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With the Breeders’ Cup fast approaching, the fields are starting to take shape, which has us looking ahead and planning out what horses we might want to use on our tickets. These horses have us very curious about their abilities and what roles they might play at Del Mar in early November.
Here are the 5 most intriguing horses leading up to this year’s Breeders’ Cup:
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After his huge comeback race for new trainer Todd Pletcher in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1), he definitely had the horse racing world talking. Even though he finished second, he lost a great horse in Jackie’s Warrior while defeated by less than a length. Also intriguing is the fact that we really have no idea what race he might enter once the big day arrives, which is something that might not be determined until his final prep race.
How good has this horse been in his first 2 career starts? After winning on debut at Santa Anita, Flightline took some time off but then backed up that lofty win with an allowance score at Del Mar, where he earned a 114 Beyer Speed Figure. That performance has everyone hyped for what might be next, which very well could be the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). His connections have said that the Malibu Stakes (G1) on December 26 is the main target; however, they have also mentioned the Breeders’ Cup is another strong possibility. If he enters the Sprint, then he’ll add to an already deep division.
Can this horse figure out how to break better from the gate? Will he improve going two turns? These major question marks surround a horse whom many feel has more talent than the rest of this group, but he lost the Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga as the big favorite because of his gate struggles. If he continues to spot horses several lengths, then he can’t win the Breeders’ Cup, but if he gets it figured out, then he’ll be tough to handle.
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This colt looked like a freak on debut for Todd Pletcher, winning a Saratoga maiden special weight with absolute ease over the turf. He’s in a division that will likely have some strong European challengers in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), but it’s going to take a really good horse to beat him if he progresses off of that effort. We’ll see him in a stakes race next, so let’s see how he does against tougher company.
He’s become a fun horse to watch. Many still question if he can get the 1 1/4 miles of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and others are unsure if he will be pressured early. Either way, he holds the key to the Classic and will enter as the one they all have to come and catch. He’ll run as hard as he can for as far as he can, which is exactly what he did when he defeated a quality field in the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.
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