Sunday’s Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar drew a full field of 12 but it might be a one horse affair if Miss Temple City brings her “A” game. The Graham Motion trainee beat Grade I males twice this year at one mile on turf but both of those races were at Keeneland and she must prove that she can produce a race of that quality away from that venue.
Time and Motion is a 3-year-old filly on the rise for trainer Jimmy Toner. She is fresh and won the Grade I QE II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on Oct 15 but a flat mile might be a bit sharp for her.
Trainer Chad Brown finished 1-2 in yesterday’s Grade I Hollywood Derby and is back for more with a trio of entrants in this event. Roca Rojo might be his best chance and the 5-for-6 filly must deal with firm turf after walking away with an easy win in the Grade III Athenia on soft ground at Belmont Oct 23.
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For the stakes race of the week for Saturday, Nov 12, we venture to Aqueduct in New York for the Grade III Red Smith Handicap. The male turf marathon set will travel eleven furlongs on the turf course and Wake Forest is the 8-5 morning line favorite.
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The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is a wide open betting event. The speed figures for the G1 Chandelier and G1 Alcibiades came back below par, setting up the possibility of an upset in the fourth race at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Nov 5.
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The 2016 Travers from Saratoga is sure to be a classic renewal with a full gate of fourteen, minus the late defection of Majesto.
Santa Anita Derby, Preakness, and Haksell hero Exaggerator is the one to beat but all three of those aforementioned grade one victories were contested on a wet track and he got plenty of pace help each time.
Haskell runner-up American Freedom is back for more and a bit less pace pressure on a fast track might help him turn the tables on Exaggerator.
Belmont Stakes 1-2 finishers Creator and Destin are also back in action in a deep, competitive edition of the mid-summer Derby.
The showdown at the shore between Beholder, California Chrome, and Dortmund figures to be a real barn burner.
Beholder is the defending Pacific Classic champion exiting a rare loss to Stellar Wind in the Clement L. Hirsch. She is reportedly training well for this year’s renewal of the Del Mar showcase and patient conditioner Richard Mandella would not be running her against the big boys if she was not doing extremely well.
California Chrome has won his last four starts including the San Diego Handicap, the local prep for the Pacific Classic. He prefers to sit an outside stalking trip and jockey Victor Espinoza will have to work out a comfortable journey from the inside post.
Dortmund gave California Chrome a big scare in the aforementioned San Diego and needs to take a step forward at a longer distance in his second start after a long layoff.
The video race of the week series continues with the Grade 1 Secretariat from Arlington Park. Beach Patrol and Long Island Sound figure to vie for favoritism but it is hardly a match race.
The 9-horse field also includes graded winners American Patriot, Oscar Nominated, and Surgical Strike, along with G1 Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine.
Cupid and Suddenbreakingnews are the two likely betting favorites in West Virginia Derby 2016 following the late defections of Mo Tom and Economic Model.
Cupid only has one way to go from the rail and that is straight to the lead. If he gets pace pressure, look for Suddenbreakingnews to come charging in the lane.