THREE VIRGINIA-BREDS ENTERED IN BREEDERS’ CUP

For the first time ever, three Virginia-breds will be entered in Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY.
Edward P. Evan’s Quality Road will take on a star-studded field including the bettor and fan favorite Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, his four-year-old filly Malibu Prayer will tackle the Ladies’ Classic on Friday and Bert and Diana Firestone’s Winchester goes in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Four-time grade I winner Quality Road was pegged as the 5-1 second choice for the Classic behind undefeated Zenyatta (8-5) and Blame (9-2). The son of Elusive Quality drew post 1, which can be unfavorable at Churchill.
Quality Road’s trainer Todd Pletcher admitted post 1 is not an ideal spot, but he is confident his colt can overcome it. He said Quality Road was scheduled to load first no matter what post he drew.
“Obviously that wasn’t the post position we were hoping for, but it’s probably less of a disadvantage in a 12-horse field,” Pletcher said.
Preakness winner Lookin at Lucky (6-1) and Virginia Derby winner Paddy O’Prado (15-1) join the field.

Former Virginia-bred Horse of the Year Winchester will tangle with Arc de Triomphe and English Derby winner Workforce as well as multiple-group winner in France Behkabad. Winchester is the third favorite in the morning line at 8-1 and will start from post position #2.

Blind Luck, winner of the Kentucky Oaks Gr. I, was made the 9-5 favorite for Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Gr. I. Malibu Prayer starts from post position #3 and is listed in the morning line at 8-1. The field also includes Life At Ten (7-2), Havre De Grace (4-1), Unrivaled Belle (8-1) among others.