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Breeders’ Cup Classic 2011 Report – Ladies First

Older Males…and Females

Look out Tizway. There’s a new sheriff in town and her name is Havre de Grace. The talented daughter of Saint Liam threw her hat into the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic ring after winning the Grade 1 Woodward against males on Sept 3.

Havre de Grace

Havre de Grace beat the boys at the Spa - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Havre de Grace will return to the distaff ranks for Belmont’s G1 Beldame Oct 1, where she could meet her nemesis Blind Luck (see below). After that it is on to Churchill Downs for the Ladies’ Classic or male Classic. She earned a 111 BSF in the Woodward.

Flat Out followed up his solid place finish behind Tizway in the G1 Whitney with another runner-up effort in the Woodward. He seemed a bit uncomfortable racing wide and in between horses on the backstretch and found his best stride late. He romped earlier this year in the G2 Suburban at Belmont and his preferred wide, sweeping style works well at Big Sandy. The G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and a rematch with top dog Tizway on October 1 is up next.

Rule set the Woodward pace and held the show in a respectable effort. He is a cut or two below the best but his early speed must be respected in a shallow handicap division.

Acclamation got away with soft splits and held Twirling Candy safe in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug 28.

The Goodwood on Oct 1 at Santa Anita is next for Twirling Candy, followed by the BC Dirt Mile or Classic.

Acclamation will probably go in the BC Turf if he points to any Cup race. No word on his next start but the grassy ten furlong Clement L Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Oct 2 makes sense.

Talented late running filly Blind Luck passed on the Del Mar showcase and is expected to go next in the Lady’s Secret at Santa Anita or Beldame at Belmont, both on Oct 1. She worked 4f in :47.40 at Hollywood Park on Sept 8.

Three-Year-Olds

I have been covering the 3-year-old-crop of 2011 on Pick 6 Blog since last September and posted my latest Top 10 list on Sept 8.

Stay Thirsty is once again my top ranked 3YO after winning the G1 Travers. He will face older in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Some well known former top ten members have returned to my list, including The Factor, To Honor And Serve, and Uncle Mo.

Breeders’ Cup Classic 2011 Report: Pacific Classic Preview

Older Males…and Females

Tizway is widely considered the early favorite for the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic after winning the Grade 1 Whitney on August 6th. He earned a 111 BSF for his nine furlong win at the Spa, and his G1 Met Mile triumph on May 30 netted him a 113 BSF. The back-to-back grade one winner has his sights set on the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Oct 1.

Flat Out proved his G2 Suburban (113 BSF) victory was no fluke with a solid runner-up effort behind Tizway in the Whitney. The G1 Woodward on Sept 3 could be next, followed by a rematch with Tizway in the JCGC.

Havre de Grace

Watch out gents, here comes Havre de Grace - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Havre de Grace will take on the males in the aforementioned Woodward, a race that could attract Duke of Mischief, Friend Or Foe, Mission Imapzible, and Rule.

The next big test for older males is the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug 28. At this stage, the field is expected to include Blind Luck, Game On Dude, Setsuko, Stately Victor, Tres Borrachos, and Twirling Candy.

A Blind Luck victory in the Pacific Classic would give her a leg up on Horse of the Year honors, but her task will not be easy with enigmatic Twirling Candy, consistent Game On Dude, and a resurgent Tres Borrachos signed on.

Twirling Candy is suspect at ten furlongs but might be sitting on a big race after working a strong mile in 1:37.80 at Del Mar on Aug 21.

Three-Year-Olds

I have been covering the 3-year-old-crop of 2011 on Pick 6 Blog since last September and posted my latest Top 10 list on Aug 19.

My top ranked sophomore Coil is officially going in the G1 Travers following a 4f bullet in :46.12 at Saratoga on Aug 23.

Preakness hero and Haskell runner-up Shackleford heads the Travers probable list, along with Jim Dandy winner Stay Thirsty and Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice.

Stay Thirsty is probably the one to beat. His 106 BSF in the Jim Dandy is the top dirt route number for 3yo’s this year and he looms large with a similar effort.

Uncle Mo makes his much anticipated return in the G1 King’s Bishop on the Travers undercard. The Factor, originally slated to face Uncle Mo at the Spa, will stay in SoCal and tackle older sprinters in Del Mar’s Pat O’Brien on Aug 28.

Breeders’ Cup Classic 2011 Report – Tizway Ready for Whitney

Older Males

The road to the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic is back in full swing at Saratoga with the Grade 1 Whitney on August 6th. Post positions will be drawn on Wednesday morning and the stellar field is expected to include Met Mile hero Tizway, Apart, Duke of Mischief, Flat Out, Friend Or Foe, Giant Oak, Mission Impazible, Morning Line, and Rail Trip.

Tizway

Watch out for Tizway in the Whitney - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

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G1 Hollywood Gold Cup winner First Dude has been retired because of a tendon injury. It is a real shame since he was just beginning to hit his stride.

Gold Cup 2-3 finishers Game On Dude and Twirling Candy both have their sights set on the G1 Pacific Classic on Aug 28. The latter worked a strong five furlongs in :59.60 at Del Mar on 7-31.

The local prep for the Pacific Classic, the G2 San Diego, was captured by veteran Tres Borrachos. The former frontrunner is now coming off the pace for his new conditioner Marty Jones and he smartly ran down vastly improved early runner Kevlar Kid at Del Mar on Saturday.

The Del Mar showcase might also include Blind Luck, Bourbon Bay, Caracortado, Make Music For Me, and Setsuko.

Three-Year-Olds

I have been covering the 3-year-old-crop of 2011 on Pick 6 Blog since last September and posted my latest Top 10 list on Aug 3.

My top ranked sophomore Coil proved he deserved top billing with a sharp late running victory over Shackleford in Sunday’s Grade 1 Haskell at Monmouth Park. The Bob Baffert trainee has shipped to Saratoga with an eye on the Aug 27 Travers Stakes.

Shackleford is also expected to make his next start at the Spa, with the aforementioned Travers or the Sept 3 Woodward against older rivals as possible engagements.

Belmont Stakes hero Ruler On Ice is headed to the Travers following a solid show finish in the Haskell.

I have always been fond of Stay Thirsty and he had his coming out party at Saratoga on Saturday. The smashing Jim Dandy winner earned a 106 BSF and has finally put it all together. The Travers is next for the Todd Pletcher trainee.

Earlier in July, Dreamy Kid beat Coil in the Swaps at Hollywood Park, and he gets a chance to prove that was no fluke when he starts as the likely favorite in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby on Aug 6.

Breeders’ Cup Classic 2011 Report – First Dude, Win Machine

Older Males

The road to the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic has been a bumpy one in the handicap division and win streaks have been few and far between, but First Dude pulled off a rare hat trick in the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup.

First Dude

Baffert has taught First Dude to relax and win - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

First Dude’s sudden winning spirit can be attributed to trainer Bob Baffert and his newfound patient running style. He garnered a 106 BSF for his Gold Cup nose decision over stablemate Game On Dude. Beaten favorite Twirling Candy was another neck back in 3rd, followed by Setsuko and defending champ Awesome Gem. The SoCal crew could meet again in the Aug 28 Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

The local prep for the Pacific Classic, the G2 San Diego, will be run at Del Mar on 7-30.

The next major race for older horses is Saratoga’s G1 Whitney on Aug 6. The stellar field is expected to include Giant Oak, Morning Line, Rail Trip, Sidney’s Candy, and Tizway.

Three-Year-Olds

I have been covering the 3-year-old-crop of 2011 on Pick 6 Blog since last September and posted my latest Top 10 list on July 12th.

My top ranked sophomore Coil was shooting for a four-bagger in the G2 Swaps but was headed late by Neil Drysdale longshot Dreamy Kid.

Coil ran well chasing slow fractions and was simply outfinished in a typical synthetic race. The son of Point Given could go much better on conventional dirt in either the Haskell or West Virginia Derby.

Dreamy Kid has the right connections and owns a late blooming pedigree so his Swaps surprise may not have been a fluke.

Two upcoming big 3yo races, the G2 Jim Dandy (July 30) and G1 Haskell (July 31), could provide some much needed clarity to a chaotic division.

The Jim Dandy is expected to include Alternation, Brilliant Speed, and Stay Thirsty.

Pants On Fire, Ruler On Ice, and Shackleford are the marquee Haskell names.

Breeders’ Cup Classic 2011 Report – He can Flat Out run

Older Males

The handicap division is a total crap shoot this year and the road to the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic yielded another surprise when Flat Out (113 BSF) dusted his rivals in Belmont’s G2 Suburban on July 2.

Awesome Gem beat him in the Lone Star ‘Cap and Pool Play bested him in the Stephen Foster but the Suburban belonged to Flat Out. He sat a wide stalking trip and loved the sweeping turns at Big Sandy, leaving quality rivals Rodman and Hymn Book in his wake.

Flat Out

Is Flat Out the real deal? - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Was the Suburban for real or was it more of a case of Flat Out taking advantage of an oval that typically flatters his wide rallying style? We will find out more about his true talents at Saratoga this summer.

The G1 Hollywood Gold Cup will be run on July 9 and Twirling Candy is the marquee name. He meets the likes of Big Cap 1-2 finishers Game On Dude and Setsuko, along with defending champ Awesome Gem.

Impressive G1 Met Mile hero Tizway will try to stretch his speed nine furlongs in the G1 Whitney at Saratoga on Aug 6, and he may meet Pool Play and recent WinStar/Pletcher purchase Sidney’s Candy.

Overseas runner Await The Dawn reportedly has his sights set on the BC Classic for Aidan O’Brien, and he has dirt influences in his pedigree with Giant’s Causeway on top and Dixieland Band on the dam side.

Three-Year-Olds

The sophomores are much like their older counterparts as the keep taking turns beating each other. I have been covering the 3-year-old-crop of 2011 on Pick 6 Blog since last September and posted my latest Top 10 list on June 29th.

The 3-year-old division could get a much needed shot in the arm if Uncle Mo makes it all the way back from illness. He will head to Saratoga next week for Todd Pletcher and if everything goes perfect he could show up in the Aug 27 King’s Bishop.

Some late blooming 3yo’s to watch include Bold Warrior, Raison d’Etat, and Bob Baffert’s Smash, who goes in Saturday’s G2 Carry Back at Calder.

 

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