Friday 4th November 2022
Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)
Welcome aboard to my Breeders Cup Preview for 2022, where I’ll be kicking things off with Friday’s action at Keeneland and the 7:00 which is the Juvenile Turf Sprint over five and a half furlongs. I’m siding with Love Reigns here at 4/1 for Irad Ortiz Jr and Wesley Ward. She arrives here having three starts to her name and winning two of them, with her most recent outing coming at Saratoga when she comfortably won a listed contest. Earlier in the summer, she finished fourth of twelve at Royal Ascot in the Queen Mary Stakes which was a very solid effort and she’s also a course and distance winner, having opened her account here back in April. I think she’s got a very strong chance here from stall 2, for a yard that farms winners around this track.
Next up it’s the 7.40 which is the Grade 1 Juvenile Fillies contest that’s ridden over a mile and half of a furlong. This is another competitive affair, however, I’m going with And Tell Me Nolies at 7/1 for Ramon Varquez and Peter Miller. She comes into the contest in great form, having won her last three outings, and already has a Grade 1 success to her name having won the Debutante Stakes at Del Mar back in September. Most recently, she was seen winning the Grade 2 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita and I think she could well have more progression yet to come, and if that’s the case she has to be feared in this.
We move onto the 8:20 now which is the Grade 1 Juvenile Fillies Turf that’s contested over a mile. I think this is all about Meditate at 3/1 for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien. She’s had a fine campaign this season, winning two Group 3s, a Group 2 and most recently placing in two Group 1s in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Cheveley Park. This is by far the best form on offer in this particular contest, and whilst her draw in stall 10 isn’t perfect, I think she’s got more than enough class to get the job done against the field and get a well deserved top-level success on her CV, whilst giving O’Brien another Breeders Cup victory on his illustrious record.
The 9.40 is the final race I’ll be taking a look at on the first day of this year’s Breeders Cup, and this is the Grade 1 Juvenile Turf that’s ridden over a mile. I think that this can be another winner for Europe in the form of Silver Knott who’s currently trading at 11/8 for the all-conquering team of William Buick and Charlie Appleby. He bounced back to form when he was last seen by winning a second Group 3 of the season in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket, beating Epictetus by a neck. It’s very likely that we haven’t seen the best of him yet, and I think that there is a strong possibility that there is a lot more to come from this Lope De Vega colt. Connections just know how to win big races abroad, and this presents them with another strong opportunity.