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FREAKY BC FRIDAY

Posted by on 11/4/2013 8:04:47 PM

Okay, it wasn’t exactly like Disney’s teen comedy about switching roles, but online sports betting site players were treated to a little bit of everything at the Breeders’ Cup last Friday.

The day started innocently enough when a second choice won an optional claimer and then things just broke loose.

Heir of Storm added the blinkers when making his 4th start of the year again in an optional claimer and his new rider Jose Lezcano put him on the lead and he never looked back to the tune of a $77.60 victory.

And that was just the beginning.

It was becoming increasingly obvious that speed was going to be king on the main track and Better Bet, who was tabbed at 12-1 on the morning line, sat a length and a half off the lead early, and then held on by a half-length to win a state-bred juvenile stakes at 47-1.

Those two races set the stage for Breeders’ Cup action and the Marathon was the first event out of the block.

It was a tough race to handicap because very few races are carded in this country at a mile and three quarters and horses were coming from all over the globe.

There was a French invader; one from S. America, representatives from Philly, Laurel, Belmont, Fresno and Churchill but when the smoke cleared the pastry was there for all to have as London Bridge made his rivals fall down.

The runner was coming off a mid-pack effort at Deauville but he came from second to last to get up in the nick of time under Mike Smith to pay a juicy 9-1.

The foreign influence and Mike Smith clicked right back at 6-1 in the Juvenile Turf as Outstrip, a Group 2 winner this year, came from second to last to reel in favorite Bobby’s Kitten and Giovanni Boldini.

With a quick run to the first turn, being outside in the Dirt Mile was not really the placed to be but Goldencents fought and got the lead and held on by nearly 3 lengths to pay $9.60.

Yet another favorite bit the dust in the Juvenile Turf when Chriselliam proved her win in the Group 1 Shadwell at Newmarket when she settled early and inhaled the leaders around the 16th pole to reward backers at $15.80.

The final BC race of the day continued the downfall of the chalk as the race was supposed to be about defending champ Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar, who was seeking her fifth straight Grade 1 victory.

Richard Mandella’s trainee Beholder had other ideas and she got an ideal 3-hole trip under Hall of Famer Gary Stevens to extend her lead at the wire winning by over 4 lengths as the third choice in the field.

The winning Beyer Speed Figures for the BC winners were a mixed bag. London Bridge was awarded an 87 figure, Outstrip recorded a 93 figure and

Goldencents was visually impressive and his 105 Beyer was deserved while Chriselliam recorded and ordinary 88 figure.

In the Distaff, Beholder recorded a 105 Beyer, and she very well may have sewed up the Eclipse Award.


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