The Breeders’ Cup Classic at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27th could really live up to the name of Classic.
The Breeders Cup Classic could have as many as 14 Breeders Cup entries which is the maximum that can run in the race. The Classic already has four confirmed Breeders Cup entries that won their way into the race. They are Curlin, Lawyer Ron, Student Council and Tiago.
There is also no doubt that Street Sense, Hard Spun and Any Given Saturday will be among the Breeders Cup entries. That is a strong 7 Breeders Cup contenders already. The Breeders Cup “Win and You’re In” program has been going on all summer with horses earning points for specific races. Here is a look at the standings and the probable Breeders Cup entries.
Breeders Cup Classic Contenders
|Challenge Win||Curlin||Steven M. Asmussen|
|Challenge Win||Lawyer Ron||Todd A. Pletcher|
|Challenge Win||Student Council||Vladimir Cerin|
|Challenge Win||Tiago||John A. Shirreffs|
|46||Street Sense||Carl A. Nafzger|
|42||Hard Spun||J. Larry Jones|
|28||Any Given Saturday||Todd A. Pletcher|
|22||Awesome Gem||Craig Dollase|
|22||Political Force||H. Allen Jerkens|
|16||Notional (OUT)||Doug F. O’Neill|
|16||Sightseeing||Claude R. McGaughey III|
The likely Breeders Cup Classic favorite among the Breeders Cup entries will be Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense even though he was beaten by Hard Spun in the Kentucky Cup Classic last time out. The 2nd betting choice among Breeders Cup Contenders is in debate. It could be Any Given Saturday, Tiago, Curlin or Lawyer Ron. Trainer Todd Pletcher has Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron as Breeders Cup entries. Any Given Saturday has won three in a row, including the Brooklyn on Sept. 22nd and is a solid choice among Breeders Cup entries. Curlin should also not be overlooked in Breeders Cup entries. He won the Preakness, lost the Belmont to Rags to Riches and then was third in the Haskell. “Everybody wrote Curlin off but me,” Lawyer Ron’s trainer, Todd Pletcher, said. “It’s a bumper 3-year-old crop. They’re all going to the Breeders’ Cup to prove who is the best 3-year-old.”