Make Believe (GB) Trying to Make it Reality in $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Mile
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Fri 30/10/2015 - 17:46 EDT
On Saturday at Keeneland, the championship races will continue with the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile. A Grade 1 race carded at one mile on the turf, the event has drawn a field of twelve which includes the defending champion, Karakontie (JPN).
Make Believe (GB) tops the international field as the favorite at morning line odds of 3-1 for trainer Andre Fabre. A three-year-old son of Makfi (GB), he has won four of his six starts and is a multiple Group 1 winner. Last time out, he won the Prix de la Foret (G1) at Longchamp to earn his second win of the year. Olivier Peslier, his regular rider, will be aboard and they will break from post position three.
Esoterique (IRE) a major threat against the boys
Second choice at morning line odds of 7-2 is Esoterique(IRE) who also comes out for trainer Fabre. The five-year-old mare is a six-time career winner and will be trying to become the fourth mare in the history of this race to defeat male rivals. She has been on the board in all five starts this year and has won two consecutive races against top European competition. Pierre Boudot will be aboard from post nine.
Tepin a proven force at Keeneland
Also in the field at morning line odds of 12-1 is Tepin, another filly in the race. Trained by Mark Casse, the four-year-old daughter of Bernstein has won six of her fourteen starts and has four wins so far this year. Last time out, she romped by seven lengths in the First Lady Stakes (G1) at Keeneland. She will have top turf rider Julian Leparoux aboard and they will break from post seven.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.