Saturday’s nine Breeders’ Cup races culminate in the $6 million Classic, with an eclectic group of horses sure to challenge even the best handicappers. Frankly, this year’s Classic is one of the most confusing ever as at least eight or nine of the 14 horses have a huge shot and wouldn’t be a shock. Good luck in all nine races. We’ll need it.
BEST BET: Enable, Turf
BEST LONGSHOT: Mind Your Biscuits, Classic
Filly and Mare Sprint
MARLEY’S FREEDOM: Her 3 1/4-length easy victory in the Grade I Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga was her fourth straight and at the same distance as Saturday.
SELCOURT: Idle California filly has won three straight, including a 4 1/2-length score in the Grade II Santa Monica. That was on March 24, and she hasn’t raced since.
FINLEY’S CHARM: Threw in a clunker when seventh in the Ballerina, but she is 6-for-7 at Churchill Downs.
GOLDEN MISCHIEF: Steps up to a Grade I stakes off three consecutive victories.
Saver: Shamrock Rose.
DISCO PARTNER: His 4 1/2-length victory in an ungraded $151,000 stakes was his biggest margin of his 11 wins. He was only beaten a half-length when third at 5-1 in this stakes last year.
STORMY LIBERAL: He’s won three straight, each in a photo finish. Has lost two of three vs. Disco Partner.
CONQUEST TSUNAMI: Dazzling speedster was second by a head to Stormy Liberal in last.
WORLD OF TROUBLE: Is 2-for-2 on turf, but this is his first start in a graded stakes, let alone a Grade I.
Saver: Lost Treasure.
CATALINA CRUISER: He’s 4-for-4, including a pair of Grade II stakes, and none of his scores were close, all by 2 1/4 lengths or more.
CITY OF LIGHT: Incredibly consistent colt has four wins, four seconds and one third in nine starts. Has been working lights out for this.
FIRENZE FIRE: Talented but inconsistent colt won a Grade III stakes by a neck in last.
SEVEN TRUMPETS: Has hit the board in four straight races and is three-for-three at Churchill Downs.
Saver: Seeking the Soul.
Filly and Mare Turf
WILD ILLUSION: Godolphin filly has won two straight Group I stakes.
SISTER CHARLIE: Talented Chad Brown filly who runs well fresh has also won two straight Grade I stakes.
FOURSTAR CROOK: This Chad Brown mare flew home to win the Grade I Flower Bowl going away by two lengths. She’s at the top of her game.
EZIYRA: European invader has four wins and a third in her last five starts, but must overcome the 14 post.
Saver: Magic Wand.
IMPERIAL HINT: Won his third straight in the Grade I Vosburgh easily. He was second by a length in this stakes last year.
ROY H: The defending champ beat top one in last year’s Sprint, and he won his last, a Grade I stakes at Santa Anita, by 2 3/4 lengths. Is the obvious one to beat.
PROMISES FULFILLED: Extremely talented 3-year-old facing elders was dead game to take his third straight graded stakes in last.
LIMOSINE LIBERAL: A pair of thirds in his last two races gave him 14 consecutive finishes in the money. Is 6-for-8 at Churchill Downs with one second.
CATAPULT: Got his last eighth of a mile in :11 winning his second straight Grade II stakes.
EXPERT EYE: Finished a close third in a Group I stakes in France in last. May be overlooked here.
OSCAR PERFORMANCE: Won the Grade I Woodbine Mile by a length and a quarter in last. Was pulled up in the much longer Arlington Million the race before.
I CAN FLY: 3-year-old English filly was second by a neck vs. males in the 13-horse Group I Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Saver: Analyze It.
MONOMOY GIRL: Though disqualified and placed second in the Grade I Cotillion, she’s finished first in nine of her 10 races. She is 2-for-3 at Churchill Downs.
BLUE PRIZE: Has won three straight stakes, a Grade II, a Grade III and a Grade I. Has three wins and a pair of seconds in five starts at Churchill Downs.
WOW CAT: Filly from Chile was second, third and first in three starts at Saratoga and Belmont Park. She dominated a Grade I field in last.
MIDNIGHT BISOU: Was placed first in the Cotillion, but she’s finished behind Monomoy Girl in all of their three meetings.
Saver: Abel Tasman.
ENABLE: Her second consecutive victory against males in the Group I Arc de Triomphe made her 6-for-6 at a mile-and-a-half and 9-for-10 lifetime with one second.
WALDGEIST: Was only beaten a length and three quarters by Enable in the Arc. That makes him the one to beat.
CHANNEL MAKER: Upped his game considerably winning the Grade I Turf Classic in last by 4 1/2 lengths. He’s America’s best hope in this race.
GLORIOUS EMPIRE: This speedster followed a dead-heat win with Channel Maker with a near two-length victory in the Grade I Sword Dancer at this distance.
MIND YOUR BISCUITS: Highest-earning New York-bred of all time couldn’t have been more impressive winning the Grade III Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs at a mile-and-an-eighth. Believe he can win this at a mile-and-a-quarter.
ACCELERATE: Highly-accomplished 5-year-old has won three straight and five of his last six with one second. He’ll have to overcome the 14 post at a short price.
WEST COAST: Second to Accelerate in his Grade I return was his first start since March 31. A move forward is likely Saturday and he’s got a huge chance.
ROARING LION: English superstar makes his dirt debut off four consecutive Group I victories. If he handles dirt, he’ll be a handful.
Saver: Catholic Boy.