Breeders' Cup, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita/Breeders’ Cup picks for Friday, November 1

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Bias alert! Bias alert!

Keep a close eye on the main track for Friday’s early races because Thursday’s races were run in wire-to-wire fashion, except the last race when the leader still finished a strong second.

It brings back memories of last year’s Breeders’ Cup when there was a pronounced speed bias. The smart jockeys will smell it out so watch the races very closely.

The word around the track is that the inside of the track was “scrapped” on Wednesday. For most of the fall meet the track has seemed fair, but many jockeys didn’t stay on the rail. They will on Friday, if Thursday is any indication.

We’ll see.

FIRST RACE: 1. He’s Had Enough, 2. Omega Star, 3. Pure Loyalty. LONG SHOT: Yankee Rebel.

HE’S HAD ENOUGH was on the Triple Crown trail earlier this year facing the likes o f Orb, Flashback, Violence and Shanghai Bobby, who he finished to in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year. The son of Tapit has been off since late March and trainer Doug O’Neill tries something new with him, running down the hill on the turf course. If he’s 90 percent, he might just outclass this field.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Got Even, 2. Heir of Storm, 3. Door’s Open. LONG SHOT: Newfound Gold.

This could be an all-Peter Miller exacta as he trains the top two. I was leaning to HEIR OF STORM, a son of Wildcat Heir, who gets a barn switch to the red-hot Miller (11 wins at the meet) until the speed bias showed up on Thursday. GOT EVEN has speed and he gets Joel Rosario to ride. HEIR OF STORM is trying dirt for the first time in his career after synthetic and grass attempts. Miller puts the blinkers on and Eastern-based jockey Jose Lezcano jumps aboard.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Cinmars Dance, 2. Tamarando, 3. Life Is a Joy. LONG SHOT: Electric Eddie.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Harlington’s Rose, 2. Moving Desert, 3. Cal Gal. LONG SHOT: Smoove It.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Procurement, 2. Gervinho, 3. Gabriel Charles. LONG SHOT: Dry Summer.

PROCUREMENT, a 3-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew, has lost to a few of these before, but he has two wins over this course and one victory at this distance of 1 1/8 mile on the grass. Jockey Gary Stevens keeps the mount and the way he is riding the odds are well worth a shot. We think his downhill trip last time was just a prep for this spot.

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Breeders’ Cup races begin here.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Ever Rider, 2. Suns Out Guns Out, 3. Commander, 4. Worldly. LONG SHOT: Old Time Hockey.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Giovanni Boldin1, 2. Wilshire Boulevard, 3. Bobby’s Kitten, 4. Bon Accord. LONG SHOT: Aotearoa.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Alpha, 2. Brujo de Olleros, 3. Fed Biz, 4. Goldencents. LONG SHOT: Broadway Empire.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Chriselliam, 2.Vorda, 3. My Conquestadory, 4. Clenor. LONG SHOT: Ready to Act.

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TENTH RACE: 1. BEHOLDER (BEST BET), 2. Royal Delta, 3. Princess of Sylmar, 4. Authenticity. LONG SHOT: Close Hatches.

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