Each week leading up to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup, our picks for all 14 races will be posted. Let’s take a look at our final set of predictions for the Breeders’ Cup, which will be held November 1-2 at Santa Anita Park:
Saturday, November 2, 2018
Pick: Vino Rosso
After debating back and forth on this one, we’ve switched to Vino Rosso this week. This is obviously going to end up being a game time decision, with the Classic being completely wide-open. Code of Honor is still under strong consideration as well, after being our top choice for the last 7 weeks. It just feels like Vino Rosso has been targeting this race for months, while being at his best when going 1 1/4-miles.
Pick: Bricks and Mortar
You have to love the confidence Chad Brown is showing leading up to the event. At first seemed on the fence on which race to enter; however, he seems very certain this spot will suit him best. Brown says the horse is training better than every right now, while a win here would lock up Horse of the Year honors.
Pick: Midnight Bisou
She made it seven straight victories after winning the Beldame Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. As this point, she looks like a single and is perhaps the most likely Breeders’ Cup winner this year. Her only challenger in this division is Elate, who’s first preference is the Classic.
We picked her to beat males in the Fourstardave Stakes (G1), so obviously we’ve been high on her all year long. Her dominating win in Keeneland’s First Lady Stakes (G1) was extremely impressive. There is no doubt that she can compete with this group.
The beast returned to form in a major way to dominate the Forego Stakes (G1) last time out at Saratoga. When he’s at his best, he cannot be defeated, but this is a very deep division. He’ll need to show up with a huge effort to get the job done, but a victory here could make him the Horse of the Year.
Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf
The defending champ will look to make it two in a row. This year, she seems to be running better than ever, simply dominating her competition in her first three starts of the year. She looked better than ever with a big win in the Flower Bowl Stakes (G1) in her final Breeders’ Cup prep.
Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile
Pick: Omaha Beach
The Dirt Mile will is where he is pointing according to owner Rick Porter. While the Classic had to be tempting, this spot makes the most since based off only having one 6 furlong race in the last several months. This is also the spot that seems to have the least amount of competition.
Pick: Eddie Haskell
Even though he lost in the Eddie D Stakes (G2), he still ran very well, despite having a lot to do when entering the stretch. He needs a hot pace up front, which he should get with a full field of sprinters. The loss should make him a decent price as well.
Filly & Mare Sprint
Even though our previous pick for this race (Come Dancing) won at Belmont Park, we are still changing it. Covfefe was magnificent in her final prep for the Breeders’ Cup, dominating the Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs by 8 lengths. This filly has developed very nicely over the course of her 3-year-old season and could be set up for the best performance of her career in the biggest spot.
Future Stars Friday, November 1, 2019
Pick: Eight Rings
This is one we’ll go back and forth on until the week of the race. Eight Rings was very impressive in his American Pharoah Stakes (G1) victory, even though he was a bit green in the stretch. He’ll have to clean up that kind of stuff in this spot, with Dennis’ Moment still looming large. Maxfield also looks to be a strong contender, making this extremely tough.
Pick: Peace Achieved
This one could change when we know for sure what European horses are shipping over to run in the race. Euro-shippers have great success in this spot; however, Peace Achieved looks like a solid American contender. He could very well end up being our pick when all is said and done.
Pick: British Idiom
A few weeks ago, Bast looked like a lock in this spot after a big win in the Chandelier Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park. Then, British Idiom impressively won the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, which makes this division much more interesting. We might waver on this pick, but for now, British Idiom has our full attention.
Juvenile Fillies Turf
Pick: Sweet Melania
For whatever reason, American horses have done very well in this race over the last several years. Usually Chad Brown dominates in this race; however, Todd Pletcher’s Sweet Melania could prove difficult to handle after her win at Keeneland last time out.
Juvenile Turf Sprint
Pick: Four Wheel Drive
His win in the Futurity Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park was impressive enough to think that he can win a race of this magnitude. This still seems to be a wide-open affair right now, though, so this pick could still change.