2021 Breeders’ Cup – US Runners With The Best Chance Of Success 

Runners break from the stalls at Del Mar. The scene for this years Breeders' Cup.Runners break from the stalls at Del Mar. The scene for this years Breeders' Cup.

Leading US Breeders’ Cup Fancies

Del Mar will host the  2021 Breeders’ Cup. There are a host of European raiders that we are all familiar with but you may be struggling with some of the US-based runners. Here’s our guide to some of the best American horses at this year’s meeting.

GAMINE – (19:05pm Saturday, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint)

Bob Baffert’s returning and defending champion GAMINE will be considered the best bet of the meeting by many. The four-year-old filly has only ever tasted defeat once in her career and that was in the Kentucky Oaks back in 2020 where she struggled to see out the trip. Since switching back to sprint trips, Gamine has registered three more Grade 1 victories at Keeneland, Churchill Downs, and Saratoga. With only a small field to contend with, likely jockey John Velazquez will look to dictate matters from start to finish and secure back-to-back victories in the race.

LIFE IS GOOD – (20:19pm Saturday, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile)

Liam’s Map provided trainer Todd Pletcher with a win in this race back in 2015 and he holds another strong chance this year in the form of LIFE IS GOOD. The three-year-old has only once tasted defeat and that came at the hands of current Breeder’s Cup Sprint favourite Jackie’s Warrior. After that blemish, things firmly got back on track at Belmont Park with an easy success in Grade 2 company when last seen in September. Considered to be one of the top dirt horses currently in training, all things point to a first Grade 1 win for Todd Pletcher’s colt on Saturday.

JACKIE’S WARRIOR – (21:38pm Saturday, Breeders’ Cup Sprint)

JACKIE’S WARRIOR has proven to be another top prospect for leading trainer Steve Asmussen, winning eight out of eleven career starts to date. The three-year-old colt has had a highly productive campaign this year, with August’s Memorial Stakes Grade 1 win at Saratoga being the notable highlight, where he showed a game attitude to prevail by a neck. Blessed with a potent combination of speed and stamina, Jackie’s Warrior looks a worthy favourite for this year’s renewal.