The Breeders’ Cup has finally arrived. It gets started on Friday as a pre-card for Saturday. The $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Gr. 1) is the feature race of the weekend. While this is the smaller day of the two, that doesn’t mean we don’t have big time racing today. There are several large events on the docket Friday. That includes six Breeders’ Cup races, two of which are worth $2,000,000 each. There are also three $1,000,000 races at Keeneland on Friday.
Keeneland will be the center of the horse racing world on Friday and Saturday. BetOnline is offering all of the action for wagering. Along with the Breeders’ Cup races today, there are 12 other tracks racing. Aqueduct returns for their winter meet today, so that’s a racecourse we haven’t seen in a while. Del Mar is another notable track offering a racecard on Friday. Let’s get straight to the action in Lexington for now. There are 10 races with a total of $7,750,000 on the line in this event. Head below for our free Keeneleand and Breeders’ Cup picks for November 6, 2020.
Race 6 – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
Post Time: 2:30 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Gr. 1) is our first stop on Friday at Keeneland. This event offers a $1,000,000 purse for 5 ½ furlongs on the grass. It’s a big field with 17 horses planning to run. We will have to wait and see if there are any participants that get scratched from the field. I’m looking at Bodenheimer and Golden Pal are runners to keep an eye on in this million dollar race.
Bodenheimer is getting attractive odds at 8/1 odds from the No. 10 post position. Whether Bodenheimer is able to do anything with it remains to be seen, though. If there’s any of the long shots to take a chance on, I’d say that Bodenheimer is probably worth a look. Bodenheimer is a three-time winner in his career. He’s never raced in any event of his caliber, but Bodenheimer could surprise in this one.
Bodenheimer has two stakes wins in the $50,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes (Black Type) on August 22, and in the $150,000 Indian Summer Stakes (Listed) most recently on October 4. Bodenheimer notched the win in August by a neck over Chicks Dig Scars. Bodenheimer went all out in the stretch to get the win there. It was enough for the wire-to-wire win, but it was close in the end.
In his latest appearance, Bodenheimer showed improvement to win a $150,000 event by a length over Cowan. That was another wire-to-wire win for Bodenheimer. It was much better than the race before, where Bodenheimer finished 5th in a $500,000 Black Type event. That’s the hardest race he’s been in and didn’t do too well, so we’ll see what happens in a $1,000,000 assignment.
Golden Pal has finished 2nd, 2nd, 1st in his career. He placed 2nd at Ascot Racecourse in the Norfolk Stakes (Gr. 2) on June 19. I thought that was impressive. Upon returning home, Golden Pal found the winner’s circle in the $85,000 Skidmore takes (Black Type) by 3 ½ lengths. The $325,000 moves way up in class Friday as well, though that’s the case for the majority of horses here. Look for the strongest horse, Golden Pal, to prevail in what is one of the easier fields you are going to find in a $1,000,000 race.
Race 8 – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
Post Time: 3:50 p.m EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 8 is a co-feature race on Friday at Keeneland. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies comes with a $2,000,000 purse. It will take 1 1/16 miles on the turf to complete. Simply Ravishing and Princess Noor should run strong races in this one. Simply Ravishing is going to have an opportunity at the top prize in Race 8.
She gets the inside rail out of the gate from the No. 1 post position. Simply Ravishing is a perfect 3 for 3 and coming off a win in the $350,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (Gr. 1) by 6 ¼ lengths. Prior to that win in October, Simply Ravishing beat Con Lima by 6 ½ lengths in the $100,000 P. G. Johnson Stakes (Black Type.
Both races were far too easy for Simply Ravishing, so it’s time to jump up in class for her. This is a monumental hike in class from a $350,000 to a $2,000,000 event. For a $50,000 horse, that is really impressive. Simply Ravishing has looked sharp in workouts, with times of 47.20 and 48 seconds at 4 furlongs, and 1:00.00 at 5 furlongs.
Bob Baffert’s $1,350,000 Princess Noor is 3 for 3 and has some really nice wins. She won the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante Stakes (Gr. 1) by 6 ½ lengths in a cakewalk on September 6, and then followed up on September 26 for a 8 ¼ length win in the $200,000 Chandelier Stakes (Gr. 2). Her form has been excellent with times of 47.40 seconds at 4 furlongs, and 59.20 and 49.80 seconds at 5 furlongs. I have to side with Princess Noor, who is one of the better fillies in the country at the moment.