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The Breeders’ Cup is coming. The Breeders’ Cup is coming. The Breeders’ Cup is coming.

One, if by land. Two, if by sea. Three or more, if by air.

It’s coming. The horses are coming. The people are coming.

To Keeneland. And, soon.

Here are our rankings in each of the Championship races that will be carded and held on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. The pre-entries will be this week. The final entries will follow. The final preparations are being made.

We give our “Top 5” in each race as we think they exist today. Who is coming? Who is riding? Who makes the gate? All great questions that answers “Will Be Determined” later.

But for now, we give our thoughts and a heads up into what just may be the best group of races ever carded for the Breeders’ Cup. Argumentative? Without question. But isn’t that truly what racing is all about. Opinions. Thoughts. Ideas. Suggestions. Information turned into thoughts.

Here you go. For entertainment purposes only. LOL.

Breeders' Cup 2023 -- Keeneland Race Course
McLean RankingsRaceDistanceSurfaceComments
Saturday, Nov. 5Breeders' Cup ClassicDirtBest Race in BC History?
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
FlightlineJohn SadlerFlavien PratTapit5/5-0-01st in G1 TVG Pacific Classic"Horse of a Lifetime?"
Life Is GoodTodd PletcherIrad Ortiz, Jr.Into Mischief11/9-1-01st in G1 Woodward Stakes"Horse of a Lifetime Any Other Year?"
EpicenterSteve AsmussenJoel RosarioNot This Time10/6-3-01st in G1 Travers StakesCould Be Next "Horse of a Lifetime?"
OlympiadBill MottJunior AlvaradoSpeightstown12/8-1-11st in G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup7 Starts This Year -- 6 Wins
Hot Rod CharlieDoug O'NeillTyler GaffalioneOxbow18/5-5-41st in Lukas ClassicAlways Right There / Always Close
Rich StrikeEric ReedSonny LeonKeen Ice11/2-1-32nd in Lukas ClassicUpset KY Derby Winner Is Better Than Most Give Credit
BC Distaff11/8-MilesDirt
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
MalathaatTodd PletcherJohn VelazquezCurlin13/9-3-11st in G1 Spinster StakesUndefeated Over Keeneland Main Track -- Big Plus
NestTodd PletcherIrad Ortiz, Jr.Curlin10/7-2-11st in G1 Beldame StakesTackles Older -- Looks Ready for Challenge
ClairiereSteve AsmussenJoel RosarioCurlin15/6-4-25th in G1 Personal Ensign StakesLast Race a Toss? Is For Me -- Huge Threat
Search ResultsChad BrownFlavien PratFlatter11/6-2-32nd in G1 Personal Ensign StakesStepped Up In Last Out -- Good Enough?
Secret OathD. Wayne LukasLuis SaezArrogate12/5-2-33rd in G1 Cotillion StakesTrack Speed Bias May Hurt -- But She Will Come Late
BC Turf11/2-MilesTurf
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
War Like GoddessBill MottJose LezcanoEnglish Channel12/9-1-11st in G1 Joe Hirsch Turf ClassicWill Connections Run Against Colts? They Should
Highland ChiefGraham MotionJohn VelazquezGleneagles (IRE)15/4-2-21st in Sycamore StakesWon Over This Sod & That Means More This Year
Gold PhoenixPhillip D'AmatoJuan HernandezBelardo (IRE)9/3-3-33rd in G1 John Henry Turf ChampCalifornia Grass Similar to This Sod This Year
Master PieceMichael McCarthyAbel CedilloMastercraftsman (IRE)19/6-3-12nd in G1 Del Mar HandicapWin in G1 Eddie Read Proves This One Is Capable
Stone AgeAidan O'BrienTBDGalileo12/2-3-25th in GR1 Qipco ChampionshipRan 3rd in G1 Belmont Derby Championship, Before 3 Straight 5ths
BC Mile1 MileTurf
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
Modern GamesCharlie ApplebyWilliam BuickDubawi (IRE)12/6-3-12nd in QE IILast 3 Races Are All Outstanding / Classy Sort
Bayside BoyR VarianTom MarquandNew Bay (GB)10/4-2-11st in QE IIWon Last Race at Ascot in Oct / Must Use If Enters
AnnapolisTodd PletcherIrad Ortiz, Jr.War Front7/5-2-01st in G1 Coolmore Turf MileRun Over This Rain-Deprived Sod Is Promising
IvarPaulo LoboJoe TalamoAgnes Gold (JP)14/6-2-22nd in G1 Coolmore Turf MileThis One Likes This Course / Should Aid & Assist
Saffron BeachJane Chapple-HyamTBDNew Bay (GB)13/6-3-08th in GR1 Bahrain Sun ChariotToss Last & This One Has 2 Wins & Second in Previous 3
BC Dirt Mile1 MileDirt
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
GuniteSteve AsmussenTyler GaffalioneGun Runner12/6-4-11st in Perryville StakesVery Impressive in Prep / Moves Up to Face Tougher
CyberknifeBrad CoxFlorent GerouxGun Runner11/5-3-13rd in G1 Pennsylvania DerbyCut Back in Distance Should Help / Facing Olders May Not
Cody's WishBill MottJunior AlvaradoCurlin10/6-1-31st in G1 Forego StakesUndefeated at Churchill Downs in 4 Starts / Keeneland?
Laurel RiverBob BaffertJuan HernandezInto Mischief7/4-1-01st in G1 Pat O'Brien StakesPerfect 2-for-2 This Year / Trainer Is Not
PipelineChad BrownTBDSpeightstown9/2-2-23rd in G1 Forego StakesHas Experience at KEE, Running 3rd in 2021 Perryville
BC Fillies & Mares Turf13/16-MilesTurf
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
In ItalianChad BrownJoel RosarioDubawi (IRE)8/5-2-11st in G1 First Lady StakesWin Over This Track in Last Outing / Looks Primed
Virginia JoyChad BrownIrad Ortiz, Jr.Solider Hollow (GB)14/6-2-21st in G1 Flower Bowl3 Win in 5 Stakes This Year / Another "Brown" on "Green"
TuesdayAidan O'BrienWayne LordanGalileo9/2-3-16th in GR1 Prix De L' OperaMissed Board in Last 2 / But Talent There
ToyAidan O'BrienWayne LordanGalileo8/2-3-01st in Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F.Inconsistent at Times / But When Good? / Really Good
RougirChad BrownKazushi KimuraTerritories (IRE)19/6-1-31st in GR1 E.P. Taylor StakesAnother Brown Candidate Who Can Excel At Times
BC Sprint6 FurlongsDirt
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
Jack ChristopherChad BrownJose OrtizMunnings5-0-11st in G1 H. Allen Jerkens StakesOnly Loss Came at 2 Turns / Should Fit Nicely Here
Jackie's WarriorSteve AsmussenJoel RosarioMaclean's Music17/12-2-12nd in G1 Forego StakesLost 4-Race Win Streak in Last / But Can Sprint
Elite PowerBill MottJose LezcanoCurlin7/4-0-11st in G1 Vosburgh Stakes4 Wins in Row Coming In / Look Out Here
American TheoremGeorge PapaprodromaJoe BravoAmerican Pharoah13/4-4-02nd in G1 Pat O'Brien StakesLost 2-Race Win Streak Last Out / West Coast's Best
Aloah WestWayne CatalanoTBDHard Spun12/6-2-11st in Kelly's Landing StakesWon This Stakes in Last Jump in 2021 / Repeat? / Hard to Do
BC Turf Sprint5.5 FurlongsTurf
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
Golden PalWesley WardIrad Ortiz, Jr.Uncle Mo12/8-2-01st in Woodford StakesUndefeated Over This Turf Course / Don't Doubt
CaravelBrad CoxTyler GaffalioneMizzen Mast19/11-0-31st in Franklin StakesUp & Down Lately / But When Right? / Really Right
Arrest Me RedWesley WardIrad Ortiz, Jr.Pioneerof the Nile11/6-1-23rd in KY Downs Turf SprintUp & Down Over Hills of KY Downs Last Out / Level Here Could Help
BranJohn SadlerVincent CheminaudMuhaarar (GB)21/7-4-41st in KY Downs Turf SprintShowed Endurancde in Last / Will Close Strong
Highfield PrincessJohn QuinnJ HartNight of Thunder (IRE)30/12-5-51st in Al Basti Equiworld3 Wins in Row / Hot Now
BC Fillies & Mares Sprint7 FurlongsDirt
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
SlammedTodd FincherFlorent GerouxMarking12/9-1-01st in Thoroughbred Club of AmericaHas Been Visually Impressive Since Arriving in KY / Look Out
Wicked HaloSteve AsmussenTyler GaffalioneGun Runner10/6-0-31st in G2 Lexus Raven RunSpectacular in Raven Run / Flashy and Speedy / Classy & Tough
Echo ZuluSteve AsmussenRicardo Santana, JRGun Runner7/6-0-01st in G2 Dogwood StakesOnly Blimish Came in G1 KY Oaks Going 2 Turns / Speed Will Carry
ObligatoryBill MottJose OrtizCurlin13/5-3-13rd in G1 Ballerina StakesCutback in Distance Could Be Ticket / Don't Dismiss
Ce CeMichael McCarthyVictor EspinozaElusive Quality22/11-2-41st in Chillingworth StakesWon This Stakes a Year Ago / Tough to Repeat / Very Tough
Friday, Nov. 4BC Juvenile Turf Sprint5.5 FurlongsTurf
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
NagirrocGraham MotionManny FrancoLea3/2-1-01st in G1 Futurity2 Wins in Row After Debuting With 2nd at Horseshoe Indianapolis
Mischief MagicCharlie ApplebyWilliam BuickExceed and Excel (AUS)5/3-0-14th in GR 1 Juddmonte Middle Park StakesTroubled Trip / If He Comes, Look for Much Better
Love ReignsWesley WardTBDUS Navy Flat3/2-0-01st in Bolton Landing StakesScratched Out at KEE & That Is Concern / But Training Very Well
Speed Boat BeachBob BaffertTBDBayern2/2-0-01st in Speakeasy StakesUndefeated & Trained by Baffert / Remember When That Used to Mean Something?
The Platinum QueenRichard FaheyTBDCotal Glory (GB)7/4-2-01st in Prix De L'Abbaye De Longchamp4 Wins In a Year Is a Lot For Any Horse / For a 2YO?
BC Juvenile Fillies11/16-MilesDirt
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
Chocolate GelatoTodd PletcherIrad Ortiz, Jr.Practical Joke3/2-0-11st in G1 Frizette Stakes2 Wins in Row & Looks To Be Getting Better / Nice Turn of Foot in Last
Wonder WheelMark CasseTyler GaffalioneInto Mischief4/3-0-11st in G1 Alcibiades StakesWin Here Helps Immensely / Speed Will Carry -- Especially With Short Stretch
Chop ChopBrad CoxJoel RosarioCity of Light3/2-1-02nd in G1 Alcibiades StakesNearly Got Job Done Last Time Out / This May Be the Spot / Def Use for Me
Leave No TracePhillip SerpeTBDOutwork3/2-0-13rd in G1 Frizette StakesBroke MSW at Saratoga By 51/2 / Speed Will Travel
ShoplifterEddie KenneallyRafael BejaranjoSuper Saver4/1-2-02nd in G2 Pocohontas StakesOnly Miss Was at Ellis Park / Can Toss After Horrid Start / Could Hit Board at Price
BC Juvenile Fillies Turf1 MileTurf
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
DelightJonathan ThomasLuis SaezMendelssohn4/2-0-21st in Jessamine StakesWinner Over This Course Helps Immensely / Dusty Grass Helps Speed
Pleasant PassageShug McGaugheyIrad Ortiz, Jr.More Than Ready2/2-0-01st in G2 Miss Grillo StakesUndefeated & Unlimited Ability / HOF Trainer Knows What To Do
Free LookChad BrownFlavien PratTapit3/1-1-12nd in G2 Miss Grillo StakesBroke MSW at Saratoga Before Running Huge in 1st Stakes Effort / More to Come
Last CallKevin AttardRafael HernandezEnglish Channel3/1-1-01st in GR1 Natalma StakesCanadian Shipper Will Face Much Tougher Here
MeditateAidan O'BrienTBD6/4-2-02nd in Juddmonte Cheveley ParkAnother With 4 Wins in 2YO Season / Wow
BC Juvenile11/16-MilesDirt
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
ForteTodd PletcherIrad Ortiz, Jr.Violence4/3-0-01st in G1 Breeders' FuturityCame Like a Pro Until He Moved Into Loggins Deep in Stretch / Talent For Sure
Cave RockBob BaffertJuan HernandezArrogate3/3-0-01st in American Pharoah StakesUndefeated & Trained by Baffert / Hmmm….
Blazing SevensChad BrownFlavien PratGood Magic3/2-0-11st in G1 Champagne StakesWon In the Deep, Deep Slot in Champagne / If it Rains?
Curly JackTom AmossEdgar MoralesGood Magic4/2-1-01st in Iroquois StakesLoved the Improvement in the Iroquois / Show Maturirty at Right Time
VerifyingBrad CoxFlorent GerouxJustify2/1-1-02nd in Champagne StakesLooks Like a Real Threat From Top Barn / Can't Dismiss This One
BC Juvenile Turf1 MileTurf
HorseTrainerJockeySireRecordLast RaceCommentsBETS
Battle of NormandyShug McGaugheyTBDCity of Light3/1-1-07th in Pilgrim StakesLast Race a Complete Toss / This 1 Has Huge Upside & My Biggest Bet in 2 Days
Major DudeTodd PletcherIrad Ortiz, Jr.Bolt d'Oro4/2-0-11st in Pilgrim StakesIf It Rains? A Lot? A Whole Lot? Like It More Then
AndthewinnerisWayne CatalanoFlavien PratOscar Performance4/2-0-21st in Bourbon StakesWinner Here & That Helps / But? / Well Beaten by Battle in Normandy in MSW
I'm Very BusyChad BrownTBDCloud Computing2/1-1-02nd in G1 Pilgrim StakesRan Well in Bog Conditions / Should Improve Over Firm Turf
Silver KnotCharlie ApplebyTBDLoup de Vega (IRE)5/3-0-11st in Emirates Autumn Stakes3 Wins in Last 4 Starts & Looks Impressive