Saratoga starts their historic summer meet on Thursday, July 13. The oldest horse racing track in the United States routinely sends favorites to Breeders’ Cup events. This year will be no different.
Check out a run down of the top races to look for at Saratoga and Del Mar, the West Coast’s version of the Spa, as well as updated info on the Breeders’ Cup.
Check out updated Breeders’ Cup lines as well as news regarding the 2023 BC Classic.
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Top Breeders’ Cup Prep Races this Summer
Angel of Empire and Tapit Trice return in the Grade 1 Haskell on July 22. Both project to start in the Travers Stakes on August 26. Arcangelo, the impressive Belmont winner, Mage, the Derby winner, and Forte will also run in the Mid-Summer Derby.
As far as older horses are concerned, the Jockey Club Gold Cup at the Spa and the Pacific Classic at Del Mar are the highlight events. It’s too early to know which horses will run in either. Cody’s Wish may go in the JC Gold Cup.
Bob Baffert could run three or four in the Pacific Classic. Taiba is a strong possibility. So are Country Grammar, Defunded, and maybe one of Bob’s 3-year-olds like Arabian Knight.
Also, we must pay attention to graded grass races at Saratoga. Summer time is when Aidan O’Brien and other top European trainers send their runners to the U.S.
No Older Horse on Flightline’s Level
Last year, Flightline dominated the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Flightline retired after winning the Classic and didn’t run in 2023.
No horse, neither a 3-year-old or an older equine, has emerged that’s close to Flightline’s level. Because of that, Forte and Arcangelo, a pair of 3-year-olds, are two of the top choices, Cody’s Wish is the top choice to win the 2023 BC Classic.
Travers Stakes Could End Up Producing the Breeders’ Cup Classic Chalk
If Forte or Arcangelo win the Travers Stakes, they could end up the Breeders’ Cup Classic chalk. Right now, odds are based on non-summer events.
So a horse like Taiba will become a co-favorite with Cody’s Wish if Taiba wins the Pacific Classic. Still, the buzz is deafening surrounding Arcangelo and Forte.
Arcangelo, especially, has looked great in the mornings. If the Belmont Stakes winner improves at all, he could develop into a Flightline type monster. He won’t be as good as Flightline, but he’ll be close.
Keep Arcangelo on your radar. If the Jenna Antonucci runner does something special in the Travers Stakes, he could be worth the low future odds to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
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