The 26th Breeders’ Cup will be run at Santa Anita this weekend and Dubai International Racing Carnival and World Cup graduates are plentiful at the entry box.
Longshot winner of the 2009 Dubai Duty Free (G1), Gladiatorus will once again hold longshot status in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). Offered at 20-1 on the track’s morning line, Ahmed Ajtebi will attempt to make all on the son of former Mile winner, Silic. Gladiatorus won the Premio Vittorio di Capua (G1) at San Siro last time out, his first victory since the Duty Free spoils.
Regal Ransom, recent winner of the Super Derby (G2) and upset victor of the 2009 UAE Derby (G2), will jump from barrier 11 in the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Few would argue that the frontrunning son of Red Ransom has a pace advantage in the Classic and, similar to his Derby wins, might get courageous on the front end. The ten furlongs of the Classic offer some distance challenges for part of Godolphin’s Classic entry.
Gayego, second in the 2009 Godolphin Mile (G2) and winner of the 2009 Mahab Al Shimaal (G3), was installed as the ante-post second choice in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at 5-2. The speedy son of Gilded Time was impressively victorious in the final Sprint prep at Santa Anita, the Ancient Title Stakes (G1).
Spanish Moon, second in a three-horse photo thriller in the 2009 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), continues his season with a cracking chance in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). A field of eight has been assembled, significantly smaller than in previous years, and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was set as a second choice on the line of 5-2, behind Conduit. Red Rocks, holder of multiple entries in the Sheema Classic, has returned to America for another crack at the Turf title, one he landed in 2006 at Churchill Downs.
Cocoa Beach, winner of the 2008 UAE 1000 Guineas and UAE Oaks, was set at 8-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1). A multiple G1 winner in America, the daughter of Doneraile Court has just one win (in a listed stakes race) this calendar year, and was third in this race last year.