Monday, October 22, 2007

My Breeders' Cup Classic Pick

Wow, what a solid Breeders' Cup Classic coming on Saturday in New Jersey. The two-day Breeders' Cup is horse racing's biggest event with the top horses in the world putting a finish to what has been a very exciting 2007 racing season. I am going to concentrate on a couple of races here on my blog.
First the 1 and 1/4 mile Classic, worth $5 million. The morning-line favorite is Lawyer Ron at 3-1 for trainer Todd Pletcher. I would definitely keep this horse in mind because he has been so consistent in 2007 with four firsts, two seconds and a third in seven starts, plus he figures to be better than his ninth-place in last year's Breeders' Cup. Lawyer Ron has been impressive in wins in the Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes.

Also entered in the Classic are Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, Preakness Stakes winner Curlin, Haskell Invitational winner Any Given Saturday and Kentucky Cup Classic winner Hard Spun.

Personally, I like Lawyer Ron. The 4-year-old is a solid come from behind horse, he's battled tested and he's maturing more and more as he gets older. I like Hard Spun for second and George Washington for third.

But don't forget Street Sense. He could become the first thoroughbred to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the Derby, the Travers and the Classic.

The other race I really like is the 1 and 1/16 mile Juvenile. One of the better horses, Majestic Warrior is out. Still, that leaves a pretty solid field with War Pass, Tale of Ekati and Wicked Style.

War Pass, who is trained by the always formidable Nick Zito, is coming off a win in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park and he also won two races at Saratoga. The win for Zito lifted a load off his back. He had a two-year span of 18 Grade 1 races in which he finished second or third. War Pass is the son of 1994 BC Sprint winner Cherokee Runner.

Tale of Ekati has won two of three races and won the Belmont Futurity on Sept. 15, beating Kodiak Kowboy. Barclay Tagg trains the solid horse. The horse worked a blazing 45.79 seconds in four furlongs on Monday.

But my pick is Wicked Style. Wicked Style is 3-for-3 and is coming off a win in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity. Wicked Style is a chestnut son of 2000 Juvenile winner Macho Uno. Wicked Style won last time out on a polytrack, but I don't believe the dirt will be a problem this weekend. If he gets a good pace, Wicked Style will be 4-for-4 and and early favorite for the Kentucky Derby in May of 2008.

Don't forget, this year's Breeders' Cup is a two-day event, Friday and Saturday.

— Felix

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