OTB Breeders’ Cup Mile
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Thu 31/10/2013 - 09:53 EDT
Featuring the reigning US Horse of the Year in Wise Dan, the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile will be run on the turf as the eighth of nine races on Saturday at Santa Anita. If there’s anything like a Best Bet to be found in the unpredictable Breeders’ Cup races, it could just be this, where Wise Dan has been made the even-money morning line favorite over nine others. Last year on the same track, Wise Dan stalked the pace into the stretch, and then poured it on to win by a 1 1/2 lengths over 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.
Wise Dan could put his stamp on another HOY award
Prior to that Wise Dan had won three consecutive graded-stakes races – two of them Grade I’s – and continued his winning ways after, winning five more including two Grade I’s. Over his career he’s won 14 graded-stakes races and has never been worse than second in his last 14 starts. The only chink in his armor might be that he was beaten by Silver Max, 5-1 in the BC Mile morning line, but even then, the race was taken off turf and run on the Keeneland polytrack.
Biggest challenge could come from Irish newcomer
Among those with a slight hope are the Irish-bred Obviously (10-1), who himself has a decent record of graded-stakes success, having won the Grade I Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park earlier this year, as well as the Grade II Del Mar Mile and the American Handicap. Since breaking his maiden across the pond he’s been in the money in 15 of 16, although he was fourth last out in the Grade II City of Hope. Second ML choice at 4-1 is another Irish-bred, Olympic Glory, making his first start stateside.
Post time for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile is 4:40 PM PDT
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.