HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Ninety-two horses were entered for the Breeders' Cup -- 71 American, 21 European. For the first time there are European-based horses in every race. But the Florida heat is expected to hurt their chances, just as it did at Gulfstream in 1989 when the European contingent was winless.
* Pleasant Tap is the lukewarm favorite to win the Classic. He has run in three previous Breeders' Cup races without winning. He was sixth in the '89 Juvenile with Eddie Delahoussaye riding; eighth in the '90 Turf with Jerry Bailey up; and second in the Sprint last year with Delahoussaye again in the irons. Gary Stevens has the mount this year.
* There are just a few Maryland connections in this year's races. The only Maryland-bred running is Secret Odds in the Juvenile Colts.
No Maryland stallions are represented by offspring. Two Maryland jockeys, Edgar Prado and Tommy Turner, have mounts. Prado is on Booly in the Juvenile Fillies and Jolie's Halo in the Classic. Turner rides Diamond Duo in the Distaff.
Two Maryland trainers, Larry Murray (Secret Odds) and Bill Donovan (Diamond Duo) are making their Breeders' Cup debuts as well as Maryland owners, Howard and Sondra Bender (Secret Odds) and Harriet Finkelstein and Lillian Solomon (Diamond Duo).
* Among his early favorites, track oddsmaker Chuck Streva says Rubiano in the Sprint was his only easy choice.