The Breeders’ Cup is seen as the culmination of a hard season on the flat, and the action in 2021 will be taking place at Del Mar in November.
The race changes venue constantly and this time it will go to San Diego, California. You can check out some of the best Del Mar Race Track Horse Racing Tips here.
Stars from around the globe will be heading to the track in the United States later in the year to etch their names into the history books, but which horses are the early picks for some of the featured races that will be taking place at the Breeders’ Cup later in the season?
Essential Quality- Breeders’ Cup Classic
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the race that all the American trainers will be looking to win this season. It is the final leg of the Grand Slam of racing in the United States and will likely attract some of the stars of the season that have already put down their markers in the Triple Crown races.
At this point, it looks hard to see anything other than another famous victory at the Breeders’ Cup for Essential Quality. The three-year-old has already tasted victory at the huge event in the past after winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year.
His perfect record was ended at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derby, but that defeat could be put down to poor luck. He returned to the track with a stunning run in the Belmont Oaks, as he renewed his rivalry with Hot Rod Charlie in a classic finish. Essential Quality showed his class in the closing stages to finish a length and a quarter ahead of his rival. And, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same one-two once again at Del Mar.
Love- Breeders’ Cup Turf
The Breeders’ Cup Turf will almost inevitably be won by one of the European raiders making the trip to the United States. Of the current contenders, it would be hard to look past Love continuing her excellent form by showcasing her dominance on the turf with potentially the biggest win of her career.
She will be looking to join recent greats such as Enable and Found as filly/mare winners of this race, and it is hard to look past her chances. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has an excellent record in this race, having won six occasions in the past.
Love’s place in the race was assured with victory in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, as she marked her return to the track with a victory over Audarya. That was her fourth straight victory, with her first win in that sequence coming in the 1000 Guineas.
She ended her 2020 campaign with victories in the Investec Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks. Her form this season has continued to blossom, and she looks a very solid contender for Del Mar.
Palace Pier- Breeders’ Cup Mile
Palace Pier is already regarded by many as the best horse in training in Europe. He will be able to show the rest of the world just how talented he is in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Frankie Dettori will be onboard the four-year-old. Dettori last won this race in 2018 with Expert Eye, and he will certainly be onboard the contender with the best chance in this year’s renewal. Palace Pier’s only defeat under rules came at Ascot in October last year, as he finished third behind The Revenant.
However, doubts surrounding his credentials at the course were routinely answered in June, as he won the Queen Anne Stakes in commanding fashion from Lope Y Fernandez.
That was his third group victory of the season, with his last two wins coming in Group 1s. His performance at Newbury in the Lockinge was professional, and he showed every inch of the same grit when winning at Royal Ascot.