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Breeders' Cup Turf

Saturday, November 2, 2013 3:22pm (6:22pm ET)

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The Breeders’ Cup Turf is the 9th race at Santa Anita on Saturday.  It will be run at a mile and one-half over the turf course for 3-year-olds and up with a purse of $3,000,000.  Post time is scheduled for 3:22pm local time (5:22pm ET).  This race also begins the last pick 4 of the Breeders’ Cup races.

Santa Anita Race 9:  #8 Point of Entry - #4 Little Mike - #12 Real Solution - #7 The Fugue

Breeders' Cup Turf

The #8 Point of Entry hasn’t had a smooth year, only getting the opportunity to run twice after suffering some setbacks, but both of those efforts were what we got very used to seeing from him last year – impressive and victorious.  Generally I hesitate to pick a horse on top that has a significant fitness/layoff question to answer, but Shug McGaughey seems like the last guy on the planet that would send a horse into a race they weren’t ready for.  If Point of Entry is ready to roll, he does tower over this field, European invaders included, and it would take a little bit of bad luck, combined with an incredible performance from one of his rivals, to deny him.  Speaking of which, the #4 Little Mike delivered an incredible winning effort in last year’s BC Turf which proved enough to hold off Point of Entry’s bid that was slightly held up.  Despite winning the Turf Classic at Belmont in his last start, he will have to be better to repeat.  Little Mike has been underappreciated for quite some time despite considerable versatility, obvious talent, and an elite resume.  If he gets overlooked again, it will not be by me.  #12 Real Solution put forth a big effort in that same Turf Classic at Belmont, but was forced wide and came up short.  He did prove suitable at the distance and gets a rider upgrade.  Razor sharp owner Ken Ramsey has high hopes for this guy in this spot.  I am having trouble getting on board with the hype that follows #7 The Fugue into this spot.  There is no doubt that she encountered some trouble as a 3-year-old last year taking on older fillies and mares in the BC F&M Turf, but I am not convinced that it was the lone reason for her coming up short.  Now she’ll try stiffer competition with a couple extra panels and no doubt be very well supported at the windows.  I won’t exactly be stunned if she proves a winner, but I will certainly be throwing a ticket in the trash. 

 

Full Field:

1

Vagabond Shoes

Espnioza/Sadler

15-1

2

Teaks North

M Garcia/Guillot

30-1

3

Twilight Eclipse

Leparoux/Albertrani

20-1

4

Little Mike

Smith/Romans

6-1

5

Skyring

Saez/Lukas

30-1

6

Tale of a Champion

Talamo/Mulhall

30-1

7

The Fugue

Buick/Gosden

3-1

8

Point of Entry

Velazquez/McGaughey

4-1

9

Indy Point

Stevens/Mandella

9-2

10

Big Blue Kitten

Bravo/C Brown

6-1

11

Magician

Moore/O’Brien

8-1

12

Real Solution

Castellano/C Brown

8-1

 

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