2017 Breeders’ Cup Fillies Mares Turf Predictions

As we enter the meat of the Breeders’ Cup races we have the Fillies and Mares on the Turf. This race awards a prize of $2,000,000 and is for 3-Year-Olds and up.

Last year, Queen’s Trust took it at a mile-and-a-quarter. This year it is shortened to a mile-and-an-eighth. And believe it or not, she is not the favorite this year to defend her title. If she does win, she will be the first horse to win this race back-to-back. Only one other horse has won it two times — Ouija Board in 2004 and 2006. The connection to Queen’s Trust? That is the same jockey from that 2006 ride. The jockey was Lanfranco Dettori and he is up again this year for Queen’s Trust.

Here’s the rest of the field of 14:

7th Race Post Time 5:00 EST PM- Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares Turf-$2,000,000 Guaranteed Purse

  1. War Flag: Ridden by Jose Ortiz 12-1
  2. Senga: Ridden by Stephane Pasquier 20-1
  3. Birdie Gold: Ridden by Mike Smith 30-1
  4. Zipessa: Ridden by Joe Bravo 20-1
  5. Wuheida (GB): Ridden by William Buick 20-1
  6. Cambodia: Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke 8-1
  7. Dacita (CHI): Ridden by Joel Rosario 8-1
  8. Grand Jete (GB): Ridden by Javier Castellano 6-1
  9. Lady Eli: Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr 5-2
  10. Queen’s Trust: Ridden by Lanfranco Dettori 12-1
  11. Nezwaah: Ridden by Andrea Atenzi 20-1
  12. Avenge: Ridden by Flavien Prat 8-1
  13. Goodyearforroses: Ridden by Corey Nakatani 12-1
  14. Rhododendron (IRE): Ridden by Ryan Morre 8-1

Summary: War Flag sprung the upset in the Flower Bowl against Dacita and Grand Jete wants more distance. Senga pulled an upset at French Oaks but has not been able to validate since. Birdie Gold pulled a win and you’re in but will be in for a rude awakening against these horses. Zipessa and her upset at First Lady was interesting. She gets Jersey Joe Bravo up still looking elsewhere. Wuheida’s first time running in the states would have run in the Queen Elizabeth but had a minor foot injury. Cambodia won two stakes races over the summer at Del Mar but against way less talent. Dacita rarely fails to fire. Even though she is a Grade 1 winner, she might prefer more ground.

Grand Jete was lazy when in the lead at Flower Bowl and then responded with a 2nd. Live in this spot. Lady Eli is an amazing mare with huge talent also great story too. Queen’s Trust nosed out Lady Eli last year and has had a rough season so far this year. Nezwaah looks to be in a tough spot against stronger foes. Avenge wire couldn’t come soon enough in her last but still hasn’t reached top form from 2016. Goodyearforroses was empty when favorited in Rodeo but gamely challenged Lady Eli. Rhododendron outside of two starts — when in top form — is considered a top contender.

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