Breeders Cup Mile Preview: Wise Dan Vs. Excelebration
The Breeders’ Cup Mile has become one of the most exciting of the Breeders’ Cup races every year. Europeans have won three out of the last four editions of this race, due to the unbelievable Goldikova, whose devastating kick was a sight to be seen. There is no Goldikova in this year’s edition, but there are plenty of very talented horses and story lines in this year’s race.
Horse of the Year may be on the line for Wise Dan, who has crushed his American competition this year. Excelebration has credentials every bit as good as Wise Dan’s and is Europe’s leading hope in bringing the title back to Europe after an American, Court Vision, was an upset winner in last year’s edition. Last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and this year’s Arlington Million winner Little Mike add further intrigue to this race. And do not sleep on Moonlight Cloud who is 3 for 5 this year, beaten only by the 22 for 22 Australian Black Caviar and narrowly by Excelebration in a troubled trip. Moonlight Cloud is also trained by Freddy Head, the same man who saddled Goldikova. Here is an in-depth comparison of the two leading contenders for the race, the American, Wise Dan and the European, Excelebration.