Breeders' Cup Turf Preview
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 23:00:00
The Breeders’ Cup Turf figures to be part of the late pick four on the second day of the World Championships, Saturday, November 2nd. As is the case with many of the BC races, especially those held on the grass, cross entries should be expected come Monday. With that said, there is nothing wrong with taking an early look at some of the major players.
The Fugue belongs in this race and will likely end up here. The four-year-old filly is obviously eligible for the BC F&M Turf, but she dismantled a group of Grade 1 Fillies and Mares in the Yorkshire Oaks in August at this 12-furlong distance and backed it up with a win in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes against open company that included Al Kazeem, who is in the discussion for best turf horse in the world. She has proved she belongs and her connections appear to feel the same way.
Little Mike and Point of Entry, the respective first and second place finishers of last year’s edition of this race, both look good to lace it up again. Little Mike proved dangerous as ever winning the G1 Joe Hirsch at Belmont in September, and while Point of Entry has had an interrupted 2013 campaign, it is comprised of a perfect 2-for-2 record, both G1’s. There is no doubt that Shug would only send him here if he was up for it, so he must be respected.
Chad Brown looks set to saddle a trio in Big Blue Kitten, Real Solution, and Hyper. Big Blue Kitten has four wins on the year. Two of them are Grade 1’s and one of those came at this distance. Real Solution has only won once in his light career, but it came in a Grade 1 and he boasts two other third place finishes in G1 races. Hyper will get a serious class test, but hasn’t finished out of the money in over a year and he is coming in off of back-to-back winning efforts. If you know the game, you know to take this barn very seriously.
Indy Point became a new face in this country this past summer and took to task immediately. He’s won two stakes races, including the local G2 John Henry, but mixed in a non-effort in the G2 Arlington Million. While there are a lot of questions that could be asked about this intriguing colt, he appears to be a budding star. I can’t imagine an excess of value will be there though. The secret it, and has been, out.
Euro shipper Grandeur could be an interesting option should he show up. He enjoyed success in SoCal last winter and stamina shouldn’t be an issue. He hasn’t really shown the necessary speed to compete with the kind of field that will line up here though.
Among others, possibilities include a gritty Vagabond Shoes who has settled into his NA digs quite nicely, Slumber, who hails from the sneaky Bill Mott barn, and Flintshire, whose trainer, Andre Fabre sports a trio of BC trophies on his mantle.
While there’s still plenty of time, “ALL button” players might want to take notice.
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