Breeders Cup Saturday tips – Best bets at Del Mar on Saturday
Breeders Cup Saturday tips
After a fantastic start to the Breeders Cup on Friday there is more top-class horse racing action stateside with the second day of racing at Del Mar and our tipping team pick out their Breeders Cup Saturday tips on the telly.
There’s another star-studded racecard going to post at Del Mar on Saturday for the second day of the Breeders’ Cup and the stateside action is chock-full of Grade One action featuring some of the biggest horse racing names from around the globe.
The ITV Racing cameras will have the best of the day’s action once again with Ed Chamberlain and the team featuring eight top-class races including the closing Breeders’ Cup Classic in the early hours of Sunday as well as offering their usual expert tips, insights and analysis on all the stateside action.
And our tipping team look over a fantastic day two racecard to pick out their Breeders Cup Saturday tips and best bets at Del Mar.
BREEDERS CUP SATURDAY TIPS – BEST BETS AT DEL MAR ON SATURDAY
7:05 Del Mar – Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (Grade 1) (Turf) (3yo+) 5f (NOT SHOWN ON ITV RACING)
Only five runners go to post for the first of the day’s Grade One contests and GAMINE ought to be tough to beat.
Bob Baffert’s charge has won nine of her ten starts, coming into this race on the back of five straight victories which includes the Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga on her last start where she had reopposing Ce Ce behind her.
She should confirm that form here given she’s 3lbs better off and this track can favour front-runners so another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise. Setting the standard on form she ought to prove a tough nut to crack and she can extend her winning sequence.
7:40 Del Mar – Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Grade 1) (Turf) (3yo+) 5f
Last year’s winner Glass Slippers ought to be competitive again but the fast ground might not be in her favour and KIMARI can land a hat-trick dropping back to the minimum trip.
The Munnings filly finished fourth in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Santa Anita back in 2019 and she ran a cracker on her return when sent to Royal Ascot where only Golden Horde proved too strong in the Commonwealth Cup.
Wesley Ward’s charge has been in top form since, winning her last two starts which include the Grade One Madison Stakes over seven furlongs, but she is fully effective over this trip and has proven form on turf and she ought to be capable of a bold show returning from a break for a top yard already among the winners at the meeting.
8:19 Del Mar – Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (Grade 1) (Main Track) (Dirt) (3yo+) 1m
Hard to look beyond LIFE IS GOOD as the most likely winner of this race and Todd Pletcher’s charge should take some beating.
The Into Mischief colt is four from five thus far, adding another win in the Grade Two Kelso Handicap recently at Belmont Park and there’s surely more to come from him on the back of what was a very smart performance.
His only defeat to date came behind Jackie’s Warrior at Saratoga over seven furlongs, but there was no caste lost in that defeat behind a proven Grade One performer where he was only denied by a neck with the front two pulling clear.
Having appeared to appreciate the return to one mile in that last outing with a ready victory he ought to prove a tough nut to crack here with further improvement anticipated and he should collect another victory.
8:59 Del Mar – Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Grade 1) (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) 1m3f
WAR LIKE GODDESS is going from strength to strength and arrives here on the back of four straight victories, the latest coming when taking the Grade One Flower Bowl Stakes at Saratoga back in September.
William Mott’s charge showed an excellent turn of foot in the final furlong to readily run out a comfortable winner and while that was on dirt he has winning form also on turf at the same venue, winning a Grade Two the time before in good style where she beat reopposing My Sister Nat who has won since.
She looks one with more progress still to come and she ought to go close here in a competitive renewal of this contest.
9:38 Del Mar – Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade 1) (Main Track) (Dirt) (3yo+) 6f
JACKIE’S WARRIOR is seven from ten in his career and the Maclean’s Music colt can add another victory to an already impressive record.
Steve Asmussen’s charge arrives here having won his last three which includes a Grade Two latest at Parx, readily running out a wide margin winner and he had the smart Life Is Good behind the time before and that one can boost the form earlier in the card.
He had been well fancied to win at this meeting twelve months ago in the Juvenile but could only finish fourth and might have found that trip stretching his stamina. However he hasn’t looked baack tackling shorter trips and another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.
10:20 Del Mar – FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile presented by Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (Grade 1) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m
Space Blues has stamina to prove over this longer trip but should go close if he sees it out, however MO FORZA could be the one to side with given he has a very good record at this track and he arrives here having won his last four starts.
Peter Miller’s charge won here on his reappearance from almost eleven months off, beating Smooth Like Strait in the Grade Two Del Mar Mile before vanquishing the same opponent latest at Santa Anita in the Grade Two City Of Hope Stakes.
He chases a five-timer here at a venue where he rarely runs a bad race and he’s won on his last three visits to this track so there’d be no shock in seeing the Uncle Mo entire firmly in the mix again.
11:00 Del Mar – Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Grade 1) (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Main Track) (Dirt) (3yo+) 1m1f
SHEDARESTHEDEVIL has won four of her last five starts and the Daredevil filly can land another victory stepping back up in class.
Brad Cox’s charge won a Grade One at Churchill Downs last September over this trip when winning the Kentucky Oaks after which she posted a solid third in a Grade One at Keeneland the following month.
She’s since won a course and distance Grade One this term and followed up latest back at Churchill Downs when running out a narrow victor over Crystal Ball in a Grade Three, readily, and she should make her presence felt here.
11:40 Del Mar – Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (Grade 1) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m4f
TARNAWA can gain some compensation for a narrow defeat in the Prix de L’Arc De Triomphe and Dermot Weld’s charge can resume winning ways here.
The top-class Shamardal mare went from strength to strength last term and having won easily on her return to action she ran a blinder in defeat in the Irish Champion Stakes where she was carried across the track by the winner although that trip was likely on the short side.
She likely would have won in France but for meeting some trouble in running, but she can make no mistake here and go one better this time.
She’s no stranger to success on these shores having won this race twelve months ago at Keeneland and while she’ll need things to drop right given the relatively short straight here she looks the one to beat and ought to go close in her bid to resume winning ways.
12:40 Del Mar – Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade 1) (Main Track) (Dirt) (3yo+) 1m2f
The final race of another fantastic stateside showpiece can go to MEDINA SPIRIT who is a five-time winner over a variety of trips and the Protonico colt has bounced back in no uncertain terms since a defeat in the Preakness to rout opposition in two subsequent Grade One contests at this venue and Santa Anita latest.
The Kentucky Derby winner could only finish third at Pimlico but had an excuse that day and he’s proved since his top-class credentials with those most recent impressive victories.
Still only a three-year old there could be more to come from him and he should be firmly in the mix at the business end for trainer Bob Baffert.