SportsLens handicappers have their say on 2021 Breeders Cup picks for the Friday of the meet. It’s all about juveniles on day one of the World Championships from Del Mar. These young horses could be stars of the future, so check out which have caught our expert’s eye.
Averly Jane – Juvenile Turf Sprint
First up in our 2021 Breeders Cup picks is AVERLY JANE in the Juvenile Turf Sprint race (5:50 EDT). The Wesley Ward barn has two very strong contenders here in this five-furlong dash, but this daughter of Midshipman is four from four.
That fab record gives Averly Jane an edge over fellow filly Twilight Gleaming, who returns stateside after two summer runs in Europe. Ward has won this race the last two years, so should land the trifecta.
Echo Zulu – NetJets Juvenile Fillies
Any two-time Grade 1 winner as a juvenile cannot be ignored, so ECHO ZULU obviously appeals for the Juvenile Fillies dirt race (6:30 EDT). Her trainer, Steve Asmussen, won this 10 years ago, and has an unbeaten daughter of Gun Runner on his hands here.
The barn sent that horse out to win the Classic here at Del Mar in 2017. So much about the profile of Echo Zulu checks the boxes. Her two easy wins over other top-two-year-olds makes it hard for handicappers to pick anything else.
Cachet – Juvenile Fillies Turf
By far the most open race of the night is the Juvenile Fillies Turf (7:10 EDT). Few if any Breeders Cup picks for Friday can be sure here, so the suggestion is UK runner CACHET to make the show. Up-and-coming trainer George Boughey has done really well with his two-year-olds.
It doesn’t make sense that oddsmakers working for online betting sites on both sides of the Atlantic have Pizza Bianca shorter than Cachet. Using Woodbine winner Wild Beauty as a form marker, the daughter of Aclaim should have the beating of Christophe Clement’s runner. So many juveniles fillies in the field could win this one, though.
Corniche – TVG Breeders Cup Juvenile
In the Juvenile dirt race for colts and geldings (7:50 EDT), CORNICHE may have an edge over favorite Jack Christopher. Both youngsters are two from two on the track, but only one has experience of Del Mar. That is the pick of Bob Baffert’s three in the race.
Corniche represents a barn that has won this on four occasions. It’s a percentage call with both already Grade 1 winners. Both horses still have so much potential progress in them. Corniche is among 2021 Breeders Cup picks at better forecast odds.
Dubawi Legend – Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf
Despite two fellow Brits coming over representing Godolphin, DUBAWI LEGEND has lots of upside for the Juvenile Turf race last up on Friday (8:30 EDT). Hugo Palmer’s charge caught the eye at Doncaster with a debut win and has since placed behind Native Trail in the Dewhurst Stakes. That is top UK form, so Dubawi Legend can place again.
Albahr handles the transatlantic travel, which remains an unknown for favorite Modern Games. The fact that James Doyle, who is usually Godolphin’s number two jockey in England, rides Dubawi Legend instead could be a tip in itself. The challenge from across the pond looks really strong this year!
2021 Breeders Cup Picks for Friday, November 5
- 5:50 – Averly Jane in the Juvenile Turf Sprint
- 6:30 – Echo Zulu in the NetJets Juvenile Fillies
- 7:10 – Cachet to show in the Juvenile Fillies Turf
- 7:50 – Corniche in the TVG Breeders Cup Juvenile
- 8:30 – Dubawi Legend to place in Juvenile Turf
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