The two biggest stories from Day One of the Breeders' Cup : Untapable and Rosie's retirement.
Untapable was absolutely terrific in capturing the Breeders' Cup Distaff as she continued a memorable 2014 campaign. The filly won for the sixth time in seven races this year and her only defeat was against the boys in the Haskell. Untapable struggled in that one....finishing far back in fifth place. Oh what might have been as had she taken down the Haskell, she very well could have taken down Horse of the Year .
The sensational runner is still in the HOY hunt...but is a longshot. Course after the Distaff, winning jockey Rosie Napravnik dropped a bombshell, announcing her retirement following her four races on BC Saturday. Rosie is pregnant and with her hubby, is ready to start a family.
Now on to some quick picks for Saturday !
Filly & Mare Turf: Stephanie's Kitten, who heads to the race with a full head of steam. The long mile and quarter on the lawn shouldn't be an issue. She can get a distance and jockey John Velazquez just has to work out a decent trip.
Juvenile: Hey, let's "Seize The Day" and select Todd Pletcher's 2-year-old Carpe Diem. This guy along with Pletcher's other entry, Daredevil figure to be the top betting choices. Carpe Diem breaks from the 9 hole, while Daredevil starts from way out in post 12. A better post give C.D. the nod.
Mile: Wise Dan's absence is bad luck for race fans. Euro star, Toronado is the one to beat...but I'm going for a price with Seek Again whose morning line odds are 6-1. Seek Again will have to work out a trip from post 12 as he really likes to run along the inside. Let's hope his jock, Joel Rosario gets a good spot to pounce on the leaders down the stretch.
Classic: It's Chrome Sweet Chrome. California Chrome has been training up a storm and his best races have been at Santa Anita. He really likes that surface. This might give him a slight edge over the favorite, Shared Belief.