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Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries | 2023 Turf: Europe, Japan Bring Stars To World Championships
Mostahdaf (Dominic James/Eclipse Sportswire)

Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries | 2023 Turf: Europe, Japan Bring Stars To World Championships

Jared reviews the pre-entries for the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Turf from Santa Anita Park, then discusses his top win picks & long shots.

Representatives from Europe & Japan are set to bring several horse racing stars to the World Championships. Do Americans like Up to the Mark stand a chance? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The press release:

In the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at 1 1/2 miles, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, and Westerberg’s Auguste Rodin leads the European contingent with group 1 victories in the Betfred (Epsom) Derby (G1), the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (G1), and the Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes (G1), the latter giving him a free berth into the Turf.

The 3-year-old son of Deep Impact (JPN) is trained by Aidan O’Brien, who is seeking his seventh win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

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Breeders Cup Picks

Trainers John and Thady Gosden have pre-entered Shadwell Estate Company’s 5-year-old Mostahdaf (IRE), who has won two Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races, taking the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International at York.

Amo Racing’s King of Steel, trained by Roger Varian, galloped home impressively in the Oct. 21 QIPCO British Champion Stakes (G1), the last Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race of the season, with Frankie Dettori in the irons.

In the U.S., Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable’s 4-year-old Up to the Mark is a three-time grade 1 winner this year for trainer Todd Pletcher, having captured the Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs, the Resorts World Casino Manhattan Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, and the Oct. 7 Coolmore Turf Mile Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.

George Krikorian’s 6-year-old mare War Like Goddess, third in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf, won the Oct. 7 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (G1) in her most recent start.

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