Todd Pletcher, with a record 17 Breeders’ Cup starters today, is 0 for 8 so far with nine to go. All it does is show what an extraordinary day Richard Mandella enjoyed at Santa Anita in 2003 when he won four BC races with seven starters that afternoon. It’s a record that will be very tough to match and probably never be broken. We were all fortunate to witness such an accomplishment.
Ouija Board showed her class in this one, becoming a two-time Breeders’ Cup winner with a powerful victory. She won in 2004 at Lone Star Park in Texas and was second last year at Belmont Park before today’s victory. It appeared Wait a While, who had won her past four starts by more than four lengths in each one, didn’t enjoy the softer turf course at Churchill Downs.
Wow … I thought I had a winner there when Corey Nakatani made a bold move with Great Hunter at the top of the stretch and challenged for the lead, but Street Sense then just spurted away and won for fun. Great Hunter didn’t even place, having to settle for the show. Something to watch the rest of the day — for the second straight race, the winner’s Beyer was heading upward. Just like Dreaming of Anna, he appeared to be a horse on the rise.
I like Great Hunter in the Juvenile, Wait a While in the Filly & Mare Turf, Siren Lure in the Sprint, Aragorn in the Mile, Fleet Indian in the Distaff, Hurricane Run in the Turf and Invasor in the Classic. Here are some long shots I like on the card:
Well, my day got off to a slow start as my best bet on the Breeders’ Cup card, Cash Included with Corey Nakatani up, finished fifth and was never really in the hunt.
I think I’m going to bet One Off in the seventh at Hollywood Park today.