Nov 05, 2004
AMERICAN TURF CLUB LEAD
By: JOE GIRARDI
The Breeders’ Cup has come and gone and we did get to see
many exciting races that will eventually crown division champions and Horse
of the Year. We will take a look at the first five races this week and then the
rest of the Breeders’ cup card next week.
In the first Breeders’ Cup race the Distaff, we saw a first for trainer
Todd Pletcher. This was his first Breeders’ Cup win when he scored with the
2-1 favorite ASHADO. After breaking well from post one she sat in fifth early
before making a move on the turn to strike the lead and go away for the score.
She was a length and a quarter clear of the fast closing STORM FLAG FLYING
with STELLAR JAYNE another neck back in third. With AZERI opting to the
Classic this made the Distaff one of the more competitive races on the card. With
her win ASHADO should take three year old filly honors at the end of the year.
In the next race, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, we saw a very
promising filly. SWEET CATOMINE, who had trouble on the final turn and was
forced to check. She was still able to overcome that bad trip and easily rolled by
the leaders for the score. She was sent off at 2.30-1 as the slight favorite.
BALLETTO, the third choice under Jerry Bailey finished second with
RUNAWAY MODEL third. SENSE OF STYLE, who was sent off at 3.50-1 never
fired and finished a well beaten 9th. With this win we saw a very promising prospect
for next year and obviously SWEET CATOMINE will be two year old filly champ.
In probably the most competitive race of the day the Breeders’ Cup Mile
we saw our first longshot of the day. SINGLETARY, sat a perfect stalking trip, took
over in deep stretch and had enough to hold off the late charging, erratic
ANTONIUS PIUS who finished second at 31-1. SIX PERFECTIONS, last year’s
winner finished a troubled third. The lukewarm favorite, three year old
ARTIE SCHILLER never ran a step while finishing 12th. Living up to it’s reputation
as the most competitive race on the card we saw an exacta payoff of $1,495.60,
a triple payoff of $12,435.20 and a superfecta payoff of $107,388. The time of
the race was slow, 1:36:4, but this race was run over a yielding course that was
not playing fast.
The next race the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, which had a field of 13 horses
was just as competitive as the Mile. After breaking well from his inside
post, SPEIGHTSTOWN chased a very quick half in 43:2, he found a hole on
the inside and took it never looking back to score by more than a length. KELA
was a fast closing second, as a close third choice, despite having to come with
a wide run. CLOCK STOPPER, who might have been the best horse in the race
was absolutely flying at the end of the race after breaking very slow and then
raced slow thereafter before closing with a huge run to finish 6th. With that
being said SPEIGHTSTOWN made a strong play for the sprint championship
with this win. Many had felt that PICO CENTRAL had the championship sewn
up. However, with this win SPEIGHTSTOWN showed he was the best on the
biggest day. The connections of PICO CENTRAL did not want to supplement
their horse and it may have cost them an Eclipse award. Whoever wins the
Sprint Championship, there will be disappointed connections.
In the next race the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf race we saw the
lowest price on the card. Odds-on choice OUIJA BOARD, stalked the pace in
fifth behind a very slow pace but had plenty of kick to score going away in the
drive. FILM MAKER held on gamely to finish second over a fast closing
WONDER AGAIN. The leader MOSCOW BURNING, who laid down some
very slow fractions could only manage fourth. Second choice in the race
LIGHT JIG, never got going and finished a well beaten seventh. Even though
this was her only start in this country OUIJA BOARD proved that she is easily
the best turf filly or mare not only in this country but in the world.
Next week we will take a look at the last three Breeders’ Cup races,
the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the Breeders’ Cup Turf and the big one the Breeders’
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