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Hello, my name is John Cherwa, and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter and let the Breeders’ Cup countdown begin.

First let me thank all of you who sent forth your thoughts on Broadway songs about horse racing. Seems that “Fugue for Tinhorns” is really the only one. Where else but this newsletter can you talk about horse racing and Broadway in the same sentence.

Some of you offered up other songs, which I had forgotten about. One by John Stewart called “Let the Big Horse Run” (you can hear it here) , which is a tribute to Secretariat. Another one, which I forgot about but upon recollection is one of my favorites, is called “Run for the Roses” (you can hear it here) by Dan Fogelberg. Is there a better line than “the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance”?

Those were songs before fancy music videos, as you’ll note when you watch.

On to the Breeders’ Cup.

Breeders’ Cup update — With new special feature

We are delighted to start a video feature from Jeff Siegel and Aaron Vercruysse of xbtv as we start the countdown to the Breeders’ Cup. Lots of insight and knowledge. Definitely worth a watch. Today, they talk about the Classic, Unique Bella’s work and a host of other stuff to make you smarter. And, if you haven’t checked out xbtv.com, you should. There is a lot of content and just about every workout or gallop you can imagine. Personally, if a horse isn’t working with another horse, I can’t tell if a workout is good or bad, but these folks know. (Watch it here)

The Breeders’ Cup announced the schedule and betting menu. Here’s a look.

Nov. 3

11:25 a.m. Race 1 Non-Breeders’ Cup race: WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD, Pick 5

Noon Race 2 Non-Breeders’ Cup race, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD

12:35 p.m. Race 3 Non-Breeders’ Cup race. WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, DD, Pick 4

1:10 Race 4 Non-Breeders’ Cup race, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD, Pick 6

1:45 Race 5 Non-Breeders’ Cup race, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD

2:25 Race 6 Juvenile Fillies Turf, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD, Pick 4

3:05 Race 7 Dirt Mile, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD, Pick 4

3:50 Race 8 Juvenile Turf, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD

4:35 Race 9 Distaff, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, DD with Classic, Super Hi 5

5:17 Race 10 Non-Breeders’ Cup race: WPS, Ex, Tri, Super

Nov. 4

10:10 a.m. Race 1 Non-Breeders’ Cup race, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD, Pick 5

10:45 Race 2 Non-Breeders’ Cup race, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD, Pick 5

11:20 Race 3 Non-Breeders’ Cup race, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD

Noon Race 4 Juvenile Fillies, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD

12:37 p.m. Race 5 Turf Sprint, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD, Pick 4

1:14 Race 6 Filly & Mare Sprint, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD

2 p.m. Race 7 Filly & Mare Turf, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD, Pick 6

2:37 Race 8 Sprint, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD

3:19 Race 9 Mile, WPS,. Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD, Pick 4

3:58 Race 10 Juvenile, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, DD

4:37 Race 11 Turf, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, DD

5:35 Race 12 Classic, WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, SuperHi 5

Minimum bets:

$2-WPS, DD, Pick 6

$1-Ex, Distaff/Class DD

$0.50-Trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, PIck 5, Super Hi 5

$0.10-Superfecta

Santa Anita preview

Santa Anita is winding down its fall meeting with an eight-race card on Thursday with half of the races on the turf. Before the meeting, Santa Anita boss Tim Ritvo definitely said he was increasing the number of turf races and he’s kept that promise. The first turf race is the first, for claimers going one mile, with nine entries. The third and sixth are down the hill over about 6½ furlongs, one a maiden special weight with 10 entrants and four also eligible and the other an allowance optional claiming with 10 and 1. The eighth race is another miler for maiden claimers with 10 and 3. And what does a max of 10 horses tell you? The rail is set at 20 feet. The other four races are on the dirt with field sizes of 6, 7, 8 and 6.

I know I keep saying that any good horse is headed to San Diego, making the cards elsewhere devoid of stars. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but this Saturday at Santa Anita a truly special horse in Hoppertunity is running in the $70,000 Comma to the Top Stakes over a mile. He’s been off since March, when he ran in Dubai, but this well-traveled horse also ran in last year’s Classic. He’s earned more than $4.2 million running for trainer Bob Baffert. Flavien Prat. who may have as many as 10 Breeders’ Cup rides, gets the mount. Hoppertunity is worth a watch at about 2:15 in the fifth race on Saturday’s 11-race card.

Jeff Nahill’s SA spot play

THIRD RACE: No. 4 Minister's Glory (15-1)

It's first time turf for this 2-year-old son of Ministers Wild Cat, who gets 14% winners first time on the grass. The damsire, Valid Wager, gets 13% winners first time on the turf. Trainer Mike Machowsky is 20% first time turf and he has a good turf rider in Joe Talamo on board. Machowsky also puts blinkers on (20%). This gelding moves from a Maiden $50,000 claimer to MSW but I'm not concerned by the class rise.

SUNDAY'S RESULT: Spiritual Warrior looked well positioned most of Sunday's eighth race on the rail and turning for home, but just didn't have it in the stretch and finished well back.

Jeff Nahill is a quality editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He can be reached at jeff.nahill@sduniontribune.com. For other selections go to his blog: fromthewinnerscircle.me

Catching up on the news

--Santa Anita is requesting the ability to go to seven-race cards on Thursday and Friday during its Winter-Spring meeting. Steve Andersen of the Daily Racing Form has the details. (read here)

--Royal F J has finally retired after running 102 races, his last on Thursday of last week. During that time he won nine times, finished second 19 times with 18 thirds. The 10-year-old gelding finished with $568,150 in earnings. “He’s going to have a good life ahead and we’re going to find him a good spot,” trainer Jack Carava told Ed Golden of Santa Anita. It’s yet to be determined where he’s going, but we’ve had tons of offers so we’re going to go through those and find him a good home, but he won’t run anymore. The good thing is he leaves here sound. All the years I had him, he was always at the barn with me. I never turned him out, he never missed any training. He still wouldn’t be the kind of horse that would miss any training.”

--The Kentucky Derby has a new sponsor in Woodford Reserve, which sounds a boatload better than naming it after Yum! (don’t forget the exclamation point) Brands. Now this doesn’t mean I’m going to use Woodford Reserve in the title of the race any more than I did Yum! Brands (which is never). Matt Hegarty of the Daily Racing Form has the details. (read here)

Final thought

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Now, the star of the show, Thursday’s entries.

Santa Anita Entries for Thursday, October 26.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 16th day of a 19-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $28,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $32,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Hal's Buddy Flavien Prat 124 Bill McLean 10-1 32,000
2 Mangita Evin Roman 119 Jerry Hollendorfer 6-1 32,000
3 You're A Goat Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 124 Dan Blacker 4-1 32,000
4 Ryder's Starlight Stewart Elliott 124 Thomas Ray Bell, II 8-1 32,000
5 Mo'vette Corey Nakatani 122 Richard Baltas 6-1 32,000
6 Skradin Tiago Pereira 124 Felipe N Souza 5-1 32,000
7 Rosie My Rosie Kent Desormeaux 124 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 8-1 32,000
8 Out Ofthe Ordinary Jamie Theriot 124 Brian J. Koriner 6-1 32,000
9 Arethusa Joseph Talamo 124 Jeff Mullins 9-2 32,000

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $35,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 True Valor Mario Gutierrez 124 Doug F. O'Neill 2-1
2 Rafter One Martin Pedroza 124 Michael Pender 6-1
3 Rolls Royce Deal Juan Ochoa 121 Gus Headley 12-1
4 Night's Watch Evin Roman 119 Leonard Powell 5-2
5 War Union Brayan Pena 121 Dan Blacker 8-1
6 Kona Dreams Tiago Pereira 124 William Spawr 9-5

THIRD RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Jersey's Heat Tiago Pereira 120 Rafael Becerra 20-1
2 Dos Palos Tyler Conner 120 Dean Pederson 20-1
3 Rustic Canyon Evin Roman 115 Carla Gaines 15-1
4 Minister's Glory Joseph Talamo 120 Michael Machowsky 15-1
5 My Journey Stewart Elliott 120 Richard Baltas 10-1
6 Raven Creek Tyler Baze 120 Jeff Mullins 8-5
7 King Eddie Mario Gutierrez 120 Doug F. O'Neill 30-1
8 Gringo Star Victor Espinoza 120 Ian Kruljac 3-1
9 Hardboot Corey Nakatani 120 Michele Dollase 8-1
10 Powerful Thirst Flavien Prat 120 Steven Miyadi 7-2
Also Eligible
11 Catability Matt Garcia 120 Philip A. Oviedo 20-1
12 Shaymin Brice Blanc 120 Ben D. A. Cecil 15-1
13 The Sleepy Prince Brandon Boulanger 120 Ruben Gomez 50-1
14 Push Through Mario Gutierrez 120 Edward R. Freeman 20-1

FOURTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $14,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $6,250.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Cheese Sasha Risenhoover 122 Angela Maria Aquino 6-1 6,250
2 Forthenineteen Evin Roman 117 Genaro Vallejo 9-5 6,250
3 I'm No Patsy Saul Arias 122 Javier Jose Sierra 4-1 6,250
4 Family Rules Salvador Iniguez 122 Duff Shidaker 15-1 6,250
5 Smil'n From Above Ignacio Puglisi 122 Marcelo Polanco 6-1 6,250
6 Pam's Joy Juan Sanchez 124 Jesus Nunez 2-1 6,250
7 Southern Darling Rito Almanza 122 Sally Rivera 15-1 6,250

FIFTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $28,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Derby Factor Vinnie Bednar 122 Ruben Gomez 20-1 50,000
2 Trapper Peak Juan Ochoa 122 Mick Ruis 6-1 50,000
3 Silver Fury Stewart Elliott 122 Blake R. Heap 12-1 50,000
4 Creatively Tyler Conner 120 Mark Glatt 8-1 40,000
5 Snazzy Dresser Chantal Sutherland 122 George Papaprodromou 3-1 50,000
6 Moon Juice Martin Pedroza 122 Philip A. Oviedo 15-1 50,000
7 Royal Bar Tyler Baze 122 Ronald W. Ellis 5-2 50,000
8 Colormemoney Evin Roman 117 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 2-1 50,000

SIXTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $53,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Doc Curlin Victor Espinoza 122 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 6-1
2 Law Abidin Citizen Tyler Baze 120 Mark Glatt 4-1
3 Tribal Fighter Corey Nakatani 124 Richard Baltas 4-1
4 Anatolian Heat Brice Blanc 124 Peter Miller 7-2
5 Mithqaal Kyle Frey 124 Doug F. O'Neill 30-1 62,500
6 Eric the Trojan Evin Roman 117 Ronald W. Ellis 10-1
7 Drummer Tyler Conner 124 Neil D. Drysdale 30-1 62,500
8 Cimpl Man Rafael Bejarano 122 Gary Mandella 6-1
9 Home Run Kitten Kent Desormeaux 124 Peter Miller 5-1 62,500
10 Holy Whirl Wind Joseph Talamo 122 Philip D'Amato 12-1
Also Eligible
11 Coastline Flavien Prat 124 John W. Sadler 9-2 62,500

SEVENTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $30,000. Starter Optional Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $40,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 We Will Re Joyce Flavien Prat 120 Steven Miyadi 6-1
2 Midnight Summer Evin Roman 115 Peter Miller 3-1 40,000
3 Empress of Lov Tyler Baze 120 Gary Sherlock 2-1
4 She Can Too Felipe Martinez 120 Mike Harrington 12-1 40,000
5 Poco Suenos Brayan Pena 120 Molly J. Pearson 4-1
6 Tiger Mom Kent Desormeaux 120 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 5-2

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $36,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $100,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Croatian Joseph Talamo 120 Bob Baffert 6-1 100,000
2 Falcone Chantal Sutherland 120 J. Keith Desormeaux 4-1 100,000
3 Extrordinary Jerry Kyle Frey 120 Doug F. O'Neill 5-1 100,000
4 Roaring Fork Stewart Elliott 120 Mike Puype 5-1 100,000
5 Pointed Tiago Pereira 120 Marsha D. Schwizer 20-1 100,000
6 Blended Citizen Brayan Pena 120 Doug F. O'Neill 12-1 100,000
7 Super Classic Brandon Boulanger 120 Ruben Gomez 50-1 100,000
8 Charlie Cowden Corey Nakatani 120 Tim Yakteen 7-2 100,000
9 Charming Gent Rafael Bejarano 120 Richard Baltas 4-1 100,000
10 Purr Cat Evin Roman 115 Neil D. Drysdale 12-1 100,000
Also Eligible
11 Alternate Rhythm Tyler Baze 120 Jeff Mullins 4-1 100,000
12 Sandbed Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 120 Clifford W. Sise, Jr. 6-1 100,000
13 It's a New Year Flavien Prat 120 Peter Miller 5-1 100,000

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