Breeders' Cup Weekend Picks

By Chuck P.

Posted: August 10, 7:17 PM

Churchill Downs

November 02 2018

8:44 AM

The Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare

I am leaning toward the European runners in this race. Top trainer Aiden O’Brien is sending two runners to the post. # 10 Magic Wand appears to be his best chance and looks to fit the distance well. I look for this one to run a big race. Chad Brown is also sending out three horses for this event. Chad’s horses generally are ready for their best in the big races, especially on the turf. I look for # 6 Sistercharlie to be very tough in this spot. Another European horse I look to run big is #3 Wild Illusion, who appears sharp heading into this race. Another of Brown’s horses rounds out my picks in # 1 Fourstar Crook.  My play is #10 Win/Place. Exacta box #6 and #10, Exacta key #10 over #1 and #3 and a Tri key #10 over #1, #3 and #6.


Sentient Jet Breeder’s’ Cup Juvenile

Look for Code of Honor to lay in a stalking position with a clean break today and be along in time. Game Winner was easy winner in last at distance, in short field. He should see more pressure today at or near the front end, will hang on for a share. Signalman will be around at the end to pick up the pieces and earn a minor award. Consider Gunmetal Gray and Well Defined if looking to go deeper in exotics. My plays are #11 Code of Honor Win/Place, Exacta box #9 Game Winner and #11, Exacta Key #11 over #5 Well Defined, #12 Gunmetal Gray and #14 Signalman, Tri Key #11 over #5, #9, #12 and #14.


Distaff:  Blue Prize

Turf: Enable

Classic: Catholic Boy