The 2021 Breeders’ Cup is approaching quickly, which is why every week there’s more important BC news. This past week, the most important news happened when Del Mar Racetrack said Bob Baffert could run his horses in this year’s Breeders’ Cup. Now that Bob has the go ahead, check out which horses Baffert trains that should make an impact. Also, check out top plays, Horse Racing Odds and the latest news in our 2021 Breeders’ Cup Betting update. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Bob Baffert Horses Are Given The Green Light to Race the BC
2021 Breeders’ Cup
- When: Friday, Nov. 5 – Saturday, Nov. 6
Baffert horses cleared to run with conditions
Bob Baffert, the greatest trainer in thoroughbred racing history, can enter horses in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar. It made no sense why Bob couldn’t run horses considering he had already run equines at Del Mar’s summer meet.
But politics invades everything in life nowadays. So even though Baffert hasn’t been stripped of Medina Spirit’s Kentucky Derby win, the silver-haired horseman must deal with extra security and increased testing.
It doesn’t seem fair. Baffert will play by the rules, though.
Bob Baffert’s Top Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls
With that in mind, check out the four Baffert runner that should have a say in the outcome of the races in which they’re entered.
The Into Mischief sired beast is the fastest horse going 6 furlong in the world. Her speed ratings are on par with what Jackie’s Warrior has posted, which will make her co-favorite should she decide to run in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
If Baffert decides to really go for it and enters Gamine in the BC Distaff, she’ll be the one runner that can bury Letruska early and hold off the closers.
Bob could decide to go for the easy money and run in the BC Filly & Mare Sprint. She dominated last year’s F&M Sprint, winning by 6 ¼ lengths.
- Medina Spirit
On paper, the front-runner looks to have no shot. Medina is likely to face the highest-rated older horse on dirt in fellow early runner Knicks Go.
But although Knicks Go will be tough to run with, or run down, the Derby winner busted out with a 107 Beyer figure in his last, a gate-to-wire victory in the Grade 1 Awesome Again.
Not only that, but Knicks Go has never won at 1 ¼ miles. Heck, he’s never raced at 1 ¼ miles and flubbed in the 1 1/8 miles Saudi Cup after getting pressure from another Baffert runner, Charlatan.
Medina is proven at the distance, has a high-cruising speed, mustn’t travel far to race, and has filled out. He can take the Classic at what should be big odds.
- Private Mission
Private Mission won the Grade 2 Zenyatta Stakes the easiest of winners. She took charge before the turn and then sped away for a comfortable 2 ½ to 3 length victory. Bob is running her in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
How good is Private Mission? We don’t know if she’s good enough to beat Letruska. What we do know is that she could improve off the effort, has a devastating turn of foot, and should get lost in the betting because she’s a 3-year-old filly running against older.
The Baffert 2-year-old figures to go off first or second choice to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Corniche is proven at 1 1/16 miles, the Juvenile distance. He’s also run the fastest of the Juvenile contenders.
If Corniche looks so great on paper, why is he fourth on our list of Baffert horses with a shot to win their BC race? One reason is because Jack Cristopher, trained by Chad Brown, and Baffert charge Pinehurst have similar running styles. Both will be on the lead or close to it with Corniche.
Second, Todd Pletcher trained Major General doesn’t show the speed ratings, but he has shown an ability to sit and pounce, and that might be the best tactic to use to win the Juvenile. Finally, year in and year out, the BC Juvenile is one of the most competitive events over the 2-day Breeders’ Cup Festival.
Taking short odds on Corniche doesn’t make sense. So look for value before biting.