Breeders Cup Classic Horse-By-Horse Preview

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

By Andrew Ryan
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1: Arrogate (2-1) – The knock on this Bob Baffert colt is that he has run three times at Del Mar in his career, two of which have come in graded stakes races.

He's 0-for-2 in those big boy runs, and those just happen to be his last two races.

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2: War Decree (30-1) – Aidan O'Brien has never won a Breeders' Cup Classic in his career, and he feels like he's reaching at it by entering War Decree, a horse who has never won anything more than a Grade 3 race on the other side of the pond.

3: Win the Space (30-1) – Win the Space is a well-raced horse who has been in all sorts of big races in his career. That said, he didn't finish the Breeders' Cup Classic last year after getting bumped. Not that he had much of a chance any0way; he went off at 74 to 1.

4: War Story (30-1) – With just five wins in 23 career starts, it's a wonder why this five-year old is running in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He's never broken a 105 Beyer Speed Rating in his career, and it's going to take a lot more than that to win this race.

5: Gun Runner (9-5) – The Breeders' Cup Classic favorite is white hot at the moment. He's blasted through three straight fields and won all three races by more than five lengths apiece. A win here, and Gun Runner is surely set to become the Eclipse Award winner.


6: Mubtaahij (12-1) – Mubtaahij's connections have always thought more of this horse than they probably should. Two years ago, this was a colt that ran in all three legs of the Triple Crown after winning the UAE Derby. Since then, the results haven't been great on either side of the pond. At least Mubtaahij won his last start at the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita.

7: Churchill (15-1) – O'Brien's second entry into the field is his far more serious contender. Churchill has accomplished a lot as a three-year old, including winning at the Tattersalls Irish Two Thousand Guineas and three other Grade 1 races. This is a big step up in class, though.

8: West Coast (6-1) – Prime Power actually rates West Coast higher than any other horse in this field. He's going to be dangerous, but of the three big starters in this race, he's got the farther outside post. If West Coast is winning the Classic, he's going to earn it for sure.

9: Gunnevera (30-1) – Gunnevera has won three graded stakes races in his career, but all three were on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Since failing as the Florida Derby favorite, Gunnevera has won just one race, and that's when he took a step back and raced against a field of five at an allowance race at Gulfstream Park.

10: Pavel (20-1) – Pavel is a huge wild card here, knowing that he has run in just four races in his career. He's never faced a field this big, has never started this far outside on a track before and has never had this type of expectation either. This is a big ask from Doug O'Neill of his lone entry in this race.

11: Collected (6-1) – Many are overlooking Collections, but maybe we should take this pony seriously. He beat Arrogate at the Pacific Classic last time out here at Del Mar, and he's had some blistering workouts of late. He's got six wins in seven races under his belt and hasn't been beaten since the beginning of 2016 with Martin Garcia on his back as he'll have in the Classic.

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