Order of Australia heads the field for the $750,000 Grade I Keeneland Turf Mile on Saturday, as he marches towards the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt headlines a field including Somelikeithotbrown, Monarch’s Glen and Ivar.
Horse racing betting markets are available for the Keeneland Turf Mile, and also the Breeders’ Futurity, which boasts an impressive field on Saturday as well.
European Eyes More Success
The son of Australia won the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Mile, and he looks set on returning for the double next month.
Order of Australia has since added the Grade II Minstrel Stakes at Curragh, before running fifth in the Sussex Stakes, third in the Prix Jacques and second in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.
Trainer Aiden O’Brien had targeted a return trip to the U.S. following his win at Curragh.
“He has plenty of speed and gets a mile well,” O’Brien told Bloodhorse. “He’s a horse to look forward to and can go to America later in the year.”
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Order of Australia arrived at Keeneland on October 5, and has since had light work in preparation for the Turf Mile. Assistant Kieran Murphy was on track to watch him do a light gallop throughout the week.
“That was what we call a steady canter,” Murphy said. “They went to the track Sunday morning back home.”
Having winning form in the Breeders’ Cup is tough to overlook. He’s the class horse of the field, and beating fellow European Circus Maximus was a stunning effort.
He couldn’t keep up with Golden Sixty in the Hong Kong Mile, but he didn’t jump well. If he jumps on terms with them on Saturday, he should prove tough to beat.
We expect the sportsbook to have Order of Australia firm in betting markets.
Stick with Defending Champion
Ivar won this race in 2020 when it was called the Shadwell Turf Mile, and despite running fourth behind Order of Australia in the Breeders’ Cup, he can overturn that result.
The 5-year-old son of Agnes Gold hasn’t won in two runs since his victory at Keeneland, but despite not having many miles in his legs, he always shows his best.
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Not much went right for him in the Turf Classic at Churchill Downs after missing the kick and being forced to come around runners. He should get a more economical trip in transit after getting post six.
The former Argentinian-based runner hasn’t done much wrong throughout his career, and despite a minor setback, bettors should be confident.
“He had a minor setback after that race, but he has been working steadily and never has missed work,” trainer Paulo Lobo said.
Double Thunder Back to Winning Ways
Double Thunder should prove hard to beat in the Breeders’ Futurity at Grade I level on Saturday.
The 2-year-old son of Super Saver has already had four starts for three wins, including last time out in the Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park.
He kicked off his career with a maiden win at Monmouth before winning the Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs. His placing in the Grade II Saratoga Special was better than it looked, so he should give bettors a good sight in the Futurity.
The Todd Pletcher-trained juvenile chased down a wayward American Sanctuary last start. He was strong to the line, so we expect betting online markets to have Double Thunder in the mix.
American Sanctuary could turn the tables, providing he runs straight. The son of American Freedom got lost when he found the front at Monmouth Park, but he was better when breaking maidens at Prairie Meadows.
Granted, the opposition he faced wasn’t strong, but his performance in the Sapling was encouraging.
Kevin’s Folly is No Joke
A winner on debut at Saratoga, Kevin’s Folly should get credit for finishing third in the Grade I Hopeful Stakes.
The son of Distorted Humor finished third behind Gunite, who has since finished down the track behind Jack Christopher in the Champagne Stakes, but the form should hold up well at this level.
Having Flavien Prat in the saddle helps, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see Kevin’s Folly fighting out the finish at Keeneland.