Pre-Entry deadline begins countdown

We’ve drawn now to only 12 days out of Breeders’ Cup 27 as the two-day extravaganza begins a week from Friday.  The deadline for pre-entries is tomorrow at 12:00 EDT and the fields will be announced on Wednesday.  For those of you interested in getting your handicapping started early, the Breeders’ Cup Advance Edition will be released by the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday.

In Breeders’ Cup related news, two of the main contenders for the $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic worked out this morning.  A recap of Blame‘s drill on the Polytrack can be found by clicking here as noted DRF clocker Mike Welsch caught the move at Keeneland.  Quality Road also worked five furlongs this morning and a recap of that move can be found here from the New York Racing Association.  Gio Ponti worked five furlongs in company with stablemate Winchester, who is pointing to the $3 Million Breeders’ Cup Turf.  Gio Ponti’s connections announced that he will be pre-entered in both the Classic and $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Mile, with a decision on where he will run coming the following week.

If you missed it, an announcement was made yesterday that Arc winner Workforce will be pre-entered in the Turf.  He will make his North American debut at Churchill Downs provided there is a bit of rain in Louisville leading up to the Breeders’ Cup.  His involvement gives Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm a very strong hand in each of the three turf events for older horses in the Breeders’ Cup.  Midday will be a heavy favorite to win her 2nd straight Filly & Mare Turf and Proviso rates a strong chance in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Trainer Bill Mott announce that 2009 Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up Courageous Cat is no longer under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.  He was a strong 3rd in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on October 9 and seemed poised to make his 2nd start off a long layoff at Churchill but let’s hope he’ll just be freshened for a 2011 campaign.  Trainer Al Stall, Jr. said that he plans to enter Breeders’ Futurity winner J. B.’s Thunder in the $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile but will wait to see which post position he draws before making a final decision on his involvement.

I’ll be back as the week progresses with news and notes on the 14 Breeders’ Cup races and will post the pre-entered fields for each right here.  An updated Breeders’ Cup Countdown will be posted on Tuesday.  Until then, enjoy a look at the last Breeders’ Cup Classic we saw at Churchill Downs.




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