Kentucky Derby aspirants vie in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile [Horse Racing]

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Shanghai Bobby has been installed as the morning line favorite at 2-1 and Fortify was made the third choice at 9-2. Since a west coast-based horse has won the Juvenile four times in the five times the race has been held at Santa Anita, a couple of price horses worth considering are 6-1 Title Contender and 12-1 Monument, both based on the west coast.

Title Contender moves up from the maiden ranks for trainer Bob Baffert and will seek his second win in three starts. This type of jump in class may seem crazy to some, but Baffert seems to be the one that can make the crazy sane, having performed similar feats with Midnight Interlude (winner 2011 Santa Anita Derby (G1)) and Bodemeister (second in 2012 San Felipe (G2)). In his final work in preparation for Saturday’s race, Title Contender worked five furlongs in a sharp :59, in company with stablemate and Juvenile contender Power Broker. The pair was the fastest of 50 others going the distance that day at Santa Anita.

Monument will make his fifth start for trainer John Sadler and will be under the guidance of Santa Anita specialist, Joe Talamo, for the first time. He has three wins and finished second once. In his last start, the colt won the ungraded California Cup Juvenile, a 1 1/16 mile trip on the Santa Anita dirt. Monument hasn’t shown the speed as some others in the field, but if he can get the lead early, he may be able to slow the pace down to his own liking.

Rounding out the field are Speak Logistics, He’s Had Enough, Dynamic Sky, and Capo Bastone.

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is the eighth on Santa Anita’s Saturday Breeders’ Cup card with a scheduled post time of 5:36 p.m. EST. The race can be seen on HRTV, TVG, NBC Sports Network and will be streamed live at www.breederscup.com and on the Breeders’ Cup iPad and iPhone app.