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A total of 168 horses were entered Monday for the 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championship races to be run Friday and Saturday (Nov. 3-4) at Del Mar. Included in the entries are seven winners (Arrogate, Finest City, Champagne Room, Highland Reel (IRE), Drefong, Queen’s Trust (GB), Oscar Performance) from last year’s Championships at Santa Anita.
The feature race of the two days, Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at 1 ¼ miles on the main track, saw Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner (9-5) and Juddmonte Farms’ defending champion Arrogate (2-1) receive the top two morning line odds in a field of 11.
“Arrogate always seems to get the one a lot. He has it and you can’t change. They’re all spread out. I just didn’t want them to all draw in next to each other,” Bob Baffert said. “We have a long run to the turn. I like being on the outside better, but I’ve got a lot of good horses on the outside. It will all work out. They are spread out everywhere. It was a good draw for Collected, on the outside, West Coast is in a good spot there. Mubtaahij comes from off the pace anyway. At least there is separation there.”
The feature race on Friday, the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the main track features morning line favorite (5-2) Stellar Wind and a highly-competitive crop of 3-year-olds fillies that includes multiple Grade 1 winners Elate, Abel Tasman, and Paradise Woods.
Baffert added regarding Abel Tasman’s draw, “That was all right. I was hoping to be further outside with her.”
For in-depth coverage of all races, including the rest of the race entries, check out our Breeders’ Cup page.
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