Meet the horses who have pre-entered the Breeders’ Cup

2016 Breeders' Cup BettingHorse betting fans may not know this, but entering a horse is very hard work; a task which requires a lot of patience and persistence. You really have to worm your way inside inch by inch. Sometimes you have to back up a little in order to advance further, but it’s also very rewarding, especially if your horse finishes first. At no time is this truer than when you’re trying to enter your horse in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In fact, you have to pre-enter your horse, as if in one of those posh schools for gifted children. 
 
Breeders’ Cup Classic Pre-entries

1. California Chrome
Jockey: To be determined.
Trainer: Art Sherman.
Owner: California Chrome, LLC.
Breeder: Perry Martin & Steve Coburn.
Sire: Lucky Pulpit.
Dam: Love the Chase.
Starts: 15 wins, 3 places, 1 show.
Earnings: $13,432,650
 
2. Frosted
Jockey: To be determined.
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Owner: Godolphin Racing LLC.
Breeder: Darley.
Sire: Tapit.
Dam: Fast Cookie.
Starts: 6 wins, 6 places, 6 shows.
Earnings: $3,912,800
 
3. Hoppertunity
Jockey: To be determined.
Trainer: Bob Baffert.
Owner: Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul.
Breeder: Betz/D.J. Stable/Kidder/J. Betz/Robenalt.
Sire: Any Given Saturday.
Dam: Refugee.
Starts:  6 wins, 6 places, 4 shows.
Earnings: $3,562,675
 
4. Melatonin
Jockey: To be determined.
Trainer: David Hofmans.
Owner: Tarabilla Farms, Inc.
Breeder: S.D. Brilie, L.P.
Sire: Kodiak Kowboy.
Dam: Yanquee Reign.
Starts: 5 wins, 3 places, 3 shows.
Earnings: $1,218,552
 
5. Arrogate
Jockey: TBD.
Trainer: Bob Baffert.
Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
Breeder: Clearsky Farms.
Sire: Unbridled's Song.
Dam: Bubbler.
Starts: 4 wins, 0 places, 1 show.
Earnings: $784,600
 
6. Effinex:
Jockey: TBD.
Trainer: James Jerkens.
Owner: Tri-Bone Stables.
Breeder: Dr. Russell S. Cohen.
Sire: Mineshaft.
Dam: What a Pear.
Starts: 9 wins, 3 places, 4 shows.
Earnings: $3,247,950
 
7. Found
Jockey: TBD.
Trainer: Aidan P. O’Brien.
Owner: M.Tabor/D.Smith/Mme J.Magnier.
Breeder: Roncon, Wynatt & Chelston.
Sire: Galileo.
Dam: Red Evie.
Starts: 6 wins, 10 places, 2 shows.
Earnings: $6,909,750
 
8. Gun Runner
Jockey: TBD.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen.
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables.
Breeder: Besilu Stables, LLC.
Sire: Candy Ride.
Dam: Quiet Giant.
Starts: 5 wins, 1 place, 2 shows.
Earnings: $1,573,300
 
9. Highland Reel
Jockey: TBD.
Trainer: Aidan P. O'Brien.
Owner: D.Smith/Mme J.Magnier/M.Tabor.
Breeder: Hveger Syndicate.
Sire: Galileo.
Dam: Hveger.
Starts: 6 wins, 5 places, 1 show.
Earnings: $5,100,647
 
10. Keen Ice
Jockey: TBD.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher.
Owner: Donegal Racing.
Breeder: Glencrest Farm.
Sire: Curlin.
Dam: Medomak.
Starts: 2 wins, 1 place, 4 shows.
Earnings: $1,827,645
 
11. Nyquist
Jockey: TBD.
Trainer: Doug O’Neill.
Owner: Reddam Racing LLC.
Breeder: Summerhill Farm.
Sire: Uncle Mo.
Dam: Seeking Gabrielle.
Starts: 8 wins, 0 places, 1 show.
Earnings: $5,189,200
 
12. Shaman Ghost
Jockey: TBD.
Trainer: James Jerkens.
Owner: Stronach Stables.
Breeder: Adena Springs.
Sire: Ghostzapper.
Dam: Getback Time.
Starts: 6 wins, 1 place, 1 show.
Earnings: $1,453,414
 
13. War Story
Jockey: TBD.
Trainer: Mario Serey, Jr.
Owner: Loooch Racing Stables, Inc. and Ellis, Glenn K.
Breeder: Jack Swain III.
Sire: Northern Afleet.
Dam: Belle Waiting.
Starts: 3 wins, 3 places, 2 shows.
Earnings: $399,395
 
14. Win the Space
Jockey: TBD.
Trainer: George Papaprodromou.
Owner: Kretz Racing LLC.
Breeder: Spendthrift Farm, LLC.
Sire: Pulpit.
Dam: Teamgeist.
Starts: 3 wins, 1 place, 4 shows.
Earnings: $292,572
 
Nyquist and Gun Runner should be instant favorites of people who bet on horses. If I were a horse betting man I’d also like Nyquist, but mostly for sentimental reasons; his dam’s name brings back memories.