The 31st Breeders’ Cup gets underway at Santa Anita on Friday afternoon with four championship races including the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
The other three Breeders’ Cup races on the card are the Dirt Mile, Juvenile Turf Fillies and Juvenile Turf, each with a $1 million purse. There are nine Breeders’ Cup races slated for Saturday including the $5 million Classic.
The Breeders’ Cup action on Friday kicks off with the Juvenile Turf, which drew a full field including a strong European contingent. The Euros have dominated this race, winning five of the seven editions.
The early favorite in betting odds released by Bovada is the Wesley Ward trained Hootenanny at 10/3. The colt started his career in the U.S., and then shipped overseas to win the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in June over 23 foes. The colt was second in the Darley Prix Morny in his last start in France on Aug. 24.
Ward is seeking his first Breeders’ Cup win. The trainer is 0 for 16 with his Breeders’ Cup starters but has live runners in four of the races over the two-day championship meeting.
Goldencents likely will be the shortest priced favorite as he attempts to defend his title in the Dirt Mile. The colt paid $9.60 to win last year but is currently at betting odds of 10/11 to repeat.
The colt will race under the name of Leandro Mora, the top assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, who is sitting out a 45-day suspension.
The last six Dirt Mile favorites have finished out of the money.
The second choice in the early betting is Fed Biz, who ran a game second to Classic favorite Shared Belief in the Awesome Again at Santa Anita, beaten just a neck. The Bob Baffert trainee is currently at odds of 9/2.
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The Juvenile Fillies Turf is a wide-open race that includes four overseas invaders. Ward sends out Sunset Glow, who is currently the betting favorite at 3/1 at Bovada.
The filly also shipped overseas, running second in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. Since returning, she has won the Sorrento and Del Mar Debutante.
The marquee event on Friday is the Distaff, which likely will determine the Eclipse Award for top older female. Untapable is the betting favorite at 14/5 according to Bovada.
The filly has won five of her six starts this year. Her lone loss is when she took on the boys in the Haskell Invitational where she checked in fifth.
Her main foe will be Close Hatches, who won her first four starts this year, but then did not fire her best in a fourth place finish in the Spinster at Keeneland. She is currently second choice in the betting at 4/1.
For a complete list of betting odds, prop bets and matchups for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup go to Bovada.
For selections and analysis for the entire Breeders’ Cup, check out Michael Dempsey at turfnsport.com. Last year on Breeders’ Cup Saturday Mike had SEVEN recommended exactas: $53.20, $19.00, $23.20, $58.00, $66.60, $107.80 and $33.60.
Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) – Santa Anita – Odds to win
War Envoy 4/1
Luck Of The Kitten 10/1
Startup Nation 12/1
Wet Sail 12/1
Conquest Typhoon 14/1
Daddy D T 18/1
Danny Boy 25/1
Offering Plan 25/1
International Star 25/1
Faithful Creek 33/1
Lawn Ranger 33/1
Breeders Cup Dirt Mile (G1) – Santa Anita – Odds to win
Fed Biz 9/2
Pants On Fire 10/1
Vicars In Trouble 12/1
Golden Ticket 14/1
Big Bane Theory 33/1
Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Gr. 1) – Santa Anita – Odds to win
Sunset Glow 3/1
Lady Eli 5/1
Rainha Da Bateria 10/1
Conquest Harlanate 14/1
Isabella Sings 16/1
Partisan Politics 16/1
Prize Exhibit 20/1
Lady Zuzu 25/1
Tammy the Torpedo 25/1
Quality Rocks 25/1
Flying Tipat 33/1
War Alert 40/1
Nickys Brown Miss 40/1
Breeders Cup Distaff (G1) – Santa Anita – Odds to win
Close Hatches 4/1
Dont Tell Sophia 13/2
Belle Gallantey 13/2
Tiz Midnight 7/1
Ria Antonia 14/1
Lamour De Ma Vie 14/1
Unbridled Forever 25/1
Valiant Emilia 25/1