Saturday Breeders Cup racing tips – Best bets on day two at Keeneland
We give our Saturday Breeders Cup racing tips on a top class second day racecard at Keeneland.
Following on from some excellent horse racing action at Keeneland on Friday evening, the Breeders Cup meeting continues into Saturday with twelve classy contests featuring no less than nine Grade One contests which will pitch the cream of the home guard horses in the United States against the best of the rest of the world.
It is sure to be another unmissable night of horse racing action at the Kentucky track and we’ve looked through the day two racecard where we’ve picked out our Saturday Breeders Cup racing tips and best bets through the card.
SATURDAY BREEDERS CUP RACING TIPS – BEST BETS ON DAY TWO AT KEENELAND
15:15 Keeneland – Perryville Stakes (3YO only) 6f
NASHVILLE won’t be much of a price but the unbeaten son of Speightstown ought to take plenty of beating here.
Steven Asmussen’s charge is 2-2 already in his career and won impressively over this course and distance latest, beating Sounion by an easy ten lengths.
There’s sure to be more to come from him and while this represents a step up in class he can continue his progression to strike a third win.
15:45 Keeneland – Lafayette Stakes presented by Keeneland Select (3YO plus) 7f
Consistent STRIKE THAT looks worth siding with in an open contest and the Biondetti gelding can post another solid run as he bids to follow up his latest success over course and distance.
No stranger to winning, having won five times in his career he latterly scored a gutsy success over Hog Creek Hustle here last month and he ought to continue to remain competitive.
This is certainly trappy however, but his consistent profile is attractive and while he possibly just needs to improve again he ought to make his presence felt and no surprise to see him in the mix.
16:20 Keeneland – Qatar Fort Springs Stakes (3YO only) 6f
MOTIVATED SELLER is much less exposed than her rivals in this contest with Chad Brown’s charge coming into the contest unbeaten following victories at Gulfstream and Belmont Park latterly where the Into Mischief filly ran out a comfortable winner.
The runner-up and third horses home have each done little harm to the form in subsequent outings and Chad Brown’s charge can continue her progression against more exposed rivals to maintain her perfect record despite this representing a better class of contest.
17:02 Keeneland – Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (Grade 1) (3YO plus) 7f
GAMINE lost her unbeaten record when only finishing third in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on her last start but the Into Mischief filly can quickly bounce back here.
Bob Baffert’s charge had previously racked up four runs unbeaten between six and eight furlongs which include two Grade One contests at Belmont Park and Saratoga; she possibly just found the extra yardage stretching her latest and she can do better dropping back to a more suitable distance.
The runner-up in that last contest went on to win the Preakness Stakes and she could prove tough to beat if bouncing back from that reversal over this lesser yardage.
17:39 Keeneland – Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Grade 1) (3YO plus) 5½f
Despite the presence of UK raider Glass Slippers in this contest, it might be worth chancing GOT STORMY to land her hat-trick and Mark Casse’s charge arrives in very good heart for a hot contest.
The Get Stormy mare acts on any ground and following a return to winning ways at Kentucky Downs in September she stepped back into Graded company to comfortably take a Grade Three contest over this course and distance.
Runner-up in last season’s Breeders’ Cup Mile and winner of the Grade One Matriarch Stakes she can continue to make her presence felt and while this is a tough assignment she takes in she can go close while in her current good vein of form.
18:18 Keeneland – Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (Grade 1) (3YO plus) 1m
KNICKS GO has been in excellent heart in recent outings, winning his last two and the Paynter colt can land the hat-trick.
Brad Cox’s charge is a course and distance winner, scoring here in October with a ready defeat of Casino Star and he has past Breeders Cup experience having finished runner-up in the 2018 Juvenile behind Game Winner.
He needs a shade more stepping into Grade One company now but ought to give a good account in pursuit of the hat-trick.
18:57 Keeneland – Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (Grade 1) (3YO plus) 1m 1½f
Rushing Fall and MEAN MARY reoppose having finished 1-2 in a Grade One at Saratoga recently; but Graham Motion’s charge is taken to overturn that form and get back on the winning trail.
The Scat Daddy filly had won four on the bounce prior to that defeat and she remains with scope to do better where she can gain some revenge having perhaps not been seen to best effect last time where she might have gone off too hard.
Despite meeting with defeat she made the winner scrap all the way and while she does need more at the weights to overturn the form from the Diana Stakes last time she could be capable of better.
19:36 Keeneland – Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade 1) (3YO plus) 6f
C Z ROCKET is going from strength to strength and the City Zip gelding has racked up five wins in recent times including a Grade Two at Santa Anita latest.
That was her second successive win at Grade Two level and the gelding is unbeaten since joining this yard so there may still be better to come while under the care of Peter Miller who has really got his charge in top form coming into this Grade One contest.
His latest Grade Two success was a strong contest and could easily have been a Grade One; he won that readily and his yard has won this race in two of the past three years so it would be folly to ignore his chances given he is open to plenty of further improvement.
20:15 Keeneland – FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile presented by PDJF (Grade 1) (3YO plus) 1m
A strong European challenge for this contest can go the way of Andrew Balding’s KAMEKO who bounced back to winning ways in style in the Joel Stakes at Newmarket and the Kitten’s Joy colt can follow up.
Progressive last term where he won the Vertem Futurity Trophy, he made a winning return this season when outgunning Wichita and Pinatubo to land the 2000 Guineas.
He met with defeat on his next three starts, finishing fourth each time but there were excuses in every case and he stamped his class on a good field latest back over one mile to run out a comfortable winner that was easier than the winning margin might suggest in defying a penalty against older opposition.
Well drawn here, he’ll get a good pace to aim at and he can win again under Oisin Murphy.
20:54 Keeneland – Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Fillies And Mares’ Grade 1) (3YO plus) 1m 1f
This could develop into a match between Swiss Skydiver and MONOMOY GIRL where the pair are well clear of the rest in the betting.
Brad Cox’s charge has proven herself a top-class exponent, returning from a lengthy absence to win all three starts this term including a demolition job of reopposing Lady Kate at Churchill Down latest.
The 2018 Kentucky Oaks winner is a multiple Grade One winner and she’s lost none of her ability despite her long absence judging on recent performances. While she has the outside draw to deal with she can overcome that negative to strike again.
21:33 Keeneland – Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (Grade 1) (3YO plus) 1m 4f
A strong European challenge for this Grade One can go the way of the progressive TARNAWA who arrives having reeled off a hat-trick of wins including the Group One Prix de L’Opera when last seen last month.
Dermot Weld’s Shamardal filly had previously won the Prix Vermeille to dispel any lingering doubts over her stamina at this longer distance and she got the better of Alpine Star last time with a short-head victory where she dug deep to land the win.
That form has been boosted and quicker ground will hold no fears so every chance she can deliver another big run and land another win with Cristophe Soumillon an eye-catching jockey booking.
22:18 Keeneland – Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade 1) (3YO plus) 1m 2f
AUTHENTIC lowered the colours of reopposing Tiz The Law when the pair contested the recent Kentucky Derby and although Bob Baffert’s charge met with defeat next time the Into Mischief colt can uphold previous form with Barclay Tagg’s rival.
He had run out a one length victor over Tiz The Law last month having also won a Grade One the time before at Monmouth.
His hat-trick attempt was thwarted however by Swiss Skydiver in the Preakness Stakes when last seen but he lost no caste in defeat on that occasion and a repeat of that effort might prove good enough to take the Breeders Cup finale back over this extra furlong especially if that one delivers a big run earlier on this card in the Distaff.