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Homeracing

Longchamp post positions could offer insight into Breeders’ Cup performances

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TwinSpires Staff

October 31st, 2018

Enable readies for the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs (c) Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com

by Dick Powell

Seven of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races this weekend at Churchill Downs will be run on the turf. Some have raced at Longchamp in France in their most recent starts and the configuration of that course is very post-position dependent. Horses who draw outside rarely get over to save ground and usually race extremely wide or have to drop way back.

Knowing that, how does that help you since post positions are not included in the past performances? That is where I, your humble servant, comes in.

Below are the horses who raced recently at Longchamp, their post position, field size and a comment or two.

JUVENILE TURF SPRINT

HORSE

 

POST

 

FIELD SIZE

 

COMMENT

Soldier’s Call

 

post 4

 

16 runners

 

Straight five furlongs, not an issue

JUVENILE FILLIES TURF

HORSE

 

POST

 

FIELD SIZE

 

COMMENT

Lily’s Candle

 

 post 5

 

8 runners

 

Not an issue

JUVENILE TURF

HORSE

 

POST

 

FIELD SIZE

 

COMMENT

The Black Album

 

post 3

 

6 runners

 

Perfectly drawn

TURF SPRINT

HORSE

 

POST

 

FIELD SIZE

 

COMMENT

Lost Treasure

 

post 7

 

16 runners

 

Straight five furlongs, didn’t matter since he dwelt at the start

Havana Grey

 

post 1

 

16 runners

 

Straight five furlongs

FILLY & MARE TURF

HORSE

 

POST

 

FIELD SIZE

 

COMMENT

Wild Illusion

 

post 5

 

15 runners

 

Perfectly drawn

Princess Yaiza

 

post 3

 

6 runners

 

Perfectly drawn

Magic Wand

 

post 9

 

15 runners

 

Had to drop back and then rally for second

Athena

 

post 8

 

15 runners

 

Middle post didn’t help since she dwelt at the start

MILE

HORSE

 

POST

 

FIELD SIZE

 

COMMENT

One Master

 

post 15

 

15 runners

 

Remarkable wide rally gets up in time

Polydream

 

post 3

 

15 runners

 

Brutal trip while stuck in traffic

Expert Eye

 

post 8

 

11 runners

 

Quickly dropped back and got over to the rail

Gustav Klimt

 

post 2

 

15 runners

 

Dropped back and raced in traffic

TURF

HORSE

 

POST

 

FIELD SIZE

 

COMMENT

Talismanic

 

post 8

 

19 runners

 

Dropped back, no impact

Enable

 

post 6

 

19 runners

 

Perfect trip, lasted

Magical

 

post 16

 

19 runners

 

Dropped back to the rear, never recovered

Waldgeist

 

post 13

 

19 runners

 

Dropped back to the rear, rallied furiously

Hunting Horn

 

post 12

 

19 runners

 

Raced midpack, no impact

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