Just under 2 months away and we are previewing the main contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Classic which will be taking place on the 3rd and 4th of November in the beautiful Del Mar.
This year will be the 34th year of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Once again, we expect the champions to rise and perform one last time in 2017 on the biggest stage for Horse Racing.
Breeders' Cup Classic
Unforgettable moment: Do I have to pick one I ask my editor? The true crowning of a champion year after year. The Triple Crown crop face their elders in the final showdown of the year. Older champions come back again and again to try and regain their crown. We’ve had Arcangues win at 133-1 for Europe, Tiznow outbattle his opponents, twice and Ghostzapper breaking the speed of sound.
My unforgettable moment of this great race must be Zenyatta in 2010 vs Blame. It had the drama of Game Of Thrones and the plot twists of Lost. I’d still be on a beach in Mexico sipping margaritas if she had managed to get her head in front. I’ll let the video do the rest of the talking.
Leading Breeder’s Cup Contenders as of 09/13/2017:
The reigning champion will be returning to retain his crown. On his two starts since his spring break he has been beaten twice. His most recent start in the TVG Pacific Classic was much more encouraging than his run in the TVG San Diego Handicap. If he can improve the same amount again between those two runs I still believe he is the horse to beat and can reverse form with Collected.
- Gun Runner
Gun Runner looks to have improved well into his 4-year-old career. The potential morning line favorite had a dominant performance in the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga in August and he was nothing short of awesome when taking the Woodward last time out. On last year’s form, he still has a few lengths to make up on Arrogate but I can see him being near the head of the market. I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned out to be morning line favorite before the money comes down for Arrogate.
Lowered the colors of Arrogate on his most recent start in the TVG Pacific Classic in a thrilling finish where Martin Garcia managed to hold on from the front. Garcia set slow fractions before quickening the tempo down the back stretch which looked to leave Arrogate flat footed. Collected managed to hold on as Arrogate finally got into stride and closed the gap towards the wire.
- West Coast
This late developer won the Travers well in Saratoga and looks like he could continue to improve to be able to compete against the best of the older generation. He set steady fractions from the front and managed to fend off his rivals under a well-judged ride by Mike Smith. I’d be surprised if this son of Flatter got to control the pace of the Breeders’ Cup Classic like he did in the Travers.
One thing is for sure though is that Bob Baffart has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Breeders' Cup Classic two months out.
My Pick: Arrogate