakes (6f, Saratoga, fast)


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Forego Stakes (7f, Saratoga, fast)


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Ogden Phoenix Stakes (6f, Keeneland, fast)

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Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (6f, Santa Anita, fast)

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Smile Sprint Stakes (6f, Gulfstream Park, fast)

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King's Bishop Stakes (7f, Saratoga, fast)


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Vosburgh Stakes (6f, Belmont, muddy)


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Bing Crosby Stakes (6f, Del Mar, fast)


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Triple Bend Stakes (7f, Santa Anita, fast)

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Pat O'Brien Stakes (7f, Del Mar, fast)

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Gallant Bob Stakes (6f, Parx, fast)

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Full 2016 Breeders' Cup Video Form Race Index

Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Filly & Mare Sprint Video Form Guide

A long sprint, seven furlongs, for the girls only. Wavell Avenue defends her title but she'll have plenty of better fancied challengers. Can she roll back to the form of last year at Keeneland?

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 2016 Video Form Guide

PID Masters Stakes (6 1/2f, Presque Isle Downs, fast (synthetic))


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Ballerina Stakes (7f, Saratoga, fast)


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Bed O' Roses Handicap Stakes (7f, Belmont, fast)

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Rancho Bernardo Stakes (6 1/2f, Del Mar, fast)

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Great Lady M Stakes (6 1/2f, Los Alamitos, fast)

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LA Woman Stakes (6 1/2f, Santa Anita, fast)


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Honorable Miss Stakes (6f, Saratoga, fast)


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TCA Stakes (6f, Keeneland, fast)


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Test Stakes (7f, Saratoga, fast)

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Gallant Bloom Handicap Stakes (6 1/2f, Belmont, muddy)

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2015 Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (7f, Keeneland, fast)

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Full 2016 Breeders' Cup Video Form Race Index

Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Turf Sprint Video Form Guide

Quirky. That's the only way to describe Santa Anita's six and a half furlong sprint track. It is unique, rolling as it does down a hill for five furlongs, with first a dogleg right and finally a sharp left over the dirt course and onto the inner turf for the final furlong or so. Things change fast, and this is a race as exciting to watch as it is precarious to wager. Buckle up for some tellybox form pointers.

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint 2016 Video Form Guide

Eddie D Stakes (Division 1, 6 1/2f, Santa Anita, firm)


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Eddie D Stakes (Division 2, 6 1/2f, Santa Anita, firm)


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Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational Stakes (6f, Belmont, firm)

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Jaipur Stakes (6f, Belmont, firm)

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Green Flash Handicap (5f, Del Mar, firm)

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Prix de la Foret (7f, Chantilly, good to firm)


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Woodford Stakes (5 1/2f, Keeneland, firm)


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Parx Dash (5f, Parx, yielding)


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Prix Maurice de Gheest (6 1/2f, Deauville, good to firm)

 

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Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Juvenile Fillies’ Video Form Guide

The opening race of nine Breeders' Cup heats on Saturday 5th November is the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Won last year by the now unbeaten-in-eleven Songbird, here are some visual clues as to which of 2016's juvenile fillies might challenge to claim her tiara.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' 2016 Video Form Guide

Chandelier Stakes (1m 1/2f, Santa Anita, fast)


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Frizette Stakes (1m, Belmont, fast)


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Alcibiades Stakes (1m 1/2f, Keeneland, fast)

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Spinaway Stakes (7f, Saratoga, fast)

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Del Mar Debutante Stakes (7f, Del Mar, fast)

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Full 2016 Breeders' Cup Video Form Race Index

Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup 2016: Day 1 Video Form Guide

One of the many great things about American racing form study, and Breeders' Cup form study in particular, is that most of the big race videos are available online. To get your Breeders' Cup reconnaissance into overdrive, and to save you the trouble of trawling, I've put together this comprehensive video library for Friday's four Breeders' Cup races, starting with the...

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf 2016 Video Form Guide

Willis Towers Watson Champion Juvenile Stakes (1m, good)


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Summer Stakes (1m, firm)


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Royal Lodge Stakes (1m, good to firm)

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Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (1m, good)

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Bourbon Stakes (1m 1/2f, firm)

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Zuma Beach Stakes (1m, firm)


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Pilgrim Stakes (1m 1/2f, yielding)

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Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile 2016 Video Form Guide

Metropolitan Handicap (1m, fast)


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Pat O'Brien Stakes (7f, fast)

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Stephen Foster Handicap (1m 1f, fast)


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Woodward Stakes (1m 1f, fast)


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Super Derby (1m 1f, fast)


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Awesome Again Stakes (1m1f, fast)


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Ack Ack Handicap (1m, wet fast)


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Travers Stakes (1m2f, fast)


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Pennsylvania Derby (1m 1f, fast)


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Kelso Handicap (1m, fast)


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Oklahoma Derby (1m 1f, fast)


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Whitney Handicap (1m 1f, fast)


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Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf 2016 Video Form Guide

Moyglare Stud Stakes (7f, yielding)

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Natalma Stakes (1m, firm)

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Rockfel Stakes (7f, good to firm)

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P G Johnson Stakes (1m 1/2f, firm)

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Prix Marcel Boussac (1m, good)

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Jessamine Stakes (1m 1/2f, firm)

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Miss Grillo Stakes (Belmont, 1m 1/2f, yielding)

Fillies' Mile (1m, good to firm)

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Breeders' Cup Distaff 2016 Video Form Guide

Zenyatta Stakes (1m 1/2f, fast)


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Gran Premio Criadores (1m 2f, fast)


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Personal Ensign Stakes (1m 1f, fast)


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Beldame Invitational Stakes (1m 1f, fast)


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 Spinster Stakes (1m 1f, fast)


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Alabama Stakes (1m 2f, fast)

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Cotillion Stakes (1m 1/2f, fast)


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Clement Hirsch Stakes (1m 1/2f, fast)


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Full 2016 Breeders' Cup Video Form Race Index

Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup: Jockeys To Follow

Yesterday, I wrote about trainers whose records are worth noting, either positively or negatively, at the Breeders' Cup. That post is here. Today, let's look at jockeys through the same porthole...

Top Breeders' Cup Jockeys

The leading jockey in Breeders' Cup history, with 21 wins from 111 rides, is Mike Smith. He's been responsible for steering the likes of Zenyatta and Drosselmeyer to Classic glory, but he may be remembered more than anything for not quite getting to Blame in the 2010 renewal of the great race when riding Zenyatta in her swansong.

His strike rate of 19% is excellent for such a big meeting, and he will again have a great book of rides, headlined by Songbird, favourite for Saturday's opening race, the Juvenile Fillies.

Next in on number of winners is Johnny V, or John Velazquez as he's better known. JV has claimed the plaudits on 13 occasions, though punters need to be wary of his measly 9.35% strike rate. Those thirteen winners came at the expense of 126 losers. Ouch. The pick of Johnny V's eleven BC mounts could be Rachel's Valentina in the Juvenile Fillies, though of course he'll need to beat Mike Smith!

More of a punters' pal is the evergreen Frankie Dettori, a respected pilot around the world in spite of a colourful career and occasional clownish antics. His record more than justifies the reverence: 11 winners from just 82 BC starts, for a 13.4% strike rate. Frankie has seven rides, four of which are currently 5/1 or shorter, including odds on Turf jolly, Golden Horn.

Looking specifically at the the jockeys with the highest strike rates from ten or more Breeders' Cup starts, Ryan Moore's 6 from 33 - all since 2008 - make him a man for whom to keep an eye out. He's currently legged up on nine BC horses, five of which are 4/1 or shorter, and which include even money FM Turf favourite, Legatissimo.

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At the other end of the spectrum, Jamie Spencer has now gone 18 BC rides without a win, though he couldn't have been any closer to breaking his duck on his most recent start: Toast Of New York was denied by a nose, and by a stewards' enquiry, of their claim to the 2014 BC Classic.

He has just the big priced juvenile turf filly, Mirage, to ride on Friday's card.

But it is the American Pharoah's jockey, Victor Espinoza, who will be the biggest name on the cold list. He's ridden 53 BC contenders, with just two winners (3.8%) and only eight even making the frame (15%). In fairness to Victor, his wins were on Spain at 56/1 in the 2000 Distaff, and Take Charge Brandi at 62/1 in last year's Juvie Fillies!

Below is the full list of past and present pilots for you to peruse and ponder their prior performance.

Matt

p.s. Isn't it time you got hold of my Breeders' Cup Compendium? Nine of the thirteen races are now complete, with just four grass events to finish. I'm trying to get a read on the state of the turf track before writing those up, as going is obviously crucial to betting decisions.

Grab your copy for £15 here, and get clued up to the eyeballs ahead of the weekend's action!

Name Starters 1st 2nd 3rd Win %  1-2% 1-2-3%
Mike E. Smith 111 21 10 7 18.92% 27.93% 34.23%
Jerry D. Bailey 102 15 12 14 14.71% 26.47% 40.20%
John R. Velazquez 139 13 16 18 9.35% 20.86% 33.81%
Garrett K. Gomez 83 13 12 9 15.66% 30.12% 40.96%
Pat Day 117 12 17 11 10.26% 24.79% 34.19%
Lanfranco Dettori 82 11 5 9 13.41% 19.51% 30.49%
Gary L. Stevens 111 10 17 12 9.01% 24.32% 35.14%
Corey S. Nakatani 86 10 10 11 11.63% 23.26% 36.05%
Chris J. McCarron 101 9 12 7 8.91% 20.79% 27.72%
Jose A. Santos 65 7 2 4 10.77% 13.85% 20.00%
Patrick A. Valenzuela 59 7 1 4 11.86% 13.56% 20.34%
Eddie J. Delahoussaye 68 7 3 6 10.29% 14.71% 23.53%
Laffit A. Pincay, Jr. 61 7 4 9 11.48% 18.03% 32.79%
Ryan L. Moore 33 6 2 1 18.18% 24.24% 27.27%
Kent J. Desormeaux 87 5 5 7 5.75% 11.49% 19.54%
Rafael Bejarano 72 5 4 6 6.94% 12.50% 20.83%
Cornelio H. Velasquez 28 5 1 0 17.86% 21.43% 21.43%
Julien R. Leparoux 61 5 4 6 8.20% 14.75% 24.59%
Craig Perret 31 4 2 1 12.90% 19.35% 22.58%
Javier Castellano 69 4 8 6 5.80% 17.39% 26.09%
Edgar S. Prado 71 4 9 8 5.63% 18.31% 29.58%
Rajiv Maragh 20 4 0 2 20.00% 20.00% 30.00%
Olivier Peslier 25 4 2 2 16.00% 24.00% 32.00%
Angel Cordero, Jr. 48 4 7 7 8.33% 22.92% 37.50%
Martin Garcia 24 3 1 0 12.50% 16.67% 16.67%
Robby Albarado 35 3 2 1 8.57% 14.29% 17.14%
Alex O. Solis 73 3 8 5 4.11% 15.07% 21.92%
John Patrick Murtagh 30 3 4 0 10.00% 23.33% 23.33%
Randy P. Romero 17 3 0 1 17.65% 17.65% 23.53%
David Romero Flores 38 3 3 4 7.89% 15.79% 26.32%
Joel Rosario 62 3 8 8 4.84% 17.74% 30.65%
Michael J. Kinane 31 3 3 4 9.68% 19.35% 32.26%
Jose Lezcano 17 3 2 1 17.65% 29.41% 35.29%
Ramon A. Dominguez 49 3 9 6 6.12% 24.49% 36.73%
Jorge F. Chavez 40 2 2 1 5.00% 10.00% 12.50%
Victor Espinoza 53 2 3 3 3.77% 9.43% 15.09%
Pat Eddery 30 2 3 3 6.67% 16.67% 26.67%
Kieren Fallon 21 2 2 2 9.52% 19.05% 28.57%
Freddie Head 10 2 0 1 20.00% 20.00% 30.00%
Shane J. Sellers 29 2 3 4 6.90% 17.24% 31.03%
Yves Saint-Martin 3 2 0 0 66.67% 66.67% 66.67%
Jamie Theriot 7 2 0 0 28.57% 28.57% 28.57%
Walter A. Guerra 7 2 0 1 28.57% 28.57% 42.86%
A. R. Napravnik 11 2 2 0 18.18% 36.36% 36.36%
Jorge Velasquez 18 2 5 1 11.11% 38.89% 44.44%
Eibar Coa 18 1 0 0 5.56% 5.56% 5.56%
Rene R. Douglas 15 1 0 1 6.67% 6.67% 13.33%
Walter R. Swinburn 19 1 1 1 5.26% 10.53% 15.79%
Cash B. Asmussen 25 1 1 2 4.00% 8.00% 16.00%
Joseph Talamo 29 1 0 4 3.45% 3.45% 17.24%
Alan Garcia 26 1 1 3 3.85% 7.69% 19.23%
Calvin H. Borel 19 1 1 2 5.26% 10.53% 21.05%
Julie A. Krone 17 1 2 1 5.88% 17.65% 23.53%
Jacinto Vasquez 12 1 1 1 8.33% 16.67% 25.00%
Fernando Toro 12 1 0 2 8.33% 8.33% 25.00%
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 3 1 0 0 33.33% 33.33% 33.33%
Fernando Jara 2 1 0 0 50.00% 50.00% 50.00%
Joseph Patrick O'Brien 5 1 0 2 20.00% 20.00% 60.00%
Jose Valdivia, Jr. 12 1 1 2 8.33% 16.67% 33.33%
Thomas P. Queally 5 1 1 1 20.00% 40.00% 60.00%
Eddie Castro 5 1 1 0 20.00% 40.00% 40.00%
William Shoemaker 14 1 2 2 7.14% 21.43% 35.71%
Elvis Trujillo 7 1 1 1 14.29% 28.57% 42.86%
Jeffrey Sanchez 5 1 0 1 20.00% 20.00% 40.00%
Ahmed Ajtebi 4 1 0 0 25.00% 25.00% 25.00%
Christophe P. Lemaire 6 1 0 1 16.67% 16.67% 33.33%
Christophe Soumillon 9 1 0 0 11.11% 11.11% 11.11%
Stephane Pasquier 1 1 0 0 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Eric Legrix 2 1 0 0 50.00% 50.00% 50.00%
Jamie P. Spencer 18 0 2 3 0.00% 11.11% 27.78%
Shaun Bridgmohan 13 0 1 3 0.00% 7.69% 30.77%
Luis Saez 6 0 2 0 0.00% 33.33% 33.33%
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