Horse Racingt Picks | Breeders’ Cup World Championships | Jacob Pollowitz

It's moment of truth time. I've read the Daily Racing Form front and back, listened to the opinions of private clockers and watched several of the horses train live and in person.

  • Saturday, November 5, 2011 1:52am
  • Sports

It’s moment of truth time. I’ve read the Daily Racing Form front and back, listened to the opinions of private clockers and watched several of the horses train live and in person.

Now, I’ve got to make my picks!

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint:
1.      Secret Circle (6-5)
2.      Jake Mo (20-1)
3.      Vexor (5-1)
I hate to pick a favorite in the first BC race*and a triple chalky one at that*but Secret Circle looks much the best in this newest addition to the Breeders’ Cup lineup. This Eddington colt is fast-fast-fast*how about a 1:08 1/5 in the Jack Goodman at Santa Anita two days after BC Sprint contender Amazombie won the Ancient Title (G1) in 1:08 1/5. This could be a romp!  Remington Park shipper Jake Mo might be a useful bomber for exactas and trifectas.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf:
1.      Pure Gossip (12-1)
2.      Elusive Kate (2-1)
3.      Dear Lavinia (30-1)
Now this is more like it. At double-digit odds, Pure Gossip is a must play. In her turf and route debut she obliterated an eight-horse field to win a Grade 3 stakes and has the tactical speed to get the first jump on the leaders. If I’m right about Pure Gossip and third choice Dear Lavinia, the trip will be paid in full!

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint:
1.      Switch (3-1)
2.      Tanda (20-1)
3.      Turbulent Descent (6-5)
At 6-to-5, I have to take a stand against prohibitive favorite Turbulent Descent, who makes her first start against older horses. Switch, meanwhile, relishes the dirt and seven furlongs is her ideal distance, not to mention she’s kept company with the likes of Blind Luck and Havre de Grace. Runner-up in this race last year on this track, she gets all the candy this time. Tanda has a great style and is worth a look at a big price.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies:
1.      My Miss Aurelia (5-2)
2.      Miss Netta (15-1)
3.      Wemissfrankie (4-1)
Undefeated in three starts, My Miss Aurelia had no problem stretching out in her last race, winning the one-mile Frizette (G1) by 5-½ lengths. She’s got loads of gas in a race that doesn’t feature a ton of speed. Expect her to be on or near the lead early and drawing away late. Miss Netta should like the distance and her daddy, Street Sense, won the Kentucky Derby over this strip in 2007.

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf:
1.      Nahrain (7-2)
2.      Announce (9-2)
3.      Stacelita (2-1)
Nahrain is my top pick on Friday’s card! This lightly raced 3-year-old is undefeated in four career starts while competing against some of the top competition overseas. Historically, European Thoroughbreds tend to fare better on the turf than their American counterparts, which makes Nahrain the horse to beat.

Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic:
1.      Ultra Blend (8-1)
2.      Royal Delta (5-2)
3.      Miss Match (10-1)
Ultra Blend looked fantastic on the track Thursday morning and just might be good enough to score the upset. While Royal Delta has impressed the local clockers, I’ll pick her second because Ultra Blend is too consistent to ignore, especially at a juicy 8-to-1. Notice I left 8-to5 morning-line favorite Plum Pretty off my list. Going against older horses for the first time while having to contend with loads of speed in a 1-1/8 mile race is a daunting task, even for this classy Bob Baffert trainee. Noted she won the Kentucky Oaks here in May, but I’d simply want bigger odds on a filly being asked to do so much.


More in Sports

Foster sees big jump in soccer squads

Looking around at practice this spring, Foster girls soccer coach Heather Deleza couldn’t help but notice: It’s a little crowded.

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and Page Carson Foster. Photo credit Washington State Legislative Support Services
Carson Foster serves as page in Washington State House

The following was submitted to the Reporter: Carson Foster, a student at… Continue reading

Auburn Riverside defenders bring down Kennedy Catholic’s Junior Alexander during North Puget Sound League Mountain Division action in Oct. 2018 at Auburn Memorial Stadium. Photo by Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter
Lawmakers push concussion awareness and best practices in sports

SB 5238 requires University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center to compile research data

Photo pulled from the Seawolves website and was taken by Mark David Janzen
Seawolves hunt down Toronto arrows at Starfire

This was the first time the Seawolves have taken on the Toronto Arrows

Photos by Kayse Angel
Seawolves win season, home opener 20-18

In front of a sold out crowd, the Seawolves beat the Glendale Raptors Sunday at Starfire Stadium.

At long last, Edgar Martinez’s waiting game is over. Photo by clare_and_ben/Flickr
Edgar Martinez finally makes the Hall of Fame

In his last year on the ballot, the Mariner legend and greatest designated hitter of all time gets the Cooperstown call.

Photos by Kayse Angel
Bulldogs beat No.1 team in league

The Foster High School boys basketball team dominated the Renton High School… Continue reading

Sounders, Seattle Reign announce new partnership

Zulily, locally-based online retailer, is only the second jersey sponsor for the Sounders since 2009.

Photo courtesy of the Seawolves
Seawolves are game ready

The Seattle based rugby team has been prepping for their second ever season.

Tukwila Pool highlights Foster swim team

By Michelle Simpson, director of operations and John Forsyth, Foster head swim… Continue reading

Reporter Athlete of the Month: Joshua Saole-Favors

Foster High School’s Joshua Saole-Favors, football, was selected as the Tukwila Reporter’s… Continue reading

Reporter Athlete of the Month: Precious Serafica

Foster High School’s Precious Serafica, volleyball, was selected as the Tukwila Reporter’s… Continue reading