Friday Breeders’ Cup Picks

Happy Breeders’ Cup Friday folks. Four races today will be featured from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA, worth a total of $5 Million in purse money. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Network or HRTV.

Here’s a rundown of the four races today at Santa Anita:

First, here are selections from my buddy Cory Hodskins:

BC Juvenile Turf- The impeccably well bred colt Imperia is my pick. I loved the way that JJ asked him to get involved early in the Pilgrim to give himself a chance to win the race. Then went he cut him loose he should a devastating turn of foot to run down a colt who was loose on the lead.

BC Dirt MileGoldencents had a tough post last year versus a similar but blew them away. This year he has had a very similar campaign and gets a much better post. He will be very tough to beat.

BC Juvenile Filly Turf– This is the most wide open race of the day. I believe almost every filly in the race can win. I look at Europeans first in all of these turf races  I believe Osaila (IRE) is the best of the Europeans and will get the best trip and she is my pick to win.

BC DistaffClose Hatches has been the best dirt mare all year. I am willing to forgive her last race and take her on top in this year’s Distaff. Rosario should have her on or near the lead throughout and when they turn for home he is always difficult to pass.

And here are my top 3 selections in each race:

Juvenile Turf
  1. Commemorative
  2. Imperia
  3. Hootenanny

Dirt Mile:

  1. Goldencents
  2. Fed Biz
  3. Pants On Fire

Juvenile Fillies Turf:

  1. Conquest Harlante
  2. Osaila
  3. Rainha Da Bateria


  1. Untapable
  2. Close Hatches
  3. Iotapa

Good luck to all.


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