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The Breeders’ Cup has officially been flipped upside down. A wild weekend gave us a lot to digest, with another big weekend looking us right in the face, as Keeneland, Belmont Park, and Santa Anita Park are set to host big-time events coming up next. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s check out our latest Three Stars of the Week:
This is the coolest horse in the country by a wide margin. There is nothing Mind Your Biscuits cannot do. In the Grade 3 Lukas Classic, Mind Your Biscuits produced one of the best performances of his career and now looks set to run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. After breaking with business on his mind, he sat in third place all the way up the backside, then simply took over in the stretch to run away from his competition by 4 3/4 lengths. The win was not just visually impressive – he earned a 108 Beyer speed figure for his win, a number that will make him very competitive in the Classic. The Lukas Classic may have not been the biggest race of the week, but Mind Your Biscuits gave us a number one star-worthy performance.
This hard-knocking horse deserves major credit for running over his head in several races this season. He hit the board in the Grade 2 Suburban Stakes and the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at massive odds, but on Saturday, he broke through with the biggest win of his career in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes at Belmont Park. After Diversify and Mendelssohn set an extremely hot pace, Thunder Snow made the first big move on the leaders, while Discreet Lover came calling next. Thunder Snow forged to the front after a bold move, looking to have the race in the bag, only to be worn down late by the persistent Discreet Lover. Once again, Discreet Lover blew up the tote board at odds of 45-1, and he punched his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup in the process.
This time, it wasn’t the prettiest win in the world, but it was a win nonetheless for Accelerate in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes. After breaking sluggishly, Accelerate found himself in a tough position early and traveled wide throughout the entire race. The multiple Grade 1 winner was still able to get home for the win, though, as he passed the front-running West Coast late in the stretch to win by 2 1/4 lengths. This victory gives him three in a row heading into the Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he will be the favorite. Regardless of what happens in that race, Accelerate and his connections should be proud of the season that he has had, and he will surely be rewarded with Older Male of the Year honors at the end of the year.
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