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BREEDERS’ CUP 2021!

MINUTES TO POST!…BREEDERS’ CUP 2021!

BREEDERS’ CUP 2021

Jerry & Suzee Bailey

It’s Post Time in Del Mar!

Join our COFFEEBREAKWITHFRIENDS

“Table of Discussion,” with

Hall of Fame Jockey Jerry Bailey,

who will share his favorite picks on these exciting two days of

 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Thoroughbred Horse Racing,

featuring the best of the best from around the world!

Check out the schedule below.

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on this two day event where the best meet the best!

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The Breeders’ Cup is horse racing’s last hurrah of the year. Horses from around the globe will compete in 14 races over two days, with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic closing out the weekend. Friday will see some of the most promising young horses run in 5 juvenile (2 year old) races. On Saturday, many of the richest horses, trainers and jockeys from around the world face off in 9 championship races, including the weekend’s marquee race, Breeders’ Cup Classic.

HOW TO WATCH!

 

2021 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile:

Scratch of Jack Christopher changes complexion of race

David GreningNov 05, 2021

Commandperformance

Barbara D. Livingston –Commandperformance

enters the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile as a maiden for trainer Todd Pletcher.

DEL MAR, Calif – The complexion of Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar changed less than 24 hours before post time with the news that morning-line favorite Jack Christopher would be scratched due to a shin injury.

Bradley Weisbord, racing manager for part-owners Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister, said that Jack Christopher has an issue with his left shin that will prevent him from running. Weisbord said he received a call early Thursday evening from trainer Chad Brown. Earlier in the day, Brown announced that Domestic Spending had to scratch from the BC Turf due to inflammation in his left foreleg.

“I’ve been doing this now 14 years and I expect these phone calls, they’re still equally gutting,” Weisbord said Thursday night. “Everyone of your good horses is going to get hurt, you just don’t want it be the 6-5 shot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. You feel bad for Jim Bakke, he only has 12 or 14 in training. You feel bad for the little guys that touch the horse like” exercise rider Peter Roman.

Jack Christopher, a son of Munnings, was made the favorite based on two impressive victories, including a 2 3/4-length victory over Commandperformance in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont Park on Oct. 2.

Jack Christopher had earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest figure earned by a 2-year-old in four years.

In 2017, the last time the Breeders’ Cup was held at Del Mar, Brown won the Juvenile with the maiden Good Magic.

Friday, the maiden Commandperformance will attempt to duplicate that feat. Commandperformance, a son Union Rags – second in the 2011 Juvenile after winning the Champagne – was a troubled-trip second in a Sept. 6 maiden race at Saratoga. His connections, trainer Todd Pletcher and owners Mike Repole and Vinnie Viola, treated it as a winning effort and opted to run in the Champagne.

Commandperformance was no match for Jack Christopher in the Champagne but finished seven lengths clear of the rest of the field. Pletcher, a two-time Juvenile winner, saw enough in the Champagne and the colt’s subsequent training to give Commandperformance a try in the Juvenile.

“The figures came back fast on the race. I think he’s continued to develop, I think he’s going to appreciate the added distance,” Pletcher said. “He got a lot of experience in his first race, ate a lot of dirt. For a maiden only having two starts, he’s got some seasoning.”

Irad Ortiz Jr. rides Commandperformance from post 9 in the now 11-horse field.

Pletcher also entered Double Thunder, a son of his 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, who has three wins from five starts. Double Thunder won the Sapling at Monmouth going a two-turn mile and came back with a solid second behind Rattle N Roll in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity on Oct. 9 at Keeneland.

Pletcher is putting blinkers on Double Thunder for the Juvenile. He has worked him twice in such equipment.

“He needs to continue to step up, but if things were to unfold right and the blinkers move him forward and he gets a good trip I think he could get a piece of it,” said Pletcher, who has Flavien Prat to ride.

Bob Baffert, a four-time Juvenile-winning trainer, has entered three in this year’s race. Corniche and Pinehurst are both unbeaten Grade 1 winners. Barossa is coming off a maiden victory going two turns on Oct. 15 at Santa Anita.

Corniche, a son of Quality Road, advanced from a 5 1/2-furlong maiden victory on Sept. 4 at Del Mar to winning the Grade 1 American Pharoah at 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 1 at Santa Anita.

“I wasn’t sure about him, but then after he did it I felt better,” Baffert said. “He’s come back, had a couple of works that were sort of messed up, but [Saturday] he had a nice work. I think he’s going into it really well, but there’s a lot of speed in the race. It’s all about the trip. In the Breeders’ Cup, the margin for error is so small.”

Mike Smith will have to work out a trip on Corniche from post 11.

Pinehurst, a son of Twirling Candy, won a maiden and the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity in a five-week span at Del Mar. He comes into the Juvenile having not run in two months, but Baffert believes he benefited from the freshening.

“I think it helped him,” Baffert said. “He ran hard and fast.”

Barossa is a work in progress, but Baffert believes the talent is there. He was impressed with the way Barossa hung in with Pinehurst in a workout last Saturday at Santa Anita.

“He’s a very immature horse mentally and he’s still getting there,” Baffert said.

American Sanctuary, one of two horses sent out by Chris Davis, is a live longshot in the Juvenile. He had trouble soon after the start in the Breeders’ Futurity and was last of 13 early. He made a couple of different moves in the race and finished fourth, beaten just 1 1/2 lengths for second.

“We made up a lot of ground in that race,” Davis said. “With a cleaner trip, better post position, better break, we’ll see what happens.”

Florent Geroux rides American Sanctuary. Sophie Doyle, who had ridden American Sanctuary, opted to ride Tough to Tame for Davis. Tough to Tame was second, beaten a neck at odds of 37-1, in the Grade 3 Iroquois on Sept. 17. Tough to Tame has to overcome post 10.

Pappacap and Oviatt Class finished second and third, respectively, behind Corniche in the American Pharoah. Oviatt Class, trained by Keith Desormeaux, has a similar running style of 2014 Juvenile winner Texas Red, also trained by Desormeaux.

Pappacap, trained by Mark Casse, won the Grade 2 Best Pal sprinting here in August and was fourth to Pinehurst in the Del Mar Futurity.

Giant Game, a maiden winner going two turns at Keeneland, and Jasper Great, a Kentucky-bred son of Arrogate who won a maiden race going nine furlongs in Japan by 10 lengths, complete the field.

 

Steve Asmussen with Clairiere

Barbara D. LivingstonSteve Asmussen

in August became the winningest trainer in North American racing history.

DEL MAR, Calif. – He’s always on the go, to the track to watch his horses train, to the airport to head off and see another of his strings, the phone ever present to check in with his team of assistants. Often, there’s not much time for reflection for Steve Asmussen. There’s another track to get to, another race to win.

But this past year has afforded him many opportunities to savor where he’s come from – most notably, the people who made him who he is – and how much he’s accomplished.

As he heads into the Breeders’ Cup this weekend at Del Mar, Asmussen already in 2021 has set the all-time record for career wins by a trainer, and he’s continuing to run up that scoreboard. Earlier this year, he won the Arkansas Derby with a colt co-owned by his parents, Keith and Marilyn. He leads all trainers this year in purse earnings. With two months to go before Auld Lang Syne is sung Asmusen has the very real chance of setting a single-season record.

And to top it off, one of the best horses he ever trained, 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, has come out of the blocks as a white-hot freshman stallion, his 2-year-olds including Echo Zulu, whom Asmussen trains and is the morning-line favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Friday.

“I’ve been unbelievably blessed in my life, and this year, the circumstances, with how things have happened, with Julie and the boys being at Saratoga, and winning with my parents, and my brother Cash, I just feel unbelievably blessed,” Asmussen, 55, said earlier this week. “Racing has been unbelievable to the Asmussen family.”

It was at Saratoga on Aug. 7 when Asmussen got career win number 9,446, passing the late Dale Baird to claim the top spot all-time among trainers. His wife, Julie, and sons Keith, Darren, and Eric were there. The colt who provided that record-setting win, Stellar Tap, graduated from the Asmussen Training Center in Laredo, Texas, where his parents and his brother – a champion rider in both the United States and France during his career – give young horses their early, important lessons before they head off to the racetrack.

“You don’t get to 9,446 in a day,” Asmussen said. “I’d imagined it for a time. The respect, the acknowledgement I got from so many people was heartwarming, and to have it happen at Saratoga, with plenty of meet left, I relished it.”

His parents couldn’t be there that day, but they were at Oaklawn on April 10 when Super Stock, whom they co-own, won the Arkansas Derby.

“What a neat accomplishment to do that with my parents,” Asmussen said. “It created an opportunity to reflect on how much ground we’ve covered, because so often you just put your head down and keep going. This is a reflection of the qualities they’ve shown me. Learn from your mistakes, try to correct them, move forward. To see the love and respect they got from that win, they deserve it.”

The early success of Gun Runner brings Asmussen great joy. He was incredibly fond of Gun Runner when he was racing, and Gun Runner so far has passed on his speed and talent to his offspring.

“It’s only the beginning!” Asmussen said, animatedly. “They’re fast, just like him. That horse, a lot of racing, a lot of travel, never needed excuses. He never backed up. He was the fastest he’d been when he was retired, and he accepted everything we asked of him.”

Gun Runner, second earlier in 2017 in the Dubai World Cup behind Arrogate, completed his career with a Breeders’ Cup Classic victory here at Del Mar, and followed that with a win in the Pegasus at Gulfstream Park. In between those races, he was sent to Kentucky so prospective breeders could view him at Three Chimneys Farm, where he now resides.

“To get up to that level, win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, with all the speed in that race, a chance to pay Arrogate back, then go to a stallion show, then go to the Pegasus and draw post 10 of 12, all that’s going on saddling, and you walk up to him, put your hand on his neck, and he’s as cool as the other side of the pillow,” Asmussen said. “He’s a horse who knew who he was. That is a special horse.

“And then he passes that on,” he said. “What’s that saying? You don’t get cats from dogs.”

Gun Runner is one of seven Breeders’ Cup winners trained by Asmussen, who went into the Hall of Fame in 2016. This year, he has six entrants in five races. In addition to Echo Zulu on Friday, Asmussen on Saturday has Silver State and Snapper Sinclair in the Dirt Mile, Jackie’s Warrior in the Sprint, Clairiere in the Distaff, and Max Player in the Classic.

“Six excellent chances,” Asmussen said.

They have a chance to add to the 9,524 career wins Asmussen had as of Tuesday. They could significantly add to the $26,264,454 in purse earnings he has this year, which leads his brethren and puts him within distance of the record of $31,112,144 set by Chad Brown in 2019.

If Asmussen is atop the earnings list this year, it will mark the second straight year he’s done that, after finishing second in both 2018 and 2019. A blockbuster weekend could bring him his third Eclipse Award as champion trainer, having won it previously in 2008 and 2009.

He’s done a lot already this year. There may be much more to come.

Jerry Picks!

1-Averly Jane

2-Twilight Gleamong

3-Derrynane

1-Echo Zulu

2-Hiden Connection

3-Juju’s Map

1-Hello You

2-Cachet

3-Mise En Scene

1-Jack Christopher – Scratch!

1–Corniche

2-Command Performance

1-Dubawi Legend

2-Modern Games

3-Albahr

4-Dakota Gold

Saturday’s Picks Complete List Coming Soon !

1-Gamie

2-Bella Sophia

3-Ce Ce

1-Gear Jockey

2-Golden Pal

3-Lieutenant Dan

1-Life is Good

2-Silver State

3-Ginobili

1-Loves Only You
2-Love
3- War Like Godess

1-Jackie’s Warrior

2-Special Reserve

3-Dr. Shivel

1-Space Blues

2-In Love

3-Mother Earth

1-Letruska

2-Royal Flag

3-Malathaat

1-Tarnawa

2-Teona

3-Domestic Spending – Scratch!

4-Walton Street

 

 

1-Essential Quality

2-Hot Rod Charlie

3-Medina Spirit

Don’t forget to check in for possible changes or scratches!

Have Fun and Good Luck!

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Please pardon typos and misspellings…

Most of Jerry’s thoughts are quick screen shots, that can’t be edited,

which he shared with me during his hectic schedule from his ipad. 😉

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