By Michael Patricks
Breeders’ Cup 35 is in the books and will go down in racing lore as one to remember. Enable was nothing short of brilliant in taking down the Breeders’ Cup Turf after capturing the Prix de l’arc de Triomph for a second time. Enable ran an eyeball-popping 114 Beyer Speed Figure despite being floated extremely wide on the turn in for home. Accelerate was awesome in the ‘Classic as he pasted a talented group of runners and ran a 105. Normally, five consecutive Grade 1 wins would be a solid argument towards Horse of the Year honors, but less we forget that Accelerate is up against Justify who won the Triple Crown. Honorable shout out goes to Roy H who was visually impressive in the ‘Sprint as he laid waste to a real nice group of runners. Roy H received a 111 Beyer for his clear cut score.
My selections over the two days were decent, with Expert Eye and Bulletin the clear ROI highlights. Expert Eye returned $13.80 and Bulletin had a yield of $10.60. A couple selections ran good races at big prices, including runner-up Uncle Benny (who was probably best) at 8/1 and Seeking the Soul at 10/1 who was no match for City of Light. The “Most Disappointing Favorite of the Breeders’ Cup” award has to go to Catalina Cruiser who provided next to nothing at odds-on in the Dirt Mile. I suppose next to nothing is better than nothing, but not much better…
Fiery Lady came through as the bail-out special as predicted by yours truly in the “Get Even Stakes” at Golden Gate Fields ($7.40) to close out the Saturday program. I want to take this opportunity to thank her and her trainer Steve Specht for putting my wallet back together when it was needed the most.
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Del Mar Thoroughbred Club-Race 7
The Let it Ride (Restricted Stakes)
1 Mile on Turf for 3 Y/O
Take: #1 Afleet Ascent 3/1
Real short on time for extended analysis this week, but most of you probably prefer I just give you the baby without the labor pains, so here’s why I like Afleet Ascent on Saturday.
- First off, he’s not favored
- Draws a cozy inside slot on grass
- Has already displayed a fondness for the Del Mar sod
- Jockey has gotten to know him well and sticks in his corner
- Comes in off his top Beyer figure and seems to be improving of late
- Yes, he drew perfectly with the outside slot down the hill but love that he defeated older runners in his first start against elder
- If you look at his running lines, he’s become a completely different animal when he runs at a target compared to all his races where he had to get his head in front at the first call, only to back up the truck through the lane.
Good luck on Saturday and a reminder that we will be open throughout the weekend into Monday for Veterans Day. Doors Open at 10 a.m. all weekend long and the first 25 Veterans to our facility* will receive a $5 betting voucher.
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