Big fields for Breeders’ Cup

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A new venue did little to deter horsemen from around the world from entering horses for 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships as 187 horses were pre-entered for next weekend’s 13 Grade 1 stakes at Del Mar.

The number of pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup is an increase of two from a year ago and the group includes nine defending or former winners – Arrogate, Highland Reel, Drefong, Oscar Performance, Lady Eli, Champagne Room, Queen’s Trust, Finest City and Mongolian Saturday.

Arrogate, the winner of last year’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, is one of 14 entered for the 2017 renewal of the weekend’s signature event. He’ll vie for favoritism in the 1 1/4-mile Classic with multiple Grade 1 winner Gun Runner and stablemates Collected and West Coast.

The Classic is the last of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races and will be broadcast live on NBC during a one-hour broadcast from 8-9 p.m. ET. Post time for the Classic is 8:35 p.m. ET. All of the Breeders’ Cup races will be shown on the NBC Sports Network on cable Friday (5-8 p.m. ET) and Saturday (1:30-8 p.m. ET). The races will also be broadcast on the radio through the Horse Racing Radio Network from 5-8 p.m. Friday and 3-9 p.m. Saturday.

Final entries for the 13 Breeders’ Cup races are due Monday and post positions will be determined that day. A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in 12 of the 13 races, the lone exception the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, which is limited to 12 starters.

Here’s a look at the pre-entries for each of the 13 races:

Breeders’ Cup Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. $1 million. 5:25 p.m. ET.
Best Performance, Capla Temptress, Dixie Moon, Fatale Brere, Happily, Juliet Capulet, Madeline, Moon Dash, New You’re Talking, Orbolution, Rushing Fall, September, Significant Form, Ultima D. Not selected and listed in order of preference: Stainless, Retro, Princess Warrior, Goodthingstaketime.

Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. $1 million. 6:05 p.m. ET
Accelerate, Awesome Slew, Battle Of Midway, Cupid, Giant Expectations, Imperative, Iron Fist, Lancaster Bomber, Midnight Storm, Mind Your Biscuits, Mor Spirit, Practical Joke, Sharp Azteca, War Decree. Not selected and listed in order of preference: Win The Space, Gate Del Oro.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. $1 million. 6:50 p.m. ET.
Beckford, Catholic Boy, Encumbered, Flameaway, Hemp Hemp Hurray, James Garfield, Masar, Mendelssohn, Nelson, Rajasinghe, Sands Of Mali, US Navy Flag, Untamed Domain, Voting Control. Not selected and listed in order of preference: My Boy Jack, Snapper Sinclair, Tap Daddy, Admiralty Pier, Tip Two Win, Tangled, Count Alexander, Lansky, Landshark, Pubilius Syrus, Armour Plate, Hazit, Golden Dragon.

Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. $1 million. 7:35 p.m. ET.
Abel Tasman, Champagne Room, Elate, Forever Unbridled, It Tiz Well, Mopotism, Paradise Woods, Romantic Vision, Stellar Wind.


Breeders’ Cup Saturday

14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. $2 million. 3:00 p.m. ET.
Alluring Star, Blonde Bomber, Caledonia Road, Gio Game, Tell Your Mama, Heavenly Love, Maya Malibu, Moonshine Memories, Piedi Bianchi, Princess Warrior, Separationofpowers, Stainless, Wonder Gadot.

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. $1 million. 3:37 p.m. ET.
Bucchero, Cotai Glory, Disco Partner, Hogy, Holding Gold, Lady Aurelia, Marsha, Mongolian Saturday, Pure Sensation, Richard’s Boy, Stormy Liberal, Washington DC. Not selected and listed in order of preference: B Squared, Guns Loaded, Pacuita Coqueta, Tombelaine.

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. $1 million. 4:14 p.m. ET.
Ami’s Mesa, Bar Of Gold, By The Moon, Carina Mia, Constellation, Curlin’s Approval, Finest City, Finley’sluckycharm, Highway Star, Paulassilverlining, Princess Karen, Proper Discretion, Skye Diamonds, Unique Bella.

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. $2 million. 5:00 p.m. ET.
Avenge, Birdie Gold, Cambodia, Dacita, Grand Jete, Lady Eli, Nezwaah, Queen’s Trust, Rhododendron, Roly Poly, Senga, War Flag, Wuheida, Zipessa. Not selected and listed in order of preference: Goodyearforroses, Kitten’s Roar, Smart Call, Responsibleforlove.

TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint. $1.5 million. 5:37 p.m. ET.
American Pastime, B Squared, Calculator, Drefong, Imperial Hint, Mind Your Biscuits, Practical Joke, Ransom The Moon, Roy H, Takaful, Whitmore.

Breeders’ Cup Mile. $2 million. 6:19 p.m. ET.
Bal a Bali, Ballagh Rocks, Big Score, Blackjackcat, Churchill, Decorated Knight, Heart To Heart, Lancaster Bomber, Ribchester, Roly Poly, Senga, Suedois, World Approval, Zelzal. Not selected and listed in order of preference: Home Of The Brave, Midnight Storm, Karar, Om, Hunt, Mr. Roary, Frank Conversation.

Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. $2 million. 6:38 p.m. ET.
Bahamian, Bolt d’Oro, Firenze Fire, Free Drop Billy, Givemeaminit, Golden Dragon, Good Magic, Hazit, Hollywood Star, Mendelssohn, Solomini, The Tabulator, U S Navy Flag.

Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. $4 million. 7:37 p.m. ET.
Beach Patrol, Bigger Picture, Bullards Alley, Cliffs Of Moher, Decorated Knight, Fanciful Angel, Highland Reel, Hunt, Itsinthepost, Nezwaah, Oscar Performance, Sadler’s Joy, Talismanic, Ulysses. Not selected and listed in order of preference: Seventh Heaven, Smart Call, Oscar Nominated, Frank Conversation, Mr. Roary, War Story.

Breeders’ Cup Classic. $6 million. 8:35 p.m. ET.
Arrogate, Churchill, Collected, Cupid, Diversify, Gun Runner, Gunnevera, Keen Ice, Mubtaahij, Pavel, War Decree, War Story, West Coast, Win The Space.