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Breeders’ Cup Post Positions Drawn

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

We're less than a week from Breeders' Cup weekend and today the post positions were drawn for each of the fourteen championship races. 


The most prestigious race and the most anticipated is the Classic. Run at 1 ¼ mile on Saturday evening, a field of 10 will run for their piece of the $6 million purse. The Kentucky Derby winner, AUTHENTIC, finds himself in a tough spot between IMPROBABLE (8) and MAXIMUM SECURITY (10) in the 9 post and at 6-1 odds. These three horses from the Baffert barn are going to be hard to beat. We'll see how TIZ THE LAW fares from being so close to the rail. We know AUTHENTIC and MAXIMUM SECURITY can go the distance, but will they be able to get from the outside to the rail in time to challenge the Belmont winner to the wire? It's going to be one heck of an exciting race.


Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Tacitus

Jose Ortiz

20-1

2

Tiz the Law

Manny Franco

3-1

3

By My Standards

Gabriel Saez

10-1

4

Tom's d'Etat

Joel Rosario

6-1

5

Title Ready

Corey Lanarie

30-1

6

Higher Power

Flavien Prat

20-1

7

Global Campaign

Javier Castellano

20-1

8

Improbable

Irad Oritz, Jr. 

5-2

9

Authentic

John Velazquez

6-1

10

Maximum Security

Luis Saez

7-2



In the $4 million Turf, another field of 10 will be going a mile and a half on the grass. The 5 year old MAGICAL was runner up to the incredible ENABLE in 2018. This race is a great mix between the Europeans and the American-bred turf horses.



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Arklow

Florent Geroux

5-1

2

Magical

Ryan Moore

5-2

3

Tarnawa

C. Soumillon

6-1

4

Mendaayih

Joel Rosario

30-1

5

Donjah

C. Lecoeuvre

30-1

6

Lord North

Frankie Dettori

8-1

7

United

Flavien Prat

8-1

8

Red King

Umberto Rispoli

20-1

9

Channel Maker

Manny Franco

5-1

10

Mogul

P. Charles-Boudot

4-1


The $2 million Distaff is going to be one heck of a race between the girls. You've got the 2018 star and Eclipse Award-winning MONOMOY GIRL favored. This mare not only won in 2018, but underwent colic surgery in 2019 and missed the entire year. She came back in 2020 with a vengeance and is ready to reclaim her title, but she is breaking from the 10 spot. On the other hand, you have the Preakness winning SWISS SKYDIVER who took on the boys and beat the Derby winner by a nose. 



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Ce Ce

John Velazquez

12-1

2

Harvest Moon

Flavien Prat

12-1

3

Dunbar Road

Jose Ortiz

12-1

4

Horologist

Junior Alvarado

8-1

5

Swiss Skydiver

Robby Albarado

2-1

6

Lady Kate

Tyler Gaffalione

15-1

7

Point of Honor

Javier Castellano

30-1

8

Valiance

Luis Saez

12-1

9

Ollie's Candy

Joel Rosario

10-1

10

Monomoy Girl

Florent Geroux

8-5


The $2 million Mile (Turf) will be another battle of the US and European horses. Last year, Chad Brown's UNI took the title. This year, she contends with the KITTEN'S JOY colt, KAMEKO. He has been saving his energy just for this race. She's also breaking from the 12 spot out of a field of 14. 



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Circus Maximus

Ryan Moore

12-1

2

Kameko

Oisin Murphy

6-1

3

Lope Y Fernandez

Frankie Dettori

30-1

4

Siskin

Colin Keane

12-1

5

Digital Age

Javier Castellano

8-1

6

Safe Voyage

Jason Hart

15-1

7

Casa Creed

Junior Alvarado

20-1

8

March to the Arch

Tyler Gaffalione

15-1

9

One Master

P. Charles-Boudot

15-1

10

Halladay

Luis Saez

12-1

11

Ivar

Joe Talamo

4-1

12

Uni

Joel Rosario

5-1

13 

Factor This

Florent Geroux

8-1

14

Raging Bull

Jose Ortiz

8-1


The $2 million Sprint will feature a field of 15 with CZ ROCKET and YAUPON both favored at 7-2. Then there's VEKOMA at 3-1. He's 5-for-5, but hasn't raced since winning the Met Mile back in July. YAUPON is a 4-for-4 three year old trained by Steve Asmussen, who wins at six furlongs. However, this is his first Grade 1 race. Then there's FRANK'S ROCKETTE at 10-1, WHITMORE at 15-1 with Irad Ortiz, Jr. on board and FIRENZE FIRE at 8-1 - all seasoned Breeders' Cup horses. This one will be over in a flash, who will cross the finish line first?



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Echo Town

Ricardo Santana, Jr. 

20-1

2

C Z Rocket

Luis Saez

7-2

3

Collusion Illusion

Flavien Prat

20-1

4

Bon Raison

Adam Beschizza

30-1

5

Manny Wah

Tyler Gaffalione

30-1

6

Frank's Rockette

Junior Albarado

10-1

7

Whitmore

Irad Ortiz, Jr. 

15-1

8

Firenze Fire

Jose Lezcano

8-1

9

Empire of Gold

Declan Carroll

30-1

10

Yaupon

Joel Rosario

7-2

11

Diamond Oops

Florent Geroux

8-1

12

Hog Creek Hustle

Corey Lanerie

30-1

13 

Jasper Prince

Jose Ortiz

30-1

14

Vekoma

Javier Castellano

3-1

15 AE

Lasting Legacy

Brian Hernandez, Jr.

30-1


The $2 million Filly & Mare Turf runs at 1 3/16 miles. For the lat nine years, Chad Brown or a Euro horse has won. This year, RUSHING FALL is back and she's ready to win it again. She's also already won a G1 at Keeneland this year. Chad Brown has four horses in the field of 14. It will be interesting to see how this race plays out. 



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Starship Jubilee

Florent Geroux

10-1

2

Sistercharlie

John Velazquez

6-1

3

Peaceful

Ryan Moore

12-1

4

Mean Mary

Luis Saez

7-2

5

My Sister Nat

Jose Ortiz

12-1

6

Rushing Fall

Javier Castellano

5-2

7

Terebellum

Frankie Dettori

20-1

8

Mucho Unusual

Flavien Prat

30-1

9

Harvey's Lil Goil

Junior Alvarado

20-1

10

Civil Union

Joel Rosario

12-1

11

Audarya

P. Charles-Boudot

12-1

12

Lady Prancealot

Manny Franco

30-1

13 

Nay Lady Nay

Irado Ortiz, Jr. 

20-1

14

Cayenne Pepper

Shane Foley

8-1


The Dirt Mile has an all star lineup as well with 13 horses vying for their piece of $1 million. Running a mile at Keeneland is a little different as the track is 1 1/16 miles. After the horses break at nearly the finish line, they only have 110 yards to the clubhouse turn. The race will finish at the sixteenth pole. The winner will need to break sharp, get to the lead and be ready to not get lost in the crowd on the turn. ART COLLECTOR has post 1. WAR OF WILL, KNICKS GO and MR. MONEY are all together in the 4, 5, 6 and 6 posts. Then you have COMPLEXITY, JESUS' TEAM and OWENDALE in the 10, 11 and 12th posts. It's beginning to feel like everyone of these races is going to be a must see event!



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Art Collector

Brian Hernandez, Jr. 

6-1 lll// 

2

Sharp Samurai

Irad Ortiz, Jr. 

15-1

3

Silver Dust

Adam Beschizza

30-1

4

War of Will

Tyler Gaffalione

10-1

5

Knicks Go

Joel Rosario

7-2

6

Mr. Money

Gabriel Saez

20-1

7

Rushie

Javier Castellano

20-1

8

Pirate's Punch

Jorge Vargas, Jr. 

20-1

9

Mr. Freeze

Manny Franco

6-1

10

Complexity

Jose Ortiz

2-1

11

Jesus' Team

Luis Saez

30-1

12

Owendale

Florent Geroux

15-1

13 AE

Pingxiang

Flavien Prat



There's a field of 14 in the $1 million Turf Sprint. The favored GOT STORMY drew the 12 post, which made trainer Mark Casse happy. LEINSTER is a five-year-old with two Grade 2 victories over the same distance of 5 ½ furlongs. IMPRIMIS won the G3 Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs in September and could easily be in contention. 



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Big Runnuer

Juan Hernandez

12-1

2

Just Might

Colby Hernandez

30-1

3

Imprimis

Irad Ortiz

4-1

4

Front Run the Fed

Javier Castellano

12-1

5

Wet Your Whistle

Jose Ortiz

15-1

6

Glass Slippers

Tom Eaves

12-1

7

Leinster

Luis Saez

4-1

8

Oleksandra

Joel Rosario

12-1

9

Into Mystic

Joe Talamo

12-1

10

Bombard

Flavien Prat

15-1

11

Wildman Jack

Manny Franco

12-1

12

Got Stormy

Tyler Gaffalione

7-2

13 

Texas Wedge

Florent Geroux

30-1

14

Extravagant Kid

Umberto Rispoli

15-1


The $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint is run at 7 furlongs and will feature the powerful GAMINE at 7-5. This field is significantly smaller with only 9 running. SERENGETI EMPRESS is 3-1.



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Speech

Javier Castellano

6-1

2

Gamine

John Velazquez

7-5

3

Come Dancing

Irad Ortiz, Jr. 

8-1

4

Inthemidstofbiz

Emmanuel Esquivel

30-1

5

Sconsin

James Graham

20-1

6

Venetian Harbor

Manny Franco

8-1

7

Serengeti Empress

Luis Saez

3-1

8

Sally's Curlin

Brian Hernandez, Jr. 

20-1

9

Bell's the One

Corey Lanerie

6-1


Now, for the juveniles. They may be young, but they are prepping for an exciting three year old season. While the veteran's will run on Saturday, these young ones are running on Friday. 


The $2 million Juvenile is at 1 1/16 miles and will feature JACKIE'S WARRIOR. The colt has led the field and won in his last three starts, but he's never gone around two turns. He will break from the 7 post. Brad Cox's ESSENTIAL QUALITY has run two turns and won the G1 Breeders' Futurity and will break from the 5 spot. REINVESTMENT RISK leaves from the 3rd spot with 9-2 odds. 



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Camp Hope

Robby Albarado

30-1

2

King Fury

Brian Hernandez

15-1

3

Reinvestment Risk

Irad Ortiz

9-2

4

Likeable

John Velazquez

15-1

5

Essential Quality

Luis Saez

4-1

6

Keepmeinmind

Jose Ortiz

30-1

7

Jackie's Warrior

Joel Rosario

7-5

8

Classier

Florent Geroux

15-1

9

Sittin on Go

Corey Lanerie

12-1

10

Dreamer's Disease

David Cohen

30-1

11

Next

Gerardo Corrales

15-1

12

Hot Rod Charlie

Tyler Gaffalione

30-1

13 

Rombauer

Javier Castellano

15-1

14

Calibrate

Ricardo Santana

20-1


The Juvenile Fillies Turf is run at one mile for $1 million. Chad Brown has five in the race and Brad Cox has a filly that has already won at 1 1/16 mile. Then there's the foreign horses that were Group 1 and Grade 2 winners in CAMPANELLE and PLUM ALI. 



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Oodnadatta

Shane Foley

20-1

2

Miss Amulet

Julien Leparoux

12-1

3

Alda

John Velazquez

12-1

4

Plum Ali

Joel Rosario

4-1

5

Aunt Pearl

Florent Geroux

3-1

6

Nazuna

Luis Saez

30-1

7

Tetragonal

Manny Franco

20-1

8

Mother Earth

Ryan Moore

20-1

9

Madone

Flavien Prat

10-1

10

Campanelle

Frankie Dettori

4-1

11

Royal Approval

Irad Ortiz, Jr. 

10-1

12

Spanish Loveaffair

Tyler Gaffalione

15-1

13 

Union Gables

Jose Ortiz

20-1

14

Editor at Large

Javier Castellano

12-1

15 AE

Invincible Gal

Jose Ortiz


16 AE

Snowfall

Pierre-Charles Boudot



The $2 million Juvenile Fillies features a smaller field of seven with PRINCESS NOOR breaking from the 7 spot at 9-5. She has won a G1 and G2 this year, but has not started outside of California. SIMPLY RAVISHING and DAYOUTOFTHEOFFICE are both at 5-2. 



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Simply Ravishing

Luis Saez

5-2

2

Vequist

Joel Rosario

8-1

3

Dayoutoftheoffice

Junior Albarado

5-2

4

Thoughtfully

Ricardo Santana, Jr.

20-1

5

Girl Daddy

Joe Talamo

6-1

6

Crazy Beautify

Brian Hernandez, Jr. 

20-1

7

Princess Noor

Victor Espinoza, Jr.

9-5


The Europeans are really hoping to take the $1 million Juvenile Turf at the mile. History is not on O'Brien's side, but has big hopes for BATTLEGROUND.



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Sealiway

M. Barzalona

8-1

2

New Mandate

Frankie Dettori

12-1

3

Abarta

Umberto Rispoli

12-1

4

Public Sector

Irad Ortiz, Jr. 

8-1

5

Cadillac

Shane Foley

6-1

6

Mutasaabeq

Luis Saez

5-1

7

Fire at Will

Ricardo Santana

12-1

8

Outadore

Jose Ortiz

8-1

9

Battleground

Ryan Moore

6-1

10

Ebeko

Flavien Prat

20-1

11

Gretzky the Great

Tyler Gaffalione

8-1

12

Go Athletico

A. Lemaitre

10-1

13 

Devilwala

Rossa Ryan

30-1

14

The Lir Jet

Oisin Ruan

20-1


Last but not least is the $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint. GOLDEN PAL is the favorite at 8-5 but is breaking from the far outside 14th post. 



Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

1

Mighty Gurkha

Hollie Doyle

20-1

2

Windy City Red

Jose Valdivia, JR.

30-1

3

Lipizzaner

Ryan Moore

20-1

4

County Final

Joel Rosario

15-1

5

Cowan

Ricardo Santana, Jr.

8-1

6

Ubettabelieveit

Rowan Scott

20-1

7

Momos

Manny Franco

15-1

8

Amanzi Yimpilo

Luis Saez

15-1

9

After Five

Jose Ortiz

6-1

10

Bodenheimer

Brian Hernandez, Jr.

8-1

11

Into the Sunrise

Rafael Bejarano

15-1

12

Dirty Dangle

Tyler Gaffalione

20-1

13 

Second of July

Dylan Davis

8-1

14

Golden Pal

Irad Ortiz, Jr. 

8-5

15 AE

Blame the Booze

Gerardo Corrales


16 AE

Gypsy King

Joel Rosario


17 AE

Trade Deal

Julio Garcia



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