Biden or Trump? The eyes of the world is currently watching with anticipation to see who will become the next President of the United States of America. With all the talk centered on the election results, people will need to cast their eyes on a place called Keeneland in Kentucky, because over the next couple of days, the stars of British and Irish racing, are already there, hoping for glory.
The Wizard is represented in the shape of Aidan O’Brien who hope that his magic will work on Magical who will hope to cast a spell coming from stall two while his stablemate, Mogul, will be the widest of all on Saturday in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf event.
Both Ryan Moore and Pierre-Charles Boudot respectively, will be trying to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a seventh success in the 12-furlong heat, which also features Dermot Weld’s Tarnawa, who will be ridden by Christophe Soumillon.
The Maestro will also be there to entertain as the John Gosden/ Frankie Dettori-ridden Lord North (six) and Mehdaayih, will exit from stall four for Joel Rosario.
In the Fanduel Breeders’ Cup Mile, Oisin Murphy will partner Kameko, the 2000 Guineas winner trained by Andrew Balding, when he leaves stall two. Around him will be familiar entries too as
O’Brien’s Circus Maximus (one) and the Ger Lyons-trained Siskin (four), while Lope Y Fernandez (three), Safe Voyage (six) and One Master (nine) complete the British and Irish challenge. Surely with such a powerful presence from the British and Irish camps, victory in the race can be claimed?
Last year’s winner Uni is drawn 12th of the 14 runners for Chad Brown.
The Jessica Harrington-trained Cayenne Pepper will be drawn 14 of 14 runners in the Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf, which also features O’Brien’s Peaceful (three), Terrebellum (seven) from the Gosden yard and James Fanshawe’s Audarya (11).
Glass Slippers is in stall six for Kevin Ryan in the Turf Sprint, with Charlie Hills’ Equilateral is among the reserves for the six-furlong contest. But Bob Baffert may hold the key to the Classic with three-times Group One winner Improbable, Kentucky Derby victor Authentic and Maximum Security. The trio were all drawn next to each other in the ten-furlong feature, taking stalls eight, nine and ten respectively.
Baffert said: “That was crazy. I got here just before the draw and I saw Authentic in the nine. And they’re going to be easy to watch.
“It’s not like the Sprint and they have a long run to the turn. They have to break well. Improbable, he needs to break well.”
Tiz The Law will be in stall two and Toms D’Etat (four) is another leading contender.
Monomoy Girl (ten) and Swiss Skydiver (five) face off against each other in the Distaff in what is one of the most eagerly-awaited clashes.
Swiss Skydiver won the Preakness on her most recent start for Kenny McPeek, while Monomoy Girl won this race in 2018 but could not defend her title last year after suffering a bout of colic.
Trainer Brad Cox is unconcerned by her draw in the widest stall of all, adding: “She was 11 of 11 in the Breeders’ Cup in 2018. She was 14 of 14 in the Kentucky Oaks. I love it.”