2018 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf Trifecta

2018 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf Trifecta

Written by on October 30, 2018

Because every year the Breeders’ Cup runs so many races, horseplayers must pick and choose what type of wagers they wish to make on those Breeders’ Cup Races. It’s also impossible to wager on every race. After much handicapping, I’m keying on the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf for my BC trifecta this year. Here’s a closer at the Breeder’s Cup odds for Filly and Mare Turf Trifecta.

2018 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf Trifecta

  • When:  Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2:04 pm ET

Churchill Downs – Race 6

  • 1-Fourstar Crook 5/1
  • 2-Thais 20/1
  • 3-Wild Illusion 7/2
  • 4-Pavved 20/1
  • 5-Princess Yaiza 30/1
  • 6-Sistercharlie 3/1
  • 7-Smart Choice 30/1
  • 8-Fuhriously Kissed 30/1
  • 9-A Raving Beauty 10/1
  • 10-Magic Wand 5/1
  • 11-Mom’s On Strike 20/1
  • 12-Santa Monica 15/1
  • 13-Athena 15/1
  • 14-Ezyira 15/1

Trifecta Key Horse:  Wild Illusion, Magic Wand

Godolphin owned and Charles Appleby trained Wild Illusion couldn’t be in better form. She heads to the BC Filly and Mare Turf off two straight Group 1 wins. She won the Qatar Nassar Stakes at Goodwood in the UK on August 2. In her last race, she beat Magic Wand in the Prix de l’Opera Longines on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe undercard.

Wild Illusion was all out to beat Magic Wand in the Prix de l’Opera. She’ll have to go all out again to prevent the Aidan O’Brien trained miss to turn the tables on her. Magic Wand pummeled Wild Illusion in the Group 2 Ribblesdale at Ascot in June. It makes sense to use both on top in my trifecta play.

Horses to Use in Place Slot:  Wild Illusion, Magic Wand, Princess Yaiza, Sistercharlie, Ezyira

I love Princess Yaiza’s 30/1 morning line odds. She won the Group 2 Qatar Prix de Royallieu in her last, gets blinkers, and gets Lasix for her run in this. This is a major step up, but she’s in excellent form.

Sistercharlie’s the top choice from the Chad Brown barn. Brown also saddles 5/1 Fourstar Crook, 10/1 A Raving Beauty, and 15/1 Santa Monica. Sistercharlie beat Fourstar Crook in the Beverly D. after chasing soft fractions. She can close into a soft pace and should be the biggest challenger to Wild Illusion and Magic Wand.

Ezyira breaks from a horrible post, the 14, but she’s classy. She won a Group 2 and finished third behind Sea of Class and Coronet in the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks. Both of those would be favored in this.

Horses to Use in Show Slot:  All

It’s impossible to know which horses will finish up the trifecta. All European horses should run well while some of the American longshots might get up in the trifecta. I don’t want to miss out on a big payday because I didn’t include all runners.