TVG Analyst: Mike Joyce
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile lost a major star in Maxfield when it was announced earlier this week that he had an injury and would be put on the shelf for the rest of the year. So a race that was being billed as having The Big Three has scratched down to The Big Two.
#1 DENNIS’ MOMENT has shown himself to be as impressive as any Juvenile in the country. His maiden victory at 7 furlongs was ridiculously fast in 1:21.95 and he followed that up with an impressive effort in the Iroquois. His works and gallops have been the highlight of Breakfast at the Breeders’ Cup this week. Physically and mentally, he has shown himself to be the classiest horse of this bunch. He will take some beating and is likely to be favored.
#6 EIGHT RINGS has been the best in the West and Bob Baffert has wheeled this guy out there like a superstar. Although hardly a point of consternation for the connections, Eight Rings has some learning to do as evidenced by his stretch run in the American Pharoah. That’s about all you can say though, and it’s not really enough to compromise his chances against the rest of this field. Beating Dennis’ Moment is another matter as these two figure to lock up in a furious battle.
My bet will likely be #5 SCABBARD. I was admittedly an enormous Maxfield fan so the scratch throws my opinion into a bit of chaos here. I will concede the Big Two are best in this bunch but their prices will both be short and Scabbard ran rather well in the Iroquois when 2nd To Dennis’ Moment. He had some traffic trouble and finished well and now the winningest rider in Breeders’ Cup history gets on his back. Taking this one at 4-1 or higher.
#1 DENNIS’ MOMENT
#6 EIGHT RINGS
Money Back Special Pick: ##5 SCABBARD
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