Ruidoso Downs Race Track Hosts Breeders’ Cup Simulcast on Friday and Saturday

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships with $30 million in purses will be simulcast on Friday and Saturday in Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill.

Ruidoso Downs provides seating in the regular simulcast venue along with special seating available inside Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill.

Advance wagering on Saturday’s card begins on Friday.

There special doubles will be offered from a race on Friday to a race on Saturday. They are the Juvenile Fillies to the Longines Distaff, the Juvenile Turf to the Longines Turf and the TVG Juvenile to the Longines Classic.

Friday’s first race post time is 11:45 a.m. The first Breeders’ Cup race runs at 2:12 p.m.

Saturday’s first race post time is 11:07 a.m. The initial Breeders’ Cup race is set for 12:55 p.m.

The Friday program is Future Stars Friday with five Breeders’ Cup juvenile races on the card. The Championship Saturday program features $22 million in purses offered in nine Breeders’ Cup races, topped by the $6 million Longines Classic.

Owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, McKinzie is expect to receive favoritism in the Longines Classic at one-and-one-quarter miles. The four-year-old son of Street Sense won the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course and the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Mike Smith has ridden McKinzie in each of his 13 starts, with seven wins, however trainer Bob Baffert made a jockey change after McKinzie finished second in the Grade 1 Awesome Again stakes at Santa Anita Park in his most recent start. Joel Rosario will ride McKinzie in the Classic.

Smith, winner of 26 Breeders’ Cup races, then picked up the mount on Yoshida in the Classic.

William Farish’s three-year-old Code of Honor should be dangerous in the Longines Classic. He came on strong in the second half of 2019 by winning the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers Stakes and the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup for trainer Claude “Shug” McGaughey.

Roswell, New Mexico native Smith will also be aboard Fox Hill Farms Inc.’s Omaha Beach in the $1 million Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile.

Omaha Beach was on the Kentucky Derby trail earlier this year until he was discovered to have an entrapped epiglottis, an upper airway abnormality that can negatively impact performance. He had a successful minor surgical procedure and has returned to top form.

The Richard Mandella-trained Omaha Beach impressed in his latest start, the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs. After a troubled start, Omaha Beach rallied along the rail to gain a game head victory.

Before his surgery, Omaha Beach won a division of the Grade 1 Rebel Stakes at one-and-one-sixteenth mile and then the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at one-and-one-eighth mile, showing he can win at the highest level around two turns.

Klaravich Stables Inc. and William Lawrence’s Bricks and Mortar appears to be the horse to beat in the $4 million Turf Classic. The member of the George Strawbridge Jr. stable has won each of his five 2019 starts. The Giant’s Causeway son has Grade 1 wins in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, the Old Forester Turf Classic, the Manhattan Stakes and the Arlington Million. He also won the Grade 2 Muniz Memorial Handicap.

Owned by Bloom Racing Stable LLC, Madakat Stables LLC and Allen Racing LLC, Midnight Bisou should be the favorite in the $2 million Longines Distaff for fillies and mares.

Midnight Bisou has won each of her seven starts this year, all graded stakes. The Midnight Lute daughter trained by Steve Asmussen has 2019 Grade 1 wins in the Apple Blossom Handicap, the Ogden Phipps Stakes and the Personal Ensign Stakes.

Another member of the Asmussen stable, William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole, is headed to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at six furlongs.

Mitole comes off a win in the Grade 1 Forego Handicap over seven furlongs at Saratoga. The Eskendereya son also defeated McKinzie in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile at Belmont Park and won the Grade 1 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs.

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