By Brian DiDonato
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint – First inclination was to avoid this race, as it seems pretty impossible, but have to have a few bucks on #11 QUEEN OF BERMUDA (IRE) (20-1). She seems most likely to relish the soft conditions given her impressive score over heavy ground three back. She hasn’t been far at all behind a few of these, and will be a much bigger price than them.
GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf – It’s hard to love the post, and Newspaperofrecord might just be too good, but #14 EAST (GB) (20-1) is sneaky talented and will offer excellent value close to her morning line. The Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale record setter is just a gorgeous mover and was extremely impressive overcoming trouble to score last time in the G3 Prix Thomas Bryon. How she’ll handle the ground is a bit of a question mark, but she’s pretty compact, so she should get over it well enough.
GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf – #2 UNCLE BENNY (15-1) might be one of the best bets of the weekend. He’s won his first two starts on pure talent at distances shorter than what he’ll be best at. His pedigree top and bottom screams more ground, and he certainly gives that impression in the flesh–he’s a big, scopey, good-looking horse whose coat couldn’t have looked better when out on the track earlier this week. Line of Duty seems like the Euro you want, so will be aggressive here and only use those two.
GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile – #8 STANDARD DEVIATION (12-1) looks a little slow on Beyers, but he actually earned a huge number for his debut on Thoromanger. He obviously had no chance given dynamics last time, and the blinkers should help keep him more within striking range behind an honest pace. He’s got some shades of Good Magic. His 4-year-old Lonhro half-sister was claimed for $16K at Gulfstream in September, so it looks like someone will be rooting hard for him.