BC Friday Undercard Begins with Grade 2 Las Vegas Marathon
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Tue 28/10/2014 - 13:48 EDT
The Breeders Cup Friday undercard includes four stakes races October 31 at Santa Anita beginning with the Grade 2 $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon featuring a field of eight going a mile and three quarters on the main track.
With every runner in the field untested at the distance, the Las Vegas Marathon has all the makings of a crap shoot. To complicate matters, the runners demonstrating the best recent form are more accomplished on turf and synthetic footing than dirt. Big Cazanova is the 5/2 morning line favorite for trainer Peter Miller, and is cross-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Classic – although he would need a scratch from the main body of the field to gain entry to that race. Big Cazanova is just 1 for 11 on dirt including an eighth place finish in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup last time out. However, Big Cazanova has fared well on the Santa Anita dirt with a win and a third place effort at shorter distances.
Irish Surf gets class relief
Dan Hendricks will saddle Irish Surf (4/1), who has raced almost exclusively on turf and synthetics in 20 career starts. Irish Surf, a son of Giant’s Causeway, recorded a field-best 106 Beyer Speed Figure two starts back in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic run at a mile and a quarter on Polytrack despite finishing fifth in that race.
Mystery Train tries to find U.S. form
Mystery Train is also 4/1 on the morning line after finishing sixth in his last start – the Grade 1 Awesome Again. Mystery Train will be making the third start of his career in the United States after racing in South America.
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