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Bet Breeders Cup - Sipping the Champagne

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 10/4/2012 6:33:19 PM

What: Horse Racing Betting Tips – Champagne, SA Sprint Championship.
Who: Thoroughbreds – Chief Havoc and Amazombie (win)
Where: Belmont, Santa Anita
When: Saturday, October 6

Babies take the spotlight in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Saturday and the emphasis for online sports betting site players will be on speed on the West Coast with the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

Let’s look at the Champagne first.

Shanghai Bobby puts his unbeaten record on the line. Love this charge’s style as he can give you a sub :22 quarter or settle, rally and still inch away. Runner was also flattered when the fourth finisher in the Hopeful came back here last Sunday to win the Grade 2 Futurity going away with an 85 Beyer. Sire proved stamina as a multiple Grade 1 winning router. Dam did win going long on grass. This is her first to race. Todd Pletcher 13 for 87 or 15% the last 5 years with sprint to route runners in Grade stakes and 12 ran second. His trainer had this to say in the Belmont notes, Pletcher: “We were encouraged with the way he rated in the Hopeful…the fact he successfully got seven furlongs and wasn’t desperate doing it was a good indication that a one-turn mile should be well within his scope.”

Fortify can run some. Considering he acted up at the gate, the horse betting debut was even more impressive. He was bumped solidly by eventual trailer Lawn Man in the last effort and pretty much was beaten on the square thereafter. Sire known as a sprinter but he did win going long. Dam lost 5 times. Lone sibling to race lost 5 times. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin 8 for 33 or 24% the last 5 years with sprint to route runners in Grade stakes and 2 ran second.

One runner deserves and upset chance and that is Chief Havoc.  This colt has the benefit of being the only runner in the field with route experience; who was he facing in England? The winner of the debut was making his first start but that runner is out of an over $250,000 earner and kin to three that banked at least $280,000 a piece. Trainer Jeremy Nosada has a great racing pedigree as he worked with John Dunlop and John Gosden and he knows how to win in this country as he won the BC Juvenile in 2004 with Wilco and the Jamaica last year with Western Aristocrat. The blood on the bottom side is powerful as the dam took the Grade 3 Tempted here at this very distance with a 90 Beyer on way to over $350,000 career. Sire could run all day long. Half sister Tia did cash routing once. Youngster has upset potential.

Out West, it may come down to a fight in the SA Sprint Championship between Jimmy Creed and Amazombie.

Jimmy overcame the poor start in the July finale and the tough beat in the miler last time may have helped his stamina. The work last Saturday was a full second faster than spin posted by Castletown, a double winner who recorded a winning 92 Beyer on September 3. The future is very bright for this guy as his kin Pussycat Doll took a Grade 1 at 5, and won nearly $800,000. Could envision him sitting a nice stalk and pounce journey.

Amazombie has been expertly managed by Bill Spawr as he has used the same springboards as he did last year on his way to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Trainer has also won this race with Saratoga Gambler and the speedy Bordonaro. In that drill last Saturday, this speedball worked the opening quarter in :25.20, finished the last quarter in :24, and galloped out in 1:26 2/5, just the way you would want it done. Next stop the BC Sprint if things unfold to stable’s liking.

Take Amazombie to be a prompt chalk and Chief Havoc to upset the betting sites apple cart.

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