Anyone who loves to bet the horses is in heaven this weekend with the running of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Kentucky. Join in for free horse racing picks.
The Classic is the biggest event over the course of Friday and Saturday’s race card and I have already gone chalk in this race with 6/5 morning line favorite American Pharoah as my pick to win. The 2015 Triple Crown winner is coming off a stunning second-place finish at the Travers Stakes in late August, but I have him closing-out his incredible racing career on a winning note.
The following is my top pick to win as well as a few other horses to watch for the next three biggest events on Saturday’s race card at Keeneland.
Breeder's Cup Longines Turf
The Turf is a Grade 1 stakes race for three-year old thoroughbreds and up with a total prize purse of $3 million. It is contested over a distance of 1 ½ miles on a grass course. Post time for this race is 1:50 p.m. (PT).
This race offers a golden opportunity to stretch the odds a bit with a play on Big Blue Kitten as one of three second-favorites at 8/1 on the morning line for sports odds. I have been high on this veteran seven-year old colt his entire career, and over the course of 29 starts, he has earned well over $2.6 million with 14 victories and 12 additional finishes in the money. Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Joe Bravo, Big Blue Kitten’s current form remains strong with a first-place run in this year’s Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont on Sept. 26.
Others to Watch
Golden Horn (4/5), Slumber (8/1) and Found (8/1)
Breeders’ Cup Sentient Jet Juvenile
The Juvenile features some of the top up-and-coming two-year old thoroughbreds looking to start their run to a possible Triple Crown title in 2016. This Grade 1 stakes race is contested on dirt over a distance of 1 1/16 miles and the total prize purse is set at $2 million. Post time is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. (PT).
This is my favorite and toughest race to handicap at the Breeders’ Cup given the number of unknowns in this crowded field of two-year olds, but the one horse that has caught my early eye is Nyquist as a 9/2 third-favorite. This Kentucky bred colt is trained by Doug O’Neill with jockey Mario Gutierrez getting the ride, and this duo has combined to keep him perfect in his early racing career with four victories in four events. Nyquist’s biggest win to date was in this year’s Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita in late September. He also won the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7. Definitely consider adding him to your list of sports picks for the weekend.
Others to Watch
Brody’s Cause (7/2), Greenpointcrusader (4/1) and Exaggerator (6/1)
Breeders’ Cup Mile
The Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile is open to three-year old thoroughbreds and up, and it has a total prize purse of $2 million. The world’s best grass milers will compete in a mile run around the two turns of Keeneland’s turf course. Post time for this race has been set for 12:30 p.m. (PT).
The crowded field of 12 horses for this year’s Mile is filled with quite a few legitimate contenders, but I have zeroed-in on Tepin at 12/1 odds on the morning line as my top pick. Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Julien Leparoux, this four-year old filly has six victories and four other finishes in the money in 14 career starts for total prize earnings of close to $1.4 million. The main reason I am going with her in this Saturday’s race is the value in her odds in light of her current form. In six previous races this season, Tepin has won four times with a second-place finish in the other two events. Earlier this month at Keeneland, she bested the field in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes to add even more value to her odds. Make sure you have selected a sportsbook before the weekend and enjoy this race.
Others to Watch
Make Believe (3/1), Esoterique (7/2) and Time Test (6/1)