World Thoroughbred Championships
Though we are all too familiar with the fact that anything can happen in horse racing. My race for the SLAM DUNK WINNER will be in the Breeders' Cup Classic! With Horse "West Coast" yes it's hard to go against Arrogate with Mike Smith, but I've been extremely impressed with West Coast this year. I've included two race videos below.
West Coast -
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Javier Castellano- Javier Castellano has picked up the mount on West Coast for the 10-furlong contest. He replaces Mike Smith, who rode the colt to victory in both the G1 Travers and G1 Pennsylvania Derby. Smith is sticking with defending Breeders' Cup champion Arrogate.
Owner: Gary and Mary West
Foaling Date: 5-14-2014
Pedigree: Flatter - Caressing by A.P. Indy
Dosage Profile: 10-5-11-0-0
Dosage Index / CD: 3.73 0.96
2017 Record: 8 Starts: 6 - 2 - 0, $1,543,800 (as of 9/27/2017)
2017 Best Beyer Figure: 108
Notes: West Coast got a late start, breaking his maiden in March of 2017 at Santa Anita in his second start. He shipped to Keeneland to finish 2nd in the Lexington (G3) then back to Santa Anita to win an allowance and back to Belmont Park to win the Easy Goer on Belmont Stakes day. It was back to California at Los Alamitos to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) then to Saratoga to win the Travers (G1). His final prep was a win in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx Racing. He should be very comfortable on planes with all that shuttling back and forth across the country! West Coast impressed by rolling to a 7 ¼-length in $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx. The 3-year-old male divisional leader is clearly getting stronger and stamped himself as a serious contender for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar.
TWO Video links below:
This year, the Breeders' Cup will again have a total of 13 races spread over two days of racing with $24.5 million in purse money on the line. Friday November 3rd will have four races headlined by the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Distaff, run for several years as the Ladies Classic, worth $2 million. Saturday November 4th will have nine races headlined by the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at 1 1/4 miles. For the first time, the Championships will be held at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California, in San Diego County north of the city. Due to the limited space at the facility compared to last year's host Santa Anita, all tickets including general admission must be purchased in advance, and at time of writing, reserved seating for both days is sold out as is stretch run general admission for Saturday. If you still want to attend and don't wish to pay a premium on the resale market, you are limited to stretch run admission on Friday, or infield general admission for both days.
Pre-entries will close at noon on Monday, October 23, for all the races and will be announced on October 25. Those horses will be the only ones who can enter at that point. Final entries will be taken and post positions drawn on Monday October 30.
The Breeders' Cup will be televised on NBC and NBC Sports with the schedule shown below:
Friday, November 3, 5:00-8:00pm on NBC Sports
Saturday, November 4, 1:30-8:00 on NBC Sports
Saturday, November 4, 8:00-9:00pm ET (Classic only) on NBC
(: Great Choice from Blue Jay as well :)