Jamie Rhodes, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Churchill Downs
- Breeders' Cup Weekend kicks off on Friday from Churchill Downs with five stakes races on NBCSN.
- The headliner is Race No. 9 which features a battle between the two of the best trainers in the world, Chad Brown and Bob Baffert.
The 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic is on Saturday, Nov. 3, but there’s a whole lot of world-class horse racing all weekend at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
The real action begins on Friday afternoon with five stakes races (Races 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9), with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
I’ve outlined my entire card for Breeders’ Cup Friday below. Good luck!
Race No. 5
This is a new race for 2018 — a 5-and-a-half furlong turf sprint for 2-year-olds.
I like No. 1 Strike Silver (4-1) in this race. He won on the turf at Churchill Downs his first time out. His trainer, Mark E. Casse, took him on the dirt in his second start and he just missed. Strike Silver’s last start was more impressive than his previous two as he came from dead-last to get the win.
Behind Strike Silver I like No. 5 Bulletin (10-1), No. 6 Moonlight Romance (12-1), and No. 8 Sergei Prokofiev (6-1).