By My Standards must raise his game in Classic – Press Enterprise
By My Standards has won three Grade II stakes this year for trainer Bret Calhoun, but he’ll have to step up his game Saturday at Keeneland if he wants to take home all the marbles in one of the deepest Breeders’ Cup Classics in recent years.
Along with the Bob Baffert-trained trio of Improbable (the 5-2 morning-line favorite), Maximum Security and Authentic, Tiz the Law is among the 10 horses entered, along with Tom’s d’Etat. That talented quintet has accumulated 10 Grade I victories this year.
By My Standards, a 4-year-old Goldencents colt, won last year’s Louisiana Derby and ran 12th in the Kentucky Derby, after which he was given the rest of the year off before resurfacing in an optional claimer at the Fair Grounds in February.
He’s won four of six with two seconds in 2020, and heads into the $6 million Classic off a 1 3/4-lengths victory in the Grade II Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs on Sept. 4.
“It’s hard to be super confident going into these races,” Calhoun said. “All I can base it on is how he’s doing, and he’s doing extremely good. Every day’s been a great day for him. Now he’s just gotta be good enough. I’ve always thought he was, and we’ll find out Saturday.”
By My Standards is 10-1 on the morning line and drew the No. 3 post position for the 1 1/4-mile race.
Jockey Junior Alvarado, in search of his first Breeders’ Cup victory, will be aboard 8-1 shot Horologist for trainer Bill Mott as he tries to defeat the talented tandem of Monomoy Girl and Swiss Skydiver in Saturday’s $2 million Distaff.
Alvarado is not lacking in confidence.
“I feel really good about her,” he said. “She ran a big race at Belmont (victory in the Grade II Beldame). I know it’s a good race, but I have a lot of confidence in her and I think she could be one of my best chances on Saturday.”
Alvarado is scheduled to ride five horses on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup.
The right track
Undefeated Girl Daddy, 6-1 on the morning line for Friday’s Juvenile Fillies, had her final breeze for the Breeders’ Cup on Oct. 30 at Churchill Downs. Trainer Dale Romans plans to just gallop the Uncle Mo filly and his other three Breeders’ Cup horses over the Keeneland surface this week.
“I feel horses need to have a work over some tracks before they run, but I don’t think Keeneland is that kind of track,” Romans said. “Plus, they are living in their home at Churchill and I have all of my staff there.”