With the Breeders’ Cup 2015 almost a week away, the fields continue taking shape. This year’s Breeders’ Cup is being hosted by Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. The first 4 of 13 races are scheduled for Friday, October 30 with the remaining 9 races being held the following day. For gamblers who can’t attend the races, there are a variety of online sources giving free bets and predictions for this year’s Breeders Cup to help get the action started.
After more than a dozen Grade I or Group 1 races were run in New York, Kentucky, California and Paris, France, the fields for each of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races are starting to take form.
In New York
In racing action, last year’s Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Tonalist came back and successfully defended his crown with the easiest of victories over a talent ridden field of former Grade I winners. The race ran a few weeks ago stamped him as one of the 3-4 top favourites for the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Several races earlier, Stephanie’s Kitten showed a liking for soft turf as she took down her second consecutive Grade I Flower Bowl on her way to the $2,000,000 Filly & Mare Turf. The biggest disappointment of the day was the third place finish by odds-on favourite Honor Code in the Grade II Kelso at a mile. The five-year-old just never took to the going, losing to Appealing Tale who is being pointed to the $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile . While trainer Shug McGaughey III was disappointed with the effort, he is still pointing the Grade I Whitney winner towards The Classic.
As a preview to the first Breeders’ Cup being held at Keeneland, the track held its annual Champion’s Day. With wet conditions covering the Midwest, upsets were abound. The first big upset came in the Grade II Thoroughbred Club of America S. where long-shot Fioretti defeated defending Breeders Cup F&M Sprint Champion Judy the Beauty. Both mares look to be on target for $1,000,000 Filly & Mare Sprint.
One of the best qualifying performances went to Tepin in the Grade I First Lady at one-mile on the turf. She made short work of a talented field, putting trainer Mark Casse in a frame of mind to take on the boys in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Mile on turf.
The Santa Anita Sprint Championship S was won by crack sprinter Wild Dude who defeated a compact group of former Grade I winners to establish himself as the best sprinter on the West Coast. Look for him next in the $1,500,000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
In Paris, France
The big news out of Europe was the defeat of two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe champion Treve in this year’s edition of the race. The victory was carried by the three-year-old sensation Golden Horn who was the easiest of winners and a current favourite among free bookmaker betting sites . Last we heard, trainer John Gosden is on course to shipping the colt across the Atlantic for a date in the $3,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf.
In Melbourne, Australia
As this year’s spring racing carnival is now underway attention has shifted to this weekends Caulfield Stakes. This race is arguably the most exciting race in Australia this weekend. Kermadec a 4 year old who opened up as a clear favourite has stayed solid through this week. A purse of $400,000 this race marks the first race in the annual Australian spring racing carnival. For more information about this and other races during the spring carnival check out the Australian horse racing track report and the various free bets with Australian bookmakers.