2011 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic Cheat Sheet
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
2011 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic Replay
So you want to watch the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic on Friday but you have no idea who’s running. Not to worry! Here’s a thumbnail of the field in order of post position with their morning line odds. Check out our 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic Cheat Sheet and check back Friday and Saturday for our Breeders’ Cup picks!
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1. Miss Match (10-1) – One could argue that after two Grade 1 races against males she’s getting some class relief here. Three back against fillies and mares, she ran a solid third to Blind Luck and Switch in the Grade 1 Vanity. She’s put in some nice endurance works and is likely to be overlooked.
2. Pachattack (12-1) – Ran a game second to Aruna and Ask the Moon in her last two and was wide in both efforts. Her post position might help her save ground, which could make the difference for her. SHOW (3rd)
3. It’s Tricky (5-1) – Impressive in the Acorn and Coaching Club Oaks, one of the three 3-year-olds expected to dominate. She ran second to the other two in her last two races but is reportedly working well, would not be a surprise. PLACE (2nd)
4. Satan’s Quick Chick (30-1) – She would be a surprise! Last win was in a non-graded stakes in January; she doesn’t seem to be particularly helped by the potential pace scenario or distance.
5. Ask the Moon (6-1) – DRF clocker extraordinaire Mike Welsch thought she made a strong appearance in her first gallop at Churchill, which might answer a big question about her: Can she win outside of Saratoga? She’ll certainly make Plum Pretty’s job more tough, but can she hang on and fend off the impending cavalry charge? Maybe.
6. Royal Delta (5/2) – Second choice on the morning line, she beat It’s Tricky in the Alabama after running third in the Coaching Club Oaks and was a distant second to Havre de Grace in the Beldame last out. But she ran well in her first outing against older fillies and mares and has been impressing everyone in her morning works. WINNER
7. Ultra Blend (8-1) – It might be a bit more distance than she’d like, but there’s no denying that she’s been game all year and in particular in her last two efforts. She certainly could sit behind the pace and pull an upset, and probably at a nice price.
8. Plum Pretty (2-1) – Kentucky Oaks winner traded wins with Royal Delta and It’s Tricky over the summer but crushed by seven and a half lengths last out over It’s Tricky. It’s worth noting that in her race prior to her Kentucky Oaks win she also dominated. She’ll likely be the controlling speed, but Ask the Moon might make her work for the lead in her first outing against older fillies and mares.
9. Medaglia d’Amour
(30-1) – She’s come down with a fever and will be scratched out of the race.
10. Super Espresso (20-1) – Hasn’t done much since a win on the Preakness undercard but conceivably could get a piece of the action if there’s a pace meltdown, although there’s nothing in her works or reports from clockers that indicates that she’s in peak form.