(Equibase, Blood Horse & other sources) California Grade 1 winner Bond Holder (BC Juvenille) and stakes winner Blueskiesnrainbows (BC Marathon) have been pre-entered in the 30th Breeders’ Cup to be run November 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Bond Holder broke his maiden in Front Runner Gr. 1 last out and Blueskiesnrainbos has a stakes win in his next-to-last start to go with a close third in the 12 furlong Cougar II Handicap Gr.3. Bond Holder was bred by Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. and Blueskiesnrainbows by Edward P. Evans.
This year’s championship day attracted nine winners from last year’s Breeders’ Cup will be returning—Fort Larned (Classic), Royal Delta (Distaff), Wise Dan (Mile), Little Mike (Turf), Groupie Doll (Filly & Mare Sprint), Beholder (Juvenile Fillies), Mizdirection (Geico Turf Sprint), Flotilla (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Trinniberg (Xpressbet Sprint).
In addition, nine others who placed in last year’s Breeders’ Cup will be heading back for another try—Mucho Macho Man, Flat Out, Point of Entry, Marketing Mix, The Fugue, Obviously, Capo Bastone, The Lumber Guy, and Reneesgotzip.
A total of 172 horses were pre-entered by the Oct. 21 deadline, down from the 180 horses pre-entered in 2012.
Part of that decline can be attributed to the six horses pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), which drew such a quality field it discouraged others from pre-entering. The chances of defeating Princess of Sylmar, two-time Distaff (then the Ladies’ Classic) winner Royal Delta, Beholder, Close Hatches, and Authenticity are about as good as going against the starting five of the Miami Heat.
A victory by Princess of Sylmar, or possibly Royal Delta, could raise the bar for Horse of the Year honors the following day. Game On Dude and possibly a couple more from the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) and Wise Dan, trying for consecutive Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) victories, will attempt to stake their own claim for top honors.
To see the complete BC pre-entries, click here.