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The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championship, a series of 14 races over two weeks at Churchill Downs, gets going with”Future Stars Friday,” a card of five Grade I races for two-year-olds. Here are odds and selections to get three of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races.
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Race 6: Juvenile Fillies Turf, odds and picks Purse: $1 Million
For 2-year-old fillies
Distance: 1 mile on the Turf
Post time: 4 p.m. ET
NEWSPAPEROFRECORD (2/1 odds) will probably be among the most peculiar favorites and most likely winners we will see this weekend. The speedy Chad Brown trainee towers within this discipline in Beyer Speed Figures and lands in a race in which others do not have a lot of zip. She has won the only two races of her profession from 6-1/2 lengths or more, both at 1-1/16 miles. She seems to be the real deal, and Brown has won this race four times.
CONCRETE ROSE (6/1 odds) is a logical selection for a smaller piece, as she awakened and stretched out nicely in a Grade 2 at Keeneland, beating the area by three lengths.
LILLY’S CANDLE (8/1 chances ) jumped up nicely in a Grade 1 event at Longchamp and is 2-for-2 at this distance.
JUST WONDERFUL (6/1 odds) is coming here off a nice Grade 2 triumph at Newmarket and won only race in this distance.
THE MACKEM BULLET (15/1 chances ) is a top sprinter who just missed in a Grade 1 at Newmarket, but she’s never been beyond 6 furlongs and never hurried from the U.S.
LA PELOSA (15/1 chances ) won her American debut in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine, her first time attempting a mile. She just might prefer this distance and the scenery at Churchill.
PAKHET (12/1 chances ) conducted a few lengths behind Concrete Rose in a Grade two in Keeneland on Oct. 10.
MY GAL BETTY (20/1 chances ) ran a fantastic moment to La Pelosa in Woodbine at this distance.
SUMMERING (15/1 chances ) is 2-for-3 in the distance but has never uttered stakes competition.
LADY PRANCEALOT (30/1 odds) comes off two second-place finishes in a mile in California and can mount a late run if in the mood.
The area is rounded out by STELLAR AGENT (30/1 chances ), who conducted a fine third supporting Newspaperofrecord; BELLE LAURA (20/1 chances ), who ran third behind Concrete Rose; VARENKA (20/1 chances ), who finished 6-1/2 lengths behind Newspaperofrecord; and EAST (20/1 chances ), who is 2-for-2 abroad but hasn’t run a mile.
Juvenile Fillies Turf picks NEWSPAPEROFRECORD 2/1: Should boss these
CONCRETE ROSE 6/1: A clear instant LILY’S CANDLE: 8/1: Closed well at this distance in last EAST 20/1: Might enjoy a mile
Race 7: Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, odds, picks and longshot of the day
Purse $2 million
For two year old fillies
Distance: 1-1/16 miles
Post time: 4:40 p.m. ET
We’ve got some fast girls competing in the Juvenile Fillies, which likely will determine the winner U.S. filly of 2018.
West Coast shipper BELLAFINA (2/1 chances ) enters this race off 2 Grade 1 victories and will be your deserving favorite. This woman has been impressive and looks like the horse to overcome.
Her main competitors might come in SERENGETI EMPRESS (7/2 odds), a local favorite who is very notable in her own right. She’s won her last two races on the front end by a joint 33 lengths! Serengeti Empress is trained by Tom Amoss and will be ridden by Corey Lanerie, who understands this route well, and both men are looking for their first Breeders’ Cup win.
JAYWALK (7-2 chances ), an extremely talented and quick sort, place in a fine effort winning the Frizette by 5-3/4 lengths but attempts 2 turns for the first time. The Frizette was a perfect prepr genius for this.
SIPPICAN HARBOR (12/1 odds) hasn’t been to the races in two weeks (by design) but broke her maiden by 17 lengths at Saratoga in August. She came back a month later and won the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga. The anticipated fast pace will match her running style perfectly.
RESTLESS RIDER (9/2 chances ) is also a Grade 1 winner, and the only loss of her four-race profession was a runner-up attempt to Sippican Harbor in The Spinaway. She fits well with this bundle and ends up even better.
VIBRANCE (10/1 odds) broke her maiden by 5-1/4 lengths at Del Mar before finishing 6-1/2 lengths behind Bellafina at the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita on Sep. 29. She can certainly improve off that effort, but it will not be sufficient.
REFLECT (15/1 chances ) was not able to hit the board in two graded stakes before conducting a good second to Restless Rider in the Darley Alcibiades in Keeneland, and she appears somewhat overmatched here.
SPLASHY KISSES (20/1 odds) broke her maiden at Del Mar by 5-3/4 lengths but then ran a very distant second to Serengeti Empress in the Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill on Sep. 15. She had been 19-1/2 lengths off the winner that afternoon but was bumped at the beginning. I am pretty sure she can not make those up 20 lengths here.
CASSIE’S DREAMER (30/1 odds) has had three races and found trouble in each of these (hit gate and two rough begins ). She must improve dramatically to hang these girls in the first attempt at two endings.
BABY NINA (30/1 chances ) looked good winning the Miss Ohio Stakes at Thistledown in July by open lengths but ran poorly in the Spinaway and the John W. Galbreath Stakes on Oct. 13. The water is a lot deeper , and I don’t do not like her opportunities.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies chooses SIPPICAN HARBOR 12/1: Gets up late
SERENGETI EMPRESS: 7/2: Speedy, tough and elegant BELLAFINA 2/1: Might be as good as she looks RESTLESS RIDER 9/2: Fits nicely here
Breeders’ Cup Friday longshot of this day
Sippican Harbor (12/1 chances ): Broke her maiden by 17 lengths and subsequently got thrown back at the start of the Spinaway in Saratoga. She shrugged off that trouble and came flying home late and broad to win going away. I see a similar outcome in this race, and she’s there in a price!
Race 9: The Sentient Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, odds and picks Purse: $2 million
For 2-year-old colts
Distance: 1-1/16 miles
Post Time: 6:05 p.m. ET
Two undefeated colts out of two of the top barns in our sport headline this occasion, also there are other contenders who might allow it to be an intriguing contest.
Trainer Bob Baffert brings GAME WINNER (8/5 odds) into the Juvenile, and this colt has won all three career starts by a joint 11-3/4 lengths. Mr. Baffert is no stranger to the winner’s circle at the Juvenile — he’s won this race three times.
His chief competition will be COMPLEXITY (5/2 chances ), who is also undefeated (2-for-2) and coming off a nice win in the Grade 1 Champagne. Inspired by Chad Brown, Complexity has demonstrated good pace in his two wins and will try his luck around two turns for the very first time here.
Those two rock stars is going to be the top betting favorites, and the third option in the wagering ought to be CODE OF HONOR (5/1 chances )^. Founded by Shug McGaughey, Code Of Honor was working extremely well since he ran a Fantastic second to Complexity in the Champagne Stakes on Oct. 6 at Belmont Park. In that race, he stumbled at the break and seen the field 10 lengths. But he rallied strongly with a five-wide movement in the stretch to complete within three phases of the winner. McGauhey has not started a horse in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 17 decades, and I do not think he’s bringing one that is not cranked up. Code Of Honor can make this a much closer competition if he can escape the gate on time.
KNICKS GO (30/1 odds) was an upset winner at 70/1 chances in his final outing in the Breeders Futurity, where he readily jogged around the racetrack on an uncontested lead, took the field wire-to-wire and won by 5-1/2 lengths. This significantly improving colt likely won’t have that luxury in this race and will need to take a complete step forward to acquire it. But he just may dismiss all of that.
With a success in this race, MIND CONTROL (20/1 chances ) are the first horse to win the Hopeful Stakes and Juvenile without a start between. He also missed a Breeders’ Cup prep on Oct. 6 due to a fever. Mind Control has harmful speed and likes to be in the hunt.
Rounding out the field will be: STANDARD DEVIATION (12/1 odds), who conducted a decent third in the Breeders Futurity; WELL DEFINED (20/1 odds), who tries graded stakes company for the first time; GUNMETAL GRAY (10/1 odds), who conducted a respectable second to Game Winner in the American Pharoah; MR. MONEY (30/1 odds), who boasts a route win over this class; TIGHT TEN (30/1 odds), who raced greenly and discovered trouble in all three career starts; DUELING (20/1 odds), who broke his maiden just in his final outing on Sep. 28; SIGNALMAN (20/1 odds), who finished second in the Grade 1 Breeders Futurity; TOPPER T (30/1 chances ), a speedy Iowa-bred who closed to be second in his final outing but has yet to observe bets firm; and DERBY DATE (30/1 odds), who’s still very much a maiden.

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