California Chrome Tops Three Exciting Days This Week at Ruidoso Downs


California Chrome working out at his home base at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California in preparation for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Gary Tasich photo courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course.

RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (October 31, 2016) — The world’s top-rated thoroughbred California Chrome racing in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday tops three exciting days at Ruidoso Downs.

The action begins on Thursday with Billy’s Shoot-Out Six Handicapping contest boasting a $1,000 guaranteed payout. The track used in the contest is Churchill Downs with an 11 a.m. first post time.

The 33rd running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will include 13 Grade 1 races and $28 million in purses. They will be held at Santa Anita Park on Friday and Saturday. There will be four Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Friday and nine Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Saturday.

All wagering opportunities will be offered at Billy’s Sports Book on each Santa Anita racing day.

Santa Anita’s first post time on Friday is 12:25 p.m. and first post time on Saturday is 9:15 a.m.

The ultimate race on Friday is the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff and culminating the Breeders Cup World Championship is California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.

There is a wide array of exotic wagers with exceptional guaranteed payoffs. On Friday, there is a $1.5-million guaranteed Breeders’ Cup Pick 6, a $1-million guaranteed Pick 4 and a guaranteed $500,000 Pick 5. On Saturday, there is a $3-million guaranteed Pick 4, a $2-million guaranteed Pick 6, a $1-million guaranteed Pick 4 and a $500,000-guaranteed Pick 5.

Players will have the advantage of wagering on the world’s premier thoroughbreds in these races.

California Chrome, winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, has earned $13,432,650 and could be in the best form of his career. The Art Sherman-trained horse has won each of his six 2016 starts, including the $10-million Dubai World Cup and the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic.

If Found runs in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, as expected, she will provide an interesting addition. The Irish-bred daughter of Galileo won the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Europe’s premier race, two starts ago over one-and-one-half miles. The earner of $7,250,405 would be making her first start on the dirt in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Also probable for the Breeders’ Cup Classic is Whitney Handicap winner Frosted, Travers Stakes winner Arrogate and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Hoppertunity.

Robert “Bat” Masterson’s Tepin will defend her triumph in last year’s $2-million Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile. The earner of more than $4 million showed she is among the best turf milers in the world this year when she traveled to Ascot near London to win the prestigious Queen Anne Stakes, the highlight of an eight-race winning streak.

Depth and class will be present in Friday’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff with champions Songbird, Beholder and Stellar Wind.

Songbird is unbeaten from 11 starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. None of her rivals have raced to within three-and-three-quarter lengths of the Medaglia d’Oro daughter. The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained filly has won seven Grade 1 races, including her latest four starts.

The veteran Beholder has earned more than $5 million and is always dangerous. The Richard Mandella-trained mare has two Grade 1 wins and three second-place finishes from her five 2016 starts.

Stellar Wind has defeated Beholder in her two latest starts, the Grade 1 Zenyatta and the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch. She could be the improving competitor in this race with those two classy victories. She was beaten by Beholder three starts ago in the Grade 1 Vanity Mile.