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Breeders Cup Marathon Betting – Marathon Will Test the Endurance of the Best Horses

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 10/24/2011 5:51:24 PM

The accent will be on stamina obviously in the Marathon as the stout of the equine set will be asked to go a mile and three quarters for a purse of $500,000.

One of the first sports betting places to look for a winner is the runner Cease, who broke his maiden at Churchill and has only been out of the money once when hung 4 wide.

Far from disgraced in his first Graded effort in the mile and a quarter Hawthorne Gold Cup, he may have been moved too early in that race but he handles any kind of going and should be a handful. Cease is also in the right hands of quality horseman Al Stall Jr.

Trainer Bill Mott will likely saddle Birdrun, second in the Greenwood Cup Stakes at Philly in mid-July and a press and fade 6th in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in his last. Runner brings natural speed to the party and sometimes at these longer distances; the correct rider can lull his rivals to sleep by slowing it down on the lead.

In the exacta in 13 of 21 career, this guy could be a sports bet must use on a spread ticket.

The foil to Birdrun in Philly was A. U. Miner. Forced to steady in last year’s running of the Marathon, he has been lightly managed this year but the way he has drawn off at a mile and a half suggests he will adore the Marathon distance. He’s won at Churchill, has a nice turn of late foot and was just left with too much work to do in the Jockey Cup Gold Cup when rallying too late in the off going.

Giant Oak will have to find that killer instinct in a hurry. He has only won twice in the last 2 years but can rise to the occasion at times as he proved winning the Grade 1 Donn in his 2011 opener. Would love to see this Chris Block trainer reunited with his favorite pilot Shaun Bridgmohan, who was up for that last win.

This pro was asked for too much too early in his last race when tiring in the Hawthorne Gold Cup and needs to settle and make one belated run.

Afleet Again will be worth a glance at a price and could easily be talked into using this guy in the bottom half of the gimmicks.

One foreigner to keep an eye on is Galileo’s Choice, who was won three of 4 this year with a second. In the very good hands of Dermot Weld, this sportsbooks runner took a Group 3 in Ireland in early September and should have absolutely no problem with the distance.

Another from across the pond to think about in the exotics in the Marathon is Brigantin, trained by legendary Andre Fabre. He has only performed on grass so far but can run till the proverbial cows come home and he could get away on the tote.



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