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Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Saturday, November 2, 2013 2:43pm (5:43pm ET)

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TV: NBCSN

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is the 8th race at Santa Anita on Saturday.  It is run at a mile and one-sixteenth over the main track for 2-year-olds with a purse of $2,000,000.  Post time is scheduled for 2:43pm local time (5:43pm ET).

Santa Anita Race 8:  #6 Tap It Rich - #2 Dance With Fate - #14 Strong Mandate

Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Of all of the weekend’s Breeders’ Cup races, this one leaves me the most conflicted.  The #6 Tap It Rich has only run once, but it was every bit as good as you may have heard it advertised.  It is hard to win around two turns in your debut, it is hard to overcome trouble in your debut, and it is hard to pass a lot of horses in your debut.  He did all of those things in jaw dropping fashion.  The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is not the place to take your first stab against winners, but maybe he’ll take that challenge like it’s just another day in the office as well.  Regardless, I cannot find a rival that I am dying to bet against him with.  The #2 Dance With Fate ran a nice race over this exact trip in the September 28th G1 Front Runner Stakes last out, but he eventually got swallowed by Bond Holder.  Dance With Fate is bound to improve going around two turns for the second time and he has some early speed in a race where he won’t run into much more of it.  The #14 Strong Mandate similarly tries distance for the second time, but this will be his first go at two turns.  His breeding suggests that he is much better suited for it than his last start showed and if a line is drawn through that effort (or lack thereof), the form really brightens.  He would be much more appetizing with a better post position. 

 

Full Field:

1

Smarty’s Echo

Baird/Smith

20-1

2

Dance With Fate

Bejarano/Eurton

8-1

3

Mexikoma

A Garcia/Mettee

12-1

4

New Year’s Day

M Garcia/Baffert

8-1

5

Bond Holder

Gutierrez/O’Neill

8-1

6

Tap It Rich

Smith/Baffert

6-1

7

Cleburne

Nakatani/Romans

12-1

8

Conquest Titan

Da Silva/Casse

30-1

9

Rum Point

Maldonado/O’Neill

30-1

10

We Miss Artie

Castellano/Pletcher

8-1

11

Medal Count

Albarado/Romans

20-1

12

Diamond Bachelor

Leparoux/Biancone

12-1

13

Havana

Velazquez/Pletcher

5-2

14

Strong Mandate

Rosario/Lukas

6-1

 

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