Five horses to watch in upcoming Breeders' Cup
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In just three weeks, Churchill Downs will host this year's Breeders' Cup for the first time in seven years.
With Triple Crown winner Justify now retired and not running, Darren Rogers with Churchill Downs gives us his five horses to watch.
"We might not have a Justify, but you're going to see the best horses that are actively running in the world coming right here to Churchill Downs," said Rogers.
#5 - Promises Fulfilled
The Dale Romans horse will be racing in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
"Fans might remember Promises Fulfilled as the horse that was on the lead that Justify kind of swallowed up in the Kentucky Derby," said Rogers.
The three-year-old has since returned to sprints and Rogers says he has become one of the top in his field.
"He won the Phoenix at Keeneland to make him one of the favorites in the Breeders' Cup Sprint," he said.
#4 - Monomy Girl
The filly is this year's Kentucky Oaks winner.
"She's won each, or crossed the wire in each of her starts this year. Last time out though she was disqualified in a controversial decision in Cotillion at Parks," said Rogers.
She's running in the Breeders' Cup Distaff and will be racing against some top contenders.
"It'll be a rematch against Midnight Bisou. She's also going to have to face last year's Kentucky Oaks winner Able Tasman. But Monomy Girl is that good. She might be able to get it done in the Breeders' Cup Distaff," said Rogers.
#3 - A tie between West Coast and McKinzie
Rogers says the two are strong horses from trainer Bob Baffert running in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
"Number one is West Coast. He's finished second in his top competition all year. But his prep race last time out at Santa Anita really sets him up for a top run," said Rogers.
He'll have to contend with his stable mate, McKinzie.
"Fans might remember McKinzie who was on this year's Kentucky Derby trail. In fact, Bob Baffert thought that was his best three year old in the barn. He got hurt. He came back in the Pennsylvania Derby with a big run," said Rogers.
#2 - Enable
The number two on our horses to watch might just be the best horse in the world running at this time, according to Rogers. The four-year-old filly won the Arc de Triumph, beating out males in the most prestigious race in Europe.
"She was only the eighth horse to win it in back-to-back years. That's quite an accomplishment. I look for her to spring forward and tackle males again in the Breeders' Cup turf and she'll be very tough to beat," said Rogers.
#1 - Game Winner
"He's three for three. He won the American Pharaoh at Santa Anita in his first start around two turns comfortably. In fact he got better," said Rogers.
Game Winner is another Bob Baffert-trained thoroughbred and Rogers says he could be a strong contender for the Run for the Roses.
"This is a horse to watch, not only for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but for next year's Kentucky Derby," said Rogers.
The Breeders' Cup runs November 2 and 3 at Churchill Downs.
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