JUVENILE FILLIES (Race 4)
Post time: 3 p.m.; Distance: 11/16 miles; Purse: $2 million; Forecast: Mostly sunny, high near 70
ALLURING STAR ((No. 9, 6-1) won her debut at this track and then held on for second in the Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita on Sept. 30. Daughter of Exchange Rate is trained by Bob Baffert and had a nice 5-furlong workout Sunday. Ridden by Joe Talamo, she might be hard to catch with just a little improvement.
MOONSHINE MEMORIES (No. 7, 7-2) is undefeated in three starts, including the Chandelier and two races at Del Mar. Flavien Prat rides the logical favorite for trainer Simon Callaghan.
HEAVENLY LOVE (No. 1, 9-2) should get a good trip from the rail with Julien Leparoux aboard. Another Grade 1 winner from Malibu Moon, who sired Moonshine Memories as well.
TURF SPRINT (Race 5)
Post time: 3:35 p.m.; Distance: 6 furlongs; Purse: $1 million
BUCCHERO (No. 11, 12-1) ran down a loose leader to win the Grade 2 Woodford at Keeneland last month at odds of 26-1. Indiana-bred son of Kantharos is at the top of his game and could pull off another upset from just off the pace. Jockey Fernando De La Cruz and trainer Tim Glyshaw, both based in the Midwest, are very capable of competing at this level.
DISCO PARTNER (No. 1, 9-2) has won four of five starts this year and should be finishing fast again. Likes to run wide, so the post could be a slight problem in this field of 12. But Irad Ortiz Jr. has a knack for working out good trips and Christophe Clement does some of his best training with turf runners.
LADY AURELIA (No. 3, 5-2) always puts forth a good effort but has not raced since a second-place finish in Great Britain more than two months ago. John Velazquez rides this 3-year-old filly for Wesley Ward. She has beaten the boys before and could do it again.
FILLY & MARE SPRINT (Race 6)
Post time: 4:10 p.m.; Distance: 7 furlongs; Purse: $1 million
UNIQUE BELLA (No. 11, 9-5) has won five consecutive races starting with a 10-length victory at this track. With Mike Smith riding for Jerry Hollendorfer, she might be the one single in multi-race bets. Daughter of Tapit, trying to become the first 3-year-old to win this race, always widens her advantage through the stretch.
FINLEY'SLUCKYCHARM (No. 9, 6-1) showed some versatility in latest effort, coming from off the pace to win a Grade 2 race at Keeneland. Could be in the right spot if the top choice happens to falter.
CARINA MIA (No. 1, 12-1) has consistently run well against Grade 1 competition. Might close for a share if the inside post doesn't hamper her.
FILLY & MARE TURF (Race 7)
Post time: 5 p.m.; Distance: 11/8 miles; Purse: $2 million
LADY ELI (No. 9, 5-2) is having another outstanding year after just missing in this race last November. Five-year-old mare, ridden by Irad Ortiz, has never been worse than second in 13 lifetime starts. Though she has not raced since her victory at Saratoga in August, Chad Brown appears to have her ready based on a series of solid breezes at Belmont Park. Settles in midpack early, accelerates turning for home and takes command in the final furlong.
WAR FLAG (No. 1, 12-1) won the Flower Bowl last month in her best U.S. effort yet. Trained by Shug McGaughey, she always makes a good late run and should do so again under Jose Ortiz.
AVENGE (No. 12, 8-1) is 2-for-3 at Del Mar and is coming off a Grade 1 win at Santa Anita.
SPRINT (Race 8)
Post time: 5:35 p.m.; Distance: 6 furlongs; Purse: $1.5 million
MIND YOUR BISCUITS (No. 6, 6-1) rallied for third in the 2016 BC Sprint and was placed second after a disqualification. Son of Posse disappointed in the Forego at Saratoga but should be closing fast with so much speed lined up in a field of 10. Looked very sharp in a 3-furlong breeze Monday. Joel Rosario rides for Chad Summers.
DREFONG (No. 2, 5-2) won the Forego four weeks after dumping Mike Smith when he ducked in shortly after the start of the Bing Crosby at Del Mar. Breaking from Post 2 again, defending champion will be very tough as long as he stays the course. Colt trained by Bob Baffert has six wins in eight tries, including a maiden victory at this track.
TAKAFUL (No. 7, 5-1) should be right with Drefong early and was very game in winning the Grade 1 Vosburgh Sept. 30 at Belmont.
MILE (Race 9)
Post time: 6:15 p.m.; Distance: 1 mile (turf); Purse: $2 million
RIBCHESTER (No. 10, 7-2) has won some big races overseas and loves this distance. Nice tracking style gives him a slight edge in this field of 14. Irish-bred colt is ridden by William Buick, one of Europe's top jockeys.
HEART TO HEART (No. 2, 6-1) will be prominent from the start under Leparoux. Son of English Channel is a six-time winner at a mile.
SUEDOIS (No. 8, 6-1) came over from Europe and rallied to beat Heart to Heart in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland Oct. 7.
JUVENILE (Race 10)
Post time: 6:55 p.m.; Distance: 1 1/16 miles; Purse: $2 million
FREE DROP BILLY (No. 5, 5-1) is coming off a Grade 1 victory at Keeneland, his fourth good race in as many starts. Son of Union Rags is trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Robby Albarado, who chose this one over Hollywood Star. Should be finishing with good energy again.
U.S. NAVY FLAG (No. 1, 8-1) seeks his fourth straight win in his first U.S. start. Ryan Moore rides for Aidan O'Brien, so this son of War Front could be very tough. Distance may be an issue and this is his first try on dirt.
SOLOMINI (No. 2, 6-1) won at Del Mar in his debut and was second to Bolt d'Oro in latest. Baffert-trained colt should get a ground-saving trip under Flavien Prat.
TURF (Race 11)
Post time: 7:35 p.m.; Distance: 11/2 miles; Purse: $4 million
BEACH PATROL (No. 12, 4-1) didn't need to validate his Arlington Million victory, but he did just that with an easy score in Belmont's 11/2-mile Turf Classic Invitational. Son of Lemon Drop Kid continues to train well and finished second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on this course last December. Jockey/trainer combo of Rosario and Brown certainly adds to the appeal.
FANCIFUL ANGEL (No. 10, 12-1), also trained by Brown, ran second to Beach Patrol in both recent starts. Irad Ortiz stays aboard.
HIGHLAND REEL (No, 3, 5-1) led all the way in this race last year. A repeat performance would not be a surprise.
CLASSIC (Race 12)
Post time: 8:35 p.m.; Distance: 11/4 miles; Purse: $6 million
ARROGATE (No. 1, 2-1) is listed as the second choice, but he will most likely go off as the favorite despite the two defeats at Del Mar. Highly acclaimed son of Unbridled's Song was being compared to some all-time greats after his sensational victory in the Dubai World Cup. Now Baffert has him back on track, using a series of superb workouts to get him ready for the race that will clinch Horse of the Year. Look for Smith to keep him close to the pace before letting him roll through the lane.
WEST COAST (No. 8, 6-1) might be second best among Baffert's quartet (which also includes Mubtaahij and Collected). Five-race winning streak for this speedy 3-year-old sired by Flatter includes a dominant performance in the Travers. Javier Castellano replaces Smith in the saddle.
GUN RUNNER (No. 5, 9-5) has won three in a row easily since finishing second to Arrogate in Dubai. Trainer Steve Asmussen is confident, but a mile and a quarter might be a little too far for this colt. Has a chance if Florent Geroux can conserve his energy.
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