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Breeders’ Cup Analysis and Selections from the Racing Aces 

The 2014 Breeders’ Cup returns to Santa Anita and very competitive fields are assembled for all the stakes. The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is one for the ages, so check out the analysis from the Racing Aces for the Classic and a few of the other quality events! 

Wishing all our followers the best of racing luck! 

Race 9 - The Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf, $3,000,000, 1 1/2 miles on the Turf

Analysis by Racing Ace John Hernandez  

Telescope owns 4 wins and 5 seconds in 10 starts lifetime, he drew a great post position for 12F, and trainer Michael Stoute knows how to prep his shippers ... Hardest Core beat the defending champ Magician (scratched earlier this week) last out and has won 4 straight ... Main Sequence started out in England, then crossed the Atlantic to win three straight back east ... Hangover Kid would need significant improvement to win, but may crack the vertical exotics. Selections: 1-9-12-5 

Race 10 - The Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint, $1,500,000, Six Furlongs

Analysis by Racing Ace Martha Claussen  

A very interesting group of sprinters will challenge for the title and potentially a new track record  in this six furlong sprint. #6 Rich Tapestry is an Irish-bred gelding who has already topped the million dollar mark in earnings. He rallied for the victory in the Grade 1 Sprint at Santa Anita Last month, defeating BC champions Secret Circle and Goldencents.  Formidable! #9 Salutos Amigos ships in from Belmont for trainer David Jacobsen with top NY jock Javier Castellano aboard. Liked his closing kick in the Bold Ruler. #8 Palace is another NY invader with recent works causing lots of buzz!  Selections: 6-9-8-5

Race 11 - The Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile, $2,000,000, 1 mile on the Turf

Analysis by Racing Ace Jen Perkins  

Without Wise Dan to contend with, #2 Obviously may have his best shot at a Mile win. He was third in 2012 and fifth in 2013 after setting blistering fractions. His last start was likely a bounce after two races this spring and summer that were likely the best of his career, and he has the best speed ratings in the field. #5 Toronado is the European invader that poses the biggest threat. He is a turf mile specialist who has been no worse that second in his last three starts, all in Group 1 events; easily the next fastest horse on ratings alone. Obviously's only loss of 2014 was to #6 Tom's Tribute, who has won three of his last four starts, each time with Mike Smith aboard. Smith joins him again today, and 15-1 on the morning line looks like an absolute steal. There has been a lot of hype surrounding #9 Anodin, including rumors that some horses have been entered in other races so as not to compete against this talented Irish-bred colt.  Selections: 2-5-6-9 

Race 12 - The Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic, $5,000,000, 1 1/4 miles 

Jen Perkins                                                                                        6-7-9-14

Despite many defections in the older horse division this year, the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic field is exceptionally deep.  Some of  the top three-year-old contenders in the field will compete against older horses for the first time, but not the undefeated #6 Shared Belief, winner of the Awesome Again (G1) and Pacific Classic (G1). He'll be in good company - 2013 BC Classic winner Mucho Macho Man prepped for his BC  appearance by winning the Awesome Again as well, and came back over the same surface to win the classic by a nose. 

John Hernandez                                                                                6-2-4-11

It's Shared Belief's BC Classic to win or lose. He's in his home territory, he's defeated older three times, and looks like the real deal ... Cigar Street has untapped potential for trainer Bill Mott ... Moreno has speed, he's pulled off an upset already, and has a longshot look ... Tonalist is a proven commodity as well. 

Martha Claussen                                                                               7-9-2-6

Can Bayern steal this on the lead and give trainer Bob Baffert his first BC Classic win on his home track? With sizzling Beyer Speed Figures of 110 and 111, he will be aggressively sent by Martin Garcia and is a perfect 2 for 2 at Santa Anita. Shared Belief worked awfully hard in his last; would not bank on him remaining undefeated with this tough and full field.

Jen -  Race 5- Filly and Mare Turf   

Martha- Race 5 -Filly and Mare Turf   

#3 Dank

#10 Stephanie’s Kitten

#7 Emollient

#4 Dayatthespa

#3 Dank

#4 Dayatthespa

#2 Just The Judge

#8 Irish Mission

Jen -  Race 6- Filly and Mare Sprint   

Martha- Race 5 -Filly and Mare Sprint  

#7 Judy the Beauty

#5 Artemis Argotera

#8 Better Lucky

#6 Leigh Court

#3 Stonetastic

#5 Artemis Argotera

#8 Better Lucky

#7 Judy the Beauty

Jen -  Race 7- Turf Sprint   

Martha- Race 7- Turf Sprint   

#5 Ambitious Brew

#2 Silentio

#1 Reneesgotzip

#3 Sweet Swap

#14 No Nay Never

#3 Sweet Swap

#11 Undrafted

#4 Tightend Touchdown

Jen -  Race 8 - Juvenile    

Martha- Race 8 - Juvenile   

#1 Calculator

#12 Daredevil

#7 Texas Red

#9 Carpe Diem

#12 Daredevil

#9 Carpe Diem

#11 One Lucky Dane

#13 Upstart

Jen -  Race 9 - Turf   

Martha- Race 9 - Turf   

#7 Flintshire

#12 Main Sequence

#1 Telescope

#3 Imagining

#12 Main Sequence

#7 Flintshire

#11 Chicquita

#2 Twilight Eclipse

Jen -  Race1 0 - Sprint 

Martha- Race 10 - Sprint  

#10 Big Macher

#4 Secret Circle

#5 Private Zone

#8 Palace

#6 Rich Tapestry

#9 Salutos Amigos

#8 Palace

#5 Private Zone

Jen -  Race1 1 - Mile

Martha- Race 11 - Mile  

#2 Obviously

#5 Toronado

#6 Tom's Tribute

#9 Anodin

#8 Trade Storm

#9 Anodin

#5 Toronado

#10 Summer Front

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