The 2014 Breeders Cup gets underway on October 31st in Los Angeles, California, with the big prize being the £5million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The 1 ¼ mile race attracts some of the best Thoroughbred’s in the world each year, with the richest race in North American restricted to just 14 starters. Shared Belief is the big favourite and if you want to bet then place a £10 bet with Paddy Power and they will give you a free £20 bet.
The 3-year-old is considered by many one of the favourites for the purse and is already guaranteed a spot in the race. Victories in the £1million Pacific Classic and Los Alamitos Derby this year followed success in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes and CashCall Futurity last year.
Mike Smith will be riding the star and the jockey has a great record in the Breeders Cup, winning the Marathon, Juvenile Turf and Turf Sprint last year. The 2003 hall of famer has 22 victories to his name at the Breeders Cup over the years, including three Breeders Cup Classics’ (97, 09, 11).
And the talented Kentucky-bred gelding is on course for a showdown with Kentucky Derby & Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome. All eyes were on the 3-year-old in June this year in New York as he raced for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. A bloody injury, however, caused by the horse next to him stepping on his hoof, meant the talented colt could only finish 4th in the race.
Despite failing at Belmont Park, the California-bred star was still ranked as the top 3-year-old in America, and ranked fifth amongst horses of all ages. And the thought of a potential meeting between the talented two has got the USA racing world buzzing with excitement.
Other horses already guaranteed their spot in the race, meanwhile, include Bayern and Majestic Harbor. Martin Garcia rode Bayern to victory in the William Hill Haskell Invitational while Majestic Harbor won the Gold Cup in Santa Anita.
Moonshine Mullin is another Breeders Cup Challenge winner, securing a place in the big race with victory in the Stephen Foster Handicap. Priced at 10/1, he stunned the bookies and tipsters fighting back to record his 5th consecutive victory.
Moreno, meanwhile, is another participant after the gelding triumphed in the The Whitney. Although he hasn’t won many races, he came third in the G2 Jim Dandy and second in both the G1 Travers (where he was beaten by a nose) and the G1 Pennsylvania Derby.
Shared Belief is the favourite, however, and rightly so with a superb record so far and with Mike Smith as the jockey you have to fancy the 3-year-old, against whoever he faces.