- John Velazquez has been booked to ride Araafa in the Breeders Cup Mile, and that's apparently worth a point in the odds.
As a result, Stan James has shortened the Irish 2000 Guineas hero, trimming the three-year-old in to 5-1 from 6-1.- Breeders Cup officials expect overflow entries for seven of the eight races, with the exception of the Turf, which has suffered from several European defections. Rush Bay is said to be a last minute entry.
Neil Morrice, on-course and media representative, said: “Araafa’s ability to lie up with the pace and attain a handy position should stand him in good stead in the Mile and in John Velazquez his connections have snapped up the best man in the business.
“It would not surprise us to see across-the-board support for the colt when the news gets around.” [Irish Online]