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Where Do Winners Come From?

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 10/14/2013 8:26:02 PM

One benefit for online sports betting site players about the Breeders’ Cup this year is there was an immediate precedent set last year at the very same Santa Anita.

Let’s go through the opening day of the Cup last year and identify where the winners came from in each race.

On Friday, the BC Juvenile Sprint kicked off the action and it didn’t take long for the tote board to light up.

Merit Man was bet down to one/two after winning his first two races and he fired setting a :45.94 pace but was collared by the longest shot on the board in Hightail.

Hightail, a D. Wayne Lukas student, rated just off the pace, got within a length of the lead at the top of the lane and prevailed by a nose at 15-1.

The youngster was cutting back after running out of the money in the grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Churchill and he didn’t even have a recorded workout over the Santa Anita surface. He earned a 90 Beyer Speed Figure after running the 6 furlongs in 1:09.75.

The one and three quarter Marathon was next out of the blocks and again, those that took the chalk were crying in their beer.

Calidoscopio came from 13th and dead last to win by over 4 lengths at a fat 17-1. The runner had not raced since June when he took a Group 2 in Argentina at a mile and 9 sixteenths. He has several works in California including a couple at Santa Anita.

The Juveniles Fillies Turf continued the onslaught of big prices as French invader Flotilla sat 10th early but got within 2 lengths at the top of the lane before winning going away at 11-1.

With a 6-1, a 43-1 and a 14-1 following her home, the $1 superfecta paid nearly $20,000. Flotilla got the mile in 1:40.73 and recorded an 84 Beyer.

Sanity was restored in the 8 and a half furlong Juvenile Fillies next as Beholder took advantage of the rail and went wire-to-wire in 1:43.61. The Richard Mandella charge was coming off an allowance win with a 108 Beyer and recorded a solid 95 figure BC Day.

The Filly and Mare Turf took center stage next at a mile and a quarter and Zagora made amends for running second in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl in her prior race when she came from 5th to win by just under a length with a 99 Beyer. She had an excuse in the Flower Bowl as it was a yielding turf course and she didn’t have any local recorded works before her Turf success.

The Ladies Classic brought down the curtain on the first Breeders’ Cup day last year and Royal Delta cinched her Eclipse Award when she tow-roped 7 rivals to win the 9-furlong Classic in 1:48.80. She set splits of :45.81 and 1:09.80 while recording a gaudy 108 Beyer.

Royal Delta was coming off a 106 Beyer when she won the Beldame about 5 weeks before the Classic and she had 3 solid drills after that win but no works at Anita.

This racing game is about history and past performances so it can never hurt to take a look at recent horse betting results.

The Saturday action will be chronicled at a later date.

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