Saturday Preview: Nine Breeders’ Cup Stakes; Two Turf Stakes Races at Gulfstream Park West.

By Jim Freer

There are nine Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday at Santa Anita park in Arcadia, Calif.

Those races are part of a 12-race card, with first post of 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

The fourth race is the first Breeders’ Cup race. It is the Juvenile Fillies, with scheduled post of 3:05 p.m. Eastern.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the 12th race, with scheduled post of 8:35 p.m. Eastern.

Like all of the other Breeders’ Cup races, the Classic is Grade 1.

In South Florida, the Gulfstream Park West meet will have ten races with an early first post of 12:00 p.m.

Gulfstream Park is holding the GP West meet at Calder Casino in Miami Gardens under a lease agreement.RASEP8353_300x250

The GP West Saturday card has the first two stakes races of the meet that opened on Oct. 8.

Both races are one mile on turf with $75,000 purses.

The Showing Up is for three-year-old males. It is the third race with scheduled post of 1:18 p.m.  The Cellar Shiraz is for three-year-old fillies, with scheduled post of 5:59 p.m.

We will have coverage of the Breeders’ Cup races and GP West races on this web site and on our blog.

Watching and wagering

Gulfstream and Tampa Bay will have simulcast wagering on Saturday’s entire Santa Anita card and on the entire GP West card.

The NBC Sports cable channel will have coverage of the Breeders’ Cup from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern. NBC will pick up coverage from 8:00 p.m/. to  9:00 p.M>

Our BC Coverage

Our Breeders’ Cup coverage will focus on horses that raced at Gulfstream or at Tampa Bay during the 12 months since last year’s Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Most notable are Three Rules and Tepin.

Three Rules will be among favorites in the Juvenile, at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. It is the eighth race with scheduled post of 5:43 p.m.

Three Rules is undefeated in five starts—all at Gulfstream.  That includes a sweep of the three-race Florida Sires Stakes Series. He is trained by Jose Pinchin and will have his regular jockey Cornelio Velasquez on board.

Tepin, a five-year-old mare will seek to repeat as winner of The Mile, at that distance on turf.  As in many of her other races, she will face a field primarily of males. Regular jockey Julien Leparoux has the mount for trainer Mark Casse.

It is the 11th race with scheduled post of 7;40 p.m.

At Tampa Bay this year Tepin won the Endeavor (Grade 3) and the Hillsborough (Grade 2).  Both were on turf and restricted to fillies and mares

The Breeders’ Cup Classic has a ten-horse field. It is headed by California Chrome; whose stellar career includes a win in the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

Keen Ice and War Story are the only Classic entrants that have raced in Florida during the past twelve months