Shared Belief Looking to Stay Top Dog in Awesome Again

Shared Belief Looking to Stay Top Dog in Awesome Again

Category : News - Fri 26/09/2014 - 15:34 EDT

The $300,000 Grade 1 Awesome Again September 27 at Santa Anita is perhaps the most significant Breeders’ Cup prep race in a weekend jammed with enough Breeders’ Cup prep races to make a handicapper’s head spin.

While there are surely better races from a wagering standpoint over the weekend, Shared Belief’s performance will almost assuredly dictate which horse is the betting favorite in the BC Classic.  Tabbed at 3/5 on the morning line in the mile and an eighth Awesome Again, it seems a foregone conclusion that Shared Belief will deliver a victory against a modest field and extend his perfect record to seven wins in seven tries.  If that happens, Shared Belief could be the first heavily-favored three year-old in the Breeders’ Cup Classic since Bernardini went off at even money in 2006 at Churchill Downs. 

Shared Belief must turn back Majestic Harbor again

Unlike Bernardini who finished second to superstar and eventual Horse of the Year Invasor, Shared Belief will be facing a rather lackluster group of older horses in the BC Classic – particularly in the absence of the retired Palace Malice.  Despite Shared Belief’s brilliance, the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee hasn’t exactly faced elite horses in his short career.  His main rival in the Awesome Again, Majestic Harbor (5/1), arguably represents the best horse Shared Belief has faced up to this point.   

Breeders’ Cup Classic picture hinges on Awesome Again

Shared Belief easily defeated Majestic Harbor in the Pacific Classic, but Majestic Harbor is clearly a better horse on dirt and returns to the site of his Grade 1 triumph in the Hollywood Gold Cup.  If Majestic Harbor – or another horse – is good enough to beat Shared Belief or give him a scare in the Awesome Again, then the Breeders’ Cup Classic picture gets much more complicated.       

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