For the final weeks leading up to the 2020 Breeders’ Cup, we’ll give our top picks for all 14 races.

Here’s our first set of predictions for the year-end World Championships, which will be held November 6-7 at Keeneland:

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Longines Classic

Pick: Tiz the Law 

It’s been a while since the Classic determined Horse of the Year, so that spices things up in what already seems like a completely wide-open affair. Tiz the Law is the pick for now. If he can get back to his Travers Stakes (G1) effort, then he is the best horse, and he’s gotten the time off between races that he’s used to excel in the past. We’ll monitor his final workouts closely.

Longines Turf

Pick: Tarnawa 

We’re in a “Wait and see” pattern until we find out who’s actually coming from overseas. The American turf division hasn’t been all that strong this season, which makes the shippers very important. As of now, we just don’t have a clear picture for any of the grass events. 

Longines Distaff

Pick: Monomoy Girl 

At one time, this race looked ultra-tough, but Monomoy Girl now looks like a clear standout. She will be the shortest-priced horse on the Saturday card, if not for the entire weekend. 

FanDuel Mile Presented by PDJF

Pick: Mo Forza 

There’s still a lot to be determined with the field, but Mo Forza looked like an absolute monster last time out in his City of Hope Mile Stakes (G2) victory. If he can bring that type of effort to Keeneland, then he’ll be tough to handle, no matter who else shows up. 

Sprint

Pick: Vekoma

With a few top contenders out of this race, Vekoma is beginning to look like a standout. However, we haven’t seen him since his impressive Met Mile (G1) win back in July. The long layoff has us skeptical, but for now, he stays on top. 

Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf

Pick: Rushing Fall 

The final pick in this race will likely be determined by what European invaders show up. Rushing Fall is definitely the best turf filly in the United States, but she could be a little venerable at this distance, especially if she faces any international stars. 

Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile

Pick: Complexity 

With several solid options available right now, we could change this one in the coming weeks, but he looks like a solid option for now. Trainer Chad Brown has him in top form, which he put on full display in the Kelso Handicap (G2) last time out. 

Turf Sprint

Pick: Imprimis 

This horse should be a perfect 2-for-2 this season if not for a questionable disqualification in the Troy Stakes (G3). He redeemed himself in his next start, winning the Runhappy Turf Sprint Stakes (G3) at Kentucky Downs in impressive fashion. He’s won at Keeneland in the past as well. 

Filly & Mare Sprint

Pick: Bell’s the One 

This race drove us a little nuts when trying to analyze the potential pace setup. With Serengeti Empress and Gamine likely to enter, it seems like a total meltdown could happen, and if it does, Bell’s the One could mow them all down late. 

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Future Stars Friday, November 6, 2020

TVG Juvenile Presented by the TAA

Pick: Jackie’s Warrior 

The standout of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup card, he’s dominated every start and was simply breathtaking in the Champagne Stakes (G1) last time out, earning a 100 Beyer Speed Figure. He could easily be Friday’s biggest single. 

Juvenile Turf

Pick: Mutasaabeq 

This is another wide open affair that heavily depends on what European invaders come over. For now, we’ll go with Mutasaabeq, who looked awesome in his turf debut last time out at Keeneland in the Bourbon Stakes (G3).

Juvenile Fillies

Pick: Simply Ravishing 

Another pick that could change as we approach the big day, it initially looked like Princess Noor would be a standout in this field, but we now have many options. Simply Ravishing looked fantastic over this surface last time out in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1). She gets the nod for now. 

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Pick: Aunt Pearl

Trainer Brad Cox looks loaded for this Breeders’ Cup, and she leads the Friday charge. After breaking her maiden at Churchill Downs, she kept the ball rolling last time out, dominating her competition in the Jessamine Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. 

Juvenile Turf Sprint

Pick: Golden Pal 

This division looks tough on paper, which makes picking a winner difficult at this point. Golden Pal seems to have the most talent, though, which he put on full display in the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga. It also sounds like this has been trainer Wesley Ward’s favorite 2-year-old, which is a major key.