The two-year-olds kick off the 40th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 3 at Santa Anita. Future Stars Friday features five Cup races, each one a fascinating handicapping puzzle.


5 furlongs on the turf. Since Santa Anita cannot race 6 furlongs on the turf, the turf sprints are at just 5 furlongs which means breakneck speed and a lot of luck are the key factors. PICK 5 wagering.

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3 – TIGER BELLE (Ire) – 15-to-1 longshot choice (I have a couple of these today) She won a Group 3 in France last out over a nice one in Dawn Charger. She will need a good kick at the very short distance.

4 – BIG EVS (Ire) – very quick colt blazed to a big win in the Group 2 Flying Childers Sept. 15 at Doncaster.

1 – CRIMSON ADVOCATE – US filly went to Ascot and won the Queen Mary (G2) over next out Group 2 winner Relief Rally. George Weaver saddled three in this race.

8 – CHERRY BLOSSOM – Aidan O’Brien-trained filly was 4th in Group 1 Cheveley Park last out.



1 1/16 miles, dirt. The great mare Beholder’s daughter Tamara is 4 to 5 on the morning line. This is the start of a Pick 4.

7 – TAMARA – Not going to empty the wallet keying in on this undefeated filly as she tries two turns for the first time, but her Del Mar win was stunning.

1 – CANDIED – Unbeaten on the east coast in two races for trainer Todd Pletcher.

12 – JUST F Y I – Post position is nasty but if she can tuck in by the first turn, she has a good chance to be in the top three.

2  -JODY’S PRIDE – also two for two on the east coast and 15-to-1 on the morning line.



1 mile, turf

4 – LAULNE (Fr) – recently purchased for $793,000 by a number of US interests, 15-to-1, finished strongly in Group 3 at 6 furlongs last time.

9 – CARLA’S WAY (Ire) – Group 2 winner in England defeated Ylang Ylang last time, that one came back to win a Group 1.

11 – SHE FEELS PRETTY – Won Woodbine’s Natalma Stakes with flair and was one of five fillies to come out of that race to win their next starts.

6PORTA FORTUNA (Ire) – Group 1 winner in England may have some tactical speed.



1 1/16 miles

Bob Baffert seems to have a stranglehold on this race with three top colts but eastern colt Locked is my choice

6 – LOCKED – wide trip on way to Breeders’ Futurity win.

2 – PRINCE OF MONACO – unbeaten in 3 races.

10 – MUTH – Gr 1 winner.

1 – THE WINE STEWARD –  edged by top pick.



1 mile, turf

2 – RIVER TIBER (Ire) –  loved the way he finished in Gr 1 at 6 furlongs last time in England for Aidan O’Brien.

9 –  ENDLESSLEY – unbeaten in 3 races in California.

5 – MY BOY PRINCE – he could lead for a long time.

14 – CARSON’S RUN – won the Summer Stakes at Woodbine.