Who are the top early contenders in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic picture?

by TCI 4 years ago

Jon & Joel launch Top 5 rankings for both the Classic 3-Year-Olds and Classic Older Males divisions as each relates to the all-important, season-ending Breeders’ Cup Classic. As we enter the second-half of the year and many big races to come, which 3-year-olds and older horses are poised for a run as top contenders leading up to the BC Classic? Are there any 3-year-olds that can test the older horses in this year’s Classic picture? Watch it. Comment.


  • 1JoeP

    Hi Joel – Fun to transition to the Breeders Cup Season. Good to see Paynter healthy and strong again, he looks like a real player in the Classic Division. Fort Larned looks to be on top of his game again, and we know he likes the SA track. Hopefully Orb can recover from his Triple Crown campaign. If so, he would be a major contender for the Classic. I agree with you about Power Broker, he could be an under the radar contender if he continues to progress. Nice win today by Obviously in the Shoemaker Mile. He was only .27 seconds off of a track record. Wise Dan is still king, however Obviously cannot be overlooked and appears to be a solid contender. I’m really keeping an eye on the BC win and youre in races, as some of these horses are sure to be headed to SA. Joel – What do you think about FortyTales in the Sprint Division, and Bright Thought in the BC Turf Division. With the unfortunate injury to Point of Entry, the BC Turf Division seems to be wide open.

    • Joel Cunningham

      Hey Joe,

      Bright Thought is an interesting horse because he likes 1 1/2 miles and those California turf courses, and his tactical speed could potentially create an edge against the Europeans (much like Little Mike, Presious Passion, etc. have in past BC Turf’s in Cali). But he hasn’t worked or run in so long that it’s hard to get on board right now with BT.

      I think Forty Tales is a very nice 6 1/2 – 8 furlong horse around one turn when he gets a favorable pace set-up, but I have my doubts about how effective he could be against the best older sprinters in America at 6 furlongs. I’m releasing a Sprint Top 5 this week and there aren’t many 3yos on the list yet, so the 3yos need to get faster the second half of the year to be able to run with the older sprinters IMO.

      I agree with Obviously, he’s in such good form and loves the courses out there.

      A lot of good divisions out there right now!

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