Uncle Mo, winner of the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 9 at Belmont Park, is the 7-5 morning line favorite for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Edward Evans' Quality Road breezed a half-mile in :48 3/5 at Churchill Downs Oct. 31 in his final work before the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at the Kentucky racetrack.
Todd Pletcher has pre-entered 11 horses -- more than any other trainer at the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held Nov. 5-6 at Churchill Downs.
Part of Todd Pletcher's Breeders' Cup brigade took to Belmont's training track to breeze one final time before they depart for Churchill Downs Oct. 26.
A heavyweight battle between the two top juveniles looms at Churchill Downs. Read Blog
Led by Quality Road, Breeders' Cup World Championship contenders from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher were hard at work at Belmont Park over the weekend.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Rising quickly in the first-crop juvenile sire standings is Bernardini. As the year winds down, he's competing for supremacy over other A.P. Indy-influenced young sires.
Quality Road headed Todd Pletcher's worktab at Belmont Park the morning of Oct. 10, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.06 in preparation for the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Uncle Mo is favored in the $300,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 9 at Belmont Park, where he will likely face five rivals in his stakes debut.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who won last year's Frizette Stakes (gr. I) with Devil May Care, is likely to have a foursome for the $300,000 race Oct. 9 at Belmont Park.
Keep an eye on two juveniles and an older horse heading for the Breeders' Cup.
Odds-on choice Boys At Tosconova, under a hand ride from jockey Ramon Dominguez, showed his class with a measured win in the $250,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) on closing day at Saratoga Sept. 6.
Three of the most impressive maiden winners this summer -- Boys At Tosconova, Stay Thirsty, and Wine Police -- headline a field of seven in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), the marquee event for juveniles at Saratoga.
A long wait between races is in store for recent impressive 2-year-old winners.
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