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Are These the Best Longshots for the Breeders' Cup?
With 14 races during the meet, the number of opportunities to grab some wins at the Breeders' Cup always feels as stacked in your favor. However, with so many horses taking part, trying to pick out some of those longshots that may be worth a punt isn't easy. So, after searching through the different entry lists, perhaps these three horses could be worthy of your attention.
First up, we have Alda in the Juvenile Fillies Turf who may be flying under the radar. The problem with Alda is a tendency to run at a slow pace if they land at the rear, but they can turn on the afterburners when they get into the stretch. As long as they are still within some kind of contention as they turn into the final stages of the race, then there's every possibility that they could gallop past the other entrants and make ground putting pressure on others and potentially force them into a mistake.
Ivar is lined up for the mile race, and this could be the perfect distance. In one of his last races, the Group 1 race at Shadwell Mile, he showed an impressive turn of pace in the second half of the race showing he has the stamina and ability to hang tough. There's no doubt that this colt is improving as he learns his trade, and as with Alda, he could be a seriously dangerous horse if he's still well within contention with the rest as we enter the final third of the race. Also, he needs to be in the right position to get the jump on the leaders in the home stretch, so he requires the perfect jockey who fully understands his temperament to then be capable of taking advantage.
Donjah is down for an appearance in the Turf race, and this German import will relatively be unknown to many, and that could prove to be their undoing. This four-year-old won the Group 1 Preis Von Europa in 2020, and even though it was a pretty poor race in general, you still need to be up there competing to win. Her form has been quite steady over the last year, and no other entrant should create a sense of fear for her. If you are looking for a longshot who could be missed by most, then this is the horse to look out for.
Of course, any horse can win any race, and that's the beauty of the Breeders' Cup meet. All you need is to land one race big even if you scratch on the others and you can still generate a profit. However, even though the favorites tend to hold firm with their form coming into this meet, we do feel that throwing some money in the direction of these kinds of longshots is still well worth doing. After all, they have the talent and ability to upset the odds, but it could be you who benefits from it in the long-term.