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Bet Breeders Cup – Breeder’s Cup Lessons Friday

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 11/5/2012 5:19:39 PM

Breeders’ Cup lessons this year start with the grand old master D. Wayne Lukas. The man who has won more BC races than any human being alive did it again in the first BC race of the year when his 0 for 8 Hightail cut back from a mile and a sixteenth on the synthetic to take the 6-furlong Juvenile Sprint over the 1-2 chalk Merit Man.

It was a clever ride by Rajiv Maragh as he sat about a length and a half off the lead, saved ground on the rail and got up by a nose after the top two betting sites horses did the bump and grind thing in the lane.

For Lukas the number was 19 and 77. The first digit the number of his BC wins, the last his age. Bob Hess Jr. trains Merit Man and he took the defeat in stride. Hess: “That’s 19 for Lukas, 0 for me. That’s okay; my colt is just a clown, still learning. He ran hard and I’m proud of him.”

And who says youth must be served? Tell that to senior citizen Calidoscopio, a 9-year-old who made it 3 for 4 this year as he was making his first start in the states and winning the $500,000 Marathon. He didn’t figure to be intimidated as he has beaten big fields in the past and he was expertly managed as his Argentinean trainer Guillermo Frankel who shipped to California way back in September and it paid dividends as his runner was fully acclimated.

The favorite Atigun had no real excuse as he made the lead but had to go pretty fast for the mile and three quarter event.

Juvenile fillies on turf took the stage next and what happened, and what many predicted, is that the Euros would be tough. For those that went to Sky Lantern, who was coming off a win in Ireland, they watched in horror as this miss had a rough trip and ran out of the money. It left the barn door wide open for Flotilla. This miss was winning her second career race and paid a juicy 11-1 but for those that went deep in the pedigree, they got paid.

Those Californians that have watched the horse betting races at Santa Anita for years did not dismiss Flotilla because of her dam Louvain. That miss also won her U.S. debut after shipping from France and she also won over this very turf course in 2005 when she took the $100,000 H C Ramser Stakes.

They say speed kills but only if you get caught and Beholder in the Juvenile Fillies was not about to get caught. She went to the front at the sound of the bell and never looked back holding off the formerly unbeaten Executiveprivilege like she has been doing it her entire career.

In reality, Beholder was just making her fifth career start, but she has got one heck of a mentor. Her trainer Richard Mandella won four BC races at Anita back in 2003.

The best horse does not always get the prize and The Fugue knows all too well about that adage. She was mauled, stopped, blew a tire and still ran third in the Filly and Mare Turf. Take nothing away from Zagora, who didn’t care for the yielding course in the Flower Bowl but quickened in time to get the top prize paying $20.40.

The Ladies Classic was comprised of some of the nicest runners around and the disappointment in the race was Awesome Feather, who had won her 10 previous races but raced 4 wide and never kicked.

The winner, Royal Delta, deserved the top prize. She is one beautiful filly who looks like the late great Ruffian with a white star in the middle of her face. She got a flyer out of the gate under Mike Smith and just would not let My Miss Aurelia get by in the lane.

How tough was it to scope out all of the winners on BC Friday? Tough since there was one pick-six ticket that paid a whopping $773,865.20.

Live and learn and you’ll fight and gamble another sports betting day.

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