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2021 Breeders Cup Day One at Del Mar for Friday 5 November

Best of luck as always!


race 1   above average clarity  

11  Sumo   three year old colt from the Baffert barn stopped the clock at 108:1 in his 2nd lifetime endeavor which was at Lrc to graduate......the strength of the Santucci fig earned is supported by gaps of of 2, 4, 6L behind drills since.......jock upgrade to Velasquez who is 4 for his last 8 riding for the most successful trainer with young horses in the U S of A

2  I'll Stand Taller   red hot O'Neill barn sends out a Cal-bred who is racing turf to dirt today and at his favorite racing surface which is Del Mar.......mid pack runner should get plenty of heat up front to flatter her late kick.......very dangerous sort

4  Triple Tap

1  Fratelli

3  Silver Moon Road


race 2    average clarity

3  Degree of Risk   two year old colt's record/earnings could be quite a bit better if not for bad trips in his 4 lifetime races two of which were on the AW at AP and the other two on the turf at it seems more significant than it usually is that Prat rides for the first time.....if this Hardy colt puts in the same effort as his last race a 3rd in a G3 he should win

8  Ready to Purrform   two for two to start his career and the latest race for this Cox two year old was a win in a $150K Stakes race at Lrl.........2020 Eclipse winning trainer legs up one of his top go jocks in Rosario.....hard not to like his chances

5  Detroit City

7  Birth of Cool

1  Astronomer


race 3    average clarity

3  Big Novel   Sadler two year old filly is on the improve with each and every start and her fast maiden breaking win in her latest seems good enough to win today's race.......and her a.m. work hints she is moving forward again........trainer is awfully good with young fillies......Bravo wisely stays put

9  Vivacious Vanessa   two year old filly overcame about 5L of trip trouble to still win going away at the wire in her MSW debut which was a route turf race........and that race should give her plenty of endurance to deal with the grueling 7F distance if of course she handles the dirt......pedigree for it is good......trainer Gary Mandella has made the most of his 20 starts in 2021 with 4 wins.....shot for a 5th today

6  Big Switch

2  Bold Choice

4  It's Simple


race 4    average clarity

1  Hear My Prayer   two year old filly is a perfect 5 for 5 when racing on the turf in five furlong races when the turf is labeled firm......firm turf today......dynamite works.......very good post at the distance in summer.........all that and the trainer is hot

8  Superstition   3 for 3 at Dmr at the 5F turf distance...........Prat has been up for all of this girl's lifetime races (should know her tendencies) which should help make it not so a difficult to deal with a somewhat tough 8 post at the 5F turf distance at Del Mar

2  A G Indy

5  Time Limit

4  Aqua Seaform Shame


race 5    above average clarity

11  Slow Down Andy   giant MSW debut for this O'Neill baby who graduated at 1st asking despite a 3 wide trip pressing a solid set of fractions.......that and the colt is bred to appreciate the extended sprint distance of 7F and many in here are not

12  Finneus   bad trip in the DMfut-G1 and still managed 2nd........toss his latest as he didn't take to two turn racing......significant jock upgrade to Rosario.......trainer Solis has had a decent year with his two year old runners

2  Liberty Rorever

8  Love Candy

5  Fast Draw Munnings


race 6    below average clarity

6  Twilight Gleaming   Ky to N.Y. to GB to France makes for quite the world traveler......seems like an advantage especially for a two year old.......Wesley Ward filly is (3 2 1 0) at the 5F turf distance and the only time Irad Ortiz rode she won by 7F at Belmont.......owns some break well and use it

3  Go Bears Go   GB invader has some speed so using Johnny V. seems like a good choice to take advantage of it.......toss out his last race at Newmarket as 7F and a very strong Grade 1 field were more then he could handle.......colt has only raced as short as 5F twice where he won his debut at Ascot and then ran 2nd by a head in a 15 horse field at Ascot.......should go off a big number

7  Armor

8  Averly Jane

5  Hierarchy

4  Vertiginous


race 7    average clarity

5  Juju's Map   tough team of Brad Cox and Florent Geroux at the helm for this two year old filly who is two for two in route races.......1st win at Elp was a terrific time/number where there were gaps of 5, 7 and 11 behind her in a field of 11........then she crushed the field at Kee in a prestigious Grade 1 and in the race she showed she can rate kindly........last preparatory work for her put in a week ago at CD might be her most impressive to date.......all systems go

6  Echo Zulu   find it a bit surprising that this Steve Asmussen filly is 4-5 in the morning line as she has yet to race around two turns........that and her efforts /figures are only slightly better than not only our top pick but our 3rd pick as well who is also proven around two turns.....but then again she has won her three lifetime races by an average of 5 1/2 lengths

2  Hidden Connection


race 8    average clarity

7  Consumer Spending   tepid top choice gets top billing mostly because she is an improving Chad Brown two year old filly and when Brown rides Prat you best take note as they are almost always very live runners.....they might be the best turf trainer/rider team in the USA these days in the big turf races

5  Bubble Rock   dangerous looking improving Brad Cox two year old filly owns 2 wins (last one a Grade 3) and a 2nd in 3 lifetime sprint turf races.......and she owns a pedigree that is better for a route than a sprint.......2 solid bullet turf works at Belmont since her Grade 3 win on 9 October......plenty of potential to make a big move forward today

9  Koala Princess

3  Cachet

11  Haughty

4  Turnerloose


race 9    average clarity

3  Oviatt Class   Keith Desormeaux colt is on the improve with each and every race which is typical for the trainer with a two year as he usual brings them around slowly........enough speed in the race in this race should aid this colt's late running Kent is up and he is riding really well of late and my guess is most of the Country outside of the West Coast doesn't know it.....that should help his price

12  Corniche   with the late scratch of Jack Christopher this Baffert colt went from 3rd choice to 2nd choice 

5  Double Thunder

9  Pinehurst

8  Barossa

4  Pappacap


race 10    above average clarity

2  Albahr   Scratched out of the race   very impressive Charles Appleby two year old gelding especially when Dettori rides........2 for 2 with the great rider winning by 5L in GB and 2 1/4L in this youngsters last a Grade 1 win at WO.....and the horse who ran 2nd came back to win.....all that and Appleby sure has been sending "live" horses not only for the Breeders Cup races but other big races in North America

10  Portfolio Company   something was tweaked and/or this colt finally got it right as he was awfully rank in his 1st two lifetime starts but settle down in his 3rd start and nearly won a Grade 2 at Belmont........and the fact Brown gets high in demand Prat to ride hints what ever was troubling this youngster is no longer an issue

1  Modern Games

6  Mackinnon

5  Slipstream

8  Glounthaune



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