Breeders’ Cup Classic Contenders

Breeders’ Cup Classic 2011

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs has been selected as the host track for the 27th edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 4 and November 5, 2011, and will be televised live on ESPN and ABC.

The Breeders’ Cup Championship continues to grow in popularity because of its prestige and keen level of competition. Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, holds the records for both attendance and total wagering. A record $173,339,131 was wagered worldwide in 2010 and the event was climaxed by one of the greatest finishes in horse racing history as the 4-year-old Blame held off the remarkable 6-year-old mare Zenyatta by a head in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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Distance: 1 1/4 miles
Conditions: 3 Year Olds & Up
Total Purse: $5 million
Post Time: 7:00pm

Breeders’ Cup Classic Contenders
Horse Trainer
Await the Dawn Aidan P. O’Brien
Drosselmeyer William I. Mott
Flat Out Charles L. Dickey
Game On Dude Bob Baffert
Gio Ponti Christophe Clement
Havre de Grace J. Larry Jones
Headache Michael J. Maker
Prayer for Relief Bob Baffert
Rattlesnake Bridge Kiaran P. McLaughlin
Ruler On Ice Kelly J. Breen
So You Think (NZ) Aidan P. O’Brien
Stay Thirsty Todd A. Pletcher
To Honor and Serve William I. Mott
Uncle Mo Todd A. Pletcher
Alternate Entries
Ice Box Nicholas P. Zito

Horse Betting Predictions

Breeders’ Cup Classic Betting Picks

1. PRAYER FOR RELIEF – he was scratched on Monday due to a horse betting fever. Did not make the trip.

2. FLAT OUT – worse than second just once this year while winning the Suburban-G2 and Jockey Club Gold Cup-G1, both at Belmont Park. His only off-the-board horse betting effort came over this track in June when sixth in the Stephen Foster-G1 (he also missed the board here in his career debut). Does have a win at this horse betting distance, and moving inside to the rail (with Prayer of Relief scratched) he will be saving all the ground. Clearly a major horse betting threat, but he did lose to Havre de Grace two starts back.

3. DROSSELMEYER – horse betting connections were headed to the BC Marathon before this colt clunked up late and finished second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup-G1 behind Flat Out. This is reportedly the last race of his horse betting career, and there’s obviously more value (from a stud perspective) by running in this race. Winner of the 2010 Belmont Stakes at 1 ½ miles, he has won just once in six starts since.

4. RULER ON ICE – 2011 Belmont Stakes-G1 winner starts right beside the 2010 Belmont horse betting winner. And like Drosselmeyer he has had trouble validating that Triple Crown horse betting victory. Hasn’t run poorly in his last three starts, just hasn’t been able to beat horses that he faces again today. If the pace is hot and contested, as expected, he has a horse betting chance to grab a share at a big price.

5. SO YOU THINK – clearly the “X Factor” in this race. This horse is a nine-time Group I winner in Australia and Europe, and regardless of what the rest of this field has done, that makes him the class of the race. He has won 8-of-10 starts at, or near, this horse betting distance, with seven of those being Group I horse betting wins. He has won around left-handed turns and he has the tactical speed to sit a good trip. Of course the great unknown – how will he handle dirt? There is not much “dirt” in the pedigree so no one will know until the starting horse betting gate opens. If he handles the surface at all he can – and should – beat these.

6. ICE BOX – let’s see now … he’s lost eight-straight horse betting races since winning the 2010 Florida Derby-G1. He’s hit the board just once in his last seven races, getting beat double-digit lengths four times. He finished a well-beaten third against allowance runners three horse betting starts back. In other words he’s completely overmatched. The only horse betting thing to go on is his runner-up finish in the 2010 Kentucky Derby-G1, but he clearly is not the same colt he was back then.

7. RATTLESNAKE BRIDGE – took home minor horse betting awards behind To Honor and Serve and Stay Thirsty recently, and also finished behind Ruler On Ice. His trainer has decided to make him a “one run closer,” and in order to pull it off he has called for Calvin Borel. If there’s a jockey who can drop to the back of the horse betting pack, scrap paint along the rail and come flying late to find the horse betting winner’s circle it’s Borel. He put that talent on display once again opening day with Motor City in the Iroquois Stakes-G3.

8. GAME ON DUDE – horse betting jockey Chantal Sutherland is attempting to become the first female rider to win the Classic. And her game plan is pretty simple – she’s gunning to the lead and forcing the others to catch her. Under her saddle is a gelding who can fly early, and one who loves a dogfight. Last time out in the Goodwood-G1 they dueled through insane fractions and still held on to win. This is a much tougher field, and the “closers” are better than he saw last horse betting time, but they’ll have to pass him to win.

9. STAY THIRSTY – garnered some of his own horse betting headlines after wins in the Jim Dandy-G2 and Travers-G1 at Saratoga, but this week it’s back in the shadow of his stablemate Uncle Mo. This colt is certainly better than when we saw him locally in the Kentucky Derby-G1 (12th), and he seems to be thriving this horse betting week. For him it’s not so much a matter of talent, it’s a matter of winning on the road. All four of his horse betting wins have come in New York, and three previous trips outside the Big Apple resulted in nothing better than a 5th.

10. HAVRE DE GRACE – the top older female horse betting runner in the country hopes to follow in the footsteps of Zenyatta. Actually she hopes to do a “neck” better than the widely popular mare did in this race last year. This filly has lost only once in six starts this year, and that came by a horse betting nose against her nemesis Blind Luck in the Delaware Handicap-G2 – a race some called the “race of the year.” She has been pointed for this ever since easily defeating Flat Out in the Woodward-G1 at Saratoga. She hasn’t won in two previous tries at this distance, but she was hardly disgraced, losing by a head and a neck (both times to Blind Luck). Another horse betting win tonight, and many believe she should be favored, and she’s Horse of the Year.

11. HEADACHE – he’s won three of his last five horse betting races, but wins in the Cornhusker-G3 and Hawthorne Gold Cup-G2 don’t carry much weight against this field. He is a three-time winner over the track, and hasn’t been worse than second in three horse betting starts at the horse betting distance, but he’s never run fast enough to win this.

12. UNCLE MO – no horse has garnered more of the horse betting headlines over the last two years than this colt. Undefeated champion two-year-old after dominating the BC Juvenile over this horse betting track last November, he missed the Triple Crown with a mysterious liver horse betting ailment. Returning to action in August, he ran a huge race to lose the King’s Bishop-G1 by a nose. Six weeks later he dominated older runners in the Kelso Handicap-G2; those older runners being Jackson Bend and Jersey Town who are running today in the BC Sprint and BC Mile, respectively. Earned a eye-popping Beyer Speed Figure that day, but was allowed an uncontested lead over a muddy track. With an outside horse betting post and Game On Dude committed to the lead, he could be in for a much different trip today. He has never raced in a horse betting field this large, and of course the jury is out on whether he can get this distance.

13. TO HONOR AND SERVE – son of Bernardini is a three-time Grade II winner and has missed the board just once in his career, that coming in a sprint following a layoff (clearly a prep race). Has scored powerful horse betting victories in his last two starts, a win over older horses at Saratoga and the Pennsylvania Derby-G2 at Parx Racing. At his best when on or near the lead throughout, and he could be in for a wide horse betting trip from the far outside post. Picking up eight pounds and being asked to run further than he ever has.

SELECTIONS;

HAVRE DE GRACE, SO YOU THINK, FLAT OUT, UNCLE MO, RULER ON ICE

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Breeders’ Cup 2011 Races