Breeders' Cup fields glitter with Horse of Year pick on line

October 30, 1997|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

As the fields take shape for racing's all-star day -- the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 8 at Hollywood Park -- talk already has turned to the races' impact on Horse of the Year honors.

Cigar, Horse of the Year the past two years, is retired. So a new champion will emerge from the horses entered yesterday in the seven races worth $11 million. Or will he?

Two horses not entered will vie for the title: Gentlemen, knocked out by a fever, and Silver Charm, still sidelined -- but back in training -- after a blood disorder discovered after his near-miss in the Triple Crown.

Even with those two missing -- not to mention two other Triple Crown stars, Free House and Captain Bodgit -- the fields for the seven races sparkle with stars.

The brightest also will contend for Horse of the Year: Formal Gold, Touch Gold and Skip Away in the $4 million Classic, and perhaps Favorite Trick in the $1 million Juvenile. A mere 2-year-old, Favorite Trick has not lost in seven starts.

In the richest race of the day -- which could become the richest horse race in history -- 4-year-olds Skip Away and Formal Gold meet the established 3-year-old Touch Gold and the late-developing 3-year-olds Behrens and Deputy Commander.

Carolyn Hine, the Highlandtown native who owns Skip Away, paid $480,000 to supplement her "Skippy" into the race. Under new rules, most of that will go into the purse. If Skip Away starts, the Classic prize will be $4.4 million, eclipsing the usual $4 million for the Classic and Dubai World Cup.

"I thought we'd just take a shot," said Sonny Hine, Carolyn's husband and trainer of Skip Away. "If he runs his race, they'll know he's in there."

In the $2 million Turf, the Maryland-breds Awad and Ops Smile will tangle with the horse many believe is the best in the world, the Irish-bred Singspiel.

@Breeders' Cup entries

Daily Racing Form odds

JUVENILE FILLIES (1 1/16 miles): Balisian Beauty (30-1); Bay Harbor (30-1); Beautiful Pleasure (4-1); Career Collection (12-1); Carrielle (30-1); Countess Diana (5-2); Diamond On the Run (20-1); Kirby's Song (30-1); Lily O'Gold (30-1); Love Lock (8-1); Nancy's Glitter (20-1); Primaly (30-1); Silver Maiden (7-2); Vivid

Angel (8-1).

SPRINT (six furlongs): Carmine Lake (IRE) (20-1); Confide (20-1); Crafty Friend (12-1); Elmhurst (20-1); Hesabull (20-1); Kelly Kip (15-1); Men's Exclusive (12-1); Northern Afleet (15-1); Pas de Reponse (15-1); Richter Scale (7-2); Royal Applause (GB) (20-1); Tale of the Cat (9-2); Track Gal (8-1); Trafalger (30-1).

DISTAFF (1 1/8 miles): Ajina (6-1); Clear Mandate (10-1); Dance Design (IRE) (N/A); Escena (6-1); Hidden Lake (2-1); Jewel Princess (5-2); Minister's Melody (30-1); Radu Cool (20-1); Sharp Cat (5-2); Twice the Vice (9-5).

MILE (1 mile): Anet (8-1); Decorated Hero (GB) (30-1); El Angelo (15-1); Fantastic Fellow (15-1); Geri (6-1); Helmsman (10-1); Honor Glide (30-1); Lucky Coin (5-1); Magellan (20-1); Pinfloron (FR) (15-1); Soviet Line (IRE) (20-1); Spinning World (2-1); Taiki

Blizzard (15-1); Wild Event (30-1).

JUVENILE (1 1/16 miles): Black Cash (20-1); Dawson's Legacy (20-1); Double Honor (15-1); Favorite Trick (8-5); Grand Slam (2-1); Johnbill (20-1); Nationalore (30-1); Souvenir Copy (5-2); Time Limit (15-1).

TURF (1 1/2 miles): Awad (12-1); Big Sky Chester (30-1); Borgia (GER) (10-1); Buck's Boy (30-1); Chief Bearhart (8-1); Dance Design (IRE) (15-1); Desert King (IRE) (4-1); Down the Aisle (N/A); Flag Down (20-1); Majorien (GB) (15-1); Ops Smile (30-1); Rajpoute (FR) (10-1); Singspiel (IRE) (8-5); Val's Prince (10-1).

CLASSIC (1 1/4 miles): Behrens (6-1); Big Sky Chester (N/A); Deputy Commander (10-1); Down the Aisle (30-1); Dowty (30-1); Formal Gold (8-5); Honor Glide (N/A); Savinio (30-1); Skip Away ,, (7-2); Taiki Blizzard (N/A); Touch Gold (2-1); Whiskey Wisdom (30-1).

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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