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The path to the 2016 Breeders Cup is a road with plenty of ups and downs as talented racehorses vie for a spot in one of 13 championship races. Mitchell Schwartz Jersey . This blog provides a capsule look at three horses who are heating up on the Road to the Breeders Cup World Championships and three horses whose Breeders Cup chances are not quite as strong as they were a week or two ago.For this weeks edition, there were too many heating up candidates to choose from, so I focused on the three I believe have the best chance to make some serious noise in the Breeders Cup World Championships.Heating Up1. Lady Eli After finishing second in her first start in more than a year after overcoming life-threatening laminitis, Lady Eli showed on Oct. 8 that she was back at the top of her game when winning the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Lady Eli has tremendous finishing speed when shes at her best and she covered the final quarter-mile of the Flower Bowl in about 22-3/5 seconds, which is impressive for that distance. With a 117 Equibase Speed Figure in her return and a 118 for the Flower Bowl, Lady Eli could be poised to run a huge race in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf in what would be a fitting cap on one of the great comeback stories in the sports long history.2. Classic Empire I thought highly of Classic Empire before he ran in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes and dumped his rider at the start. He rebounded as Id expected in the Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders Futurity, but I have to admit he was even better than Id anticipated. The bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile stalked the pace while very wide early, took charge entering the stretch at Keeneland Race Course and pulled away effortlessly to win by three lengths in a 12-horse field. He posted a 105 Equibase Speed Figure earlier this summer when winning the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes from off the pace at Churchill Downs, but that was at three-quarters of a mile. He looked plenty good when stretching out to 1-1/16 miles for the Breeders Futurity and the 103 speed figure further suggests hell be a major player in the Sentient Jet Breeders Cup Juvenile.3. Miss Temple City This was the toughest final spot that Ive faced since I started writing this blog. Ultimately, I went with Miss Temple City because shes been consistently very fast and defeated males in a Grade 1 race for the second time this season on Oct. 8 in the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes. It also helped that the expected Breeders Cup Mile favorite, Tepin, finished a well-beaten second in the First Lady, which perhaps opened the door a crack for the Mile on Nov. 5. In four U.S. races this year, Miss Temple City has recorded Equibase Speed Figures of 123, 115, 114, and 114, respectively, and in her European race she ran well to finish fourth in a Group 1 race at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting. You have to respect a horse who gives her all every race, and I expect Miss Temple City to be right there with a shot to win in the stretch of the Breeders Cup Mile.Honorable MentionsPhoto Call delivered a brilliant effort in winning the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes over Tepin. I considered her for the final spot based on a huge 128 Equibase Speed Figure, but I expect shell face more pressure up front in the Breeders Cup Mile and consistency has not been her game. There also were quite a few impressive 2-year-olds last weekend. Practical Joke won the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes over a very game Syndergaard and Yellow Agate took the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park. Both figure to be viable candidates to win on Breeders Cup day, Practical Joke in the Sentient Jet Juvenile and Yellow Agate in the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies. Practical Joke is not nominated to the Breeders Cup and would need to be nominated for $100,000 to compete in the World Championships. Dancing Rags and Keep Quiet punched their tickets to the Breeders Cup World Championships in style at Keeneland in the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades and Grade 3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes, respectively. Expect to see Dancing Rags in the Juvenile Fillies and Keep Quiet in the Juvenile Turf.Cooling Down1. Nonna Mela Coming off a pair of dominant victories by a combined margin of 13-1/4 lengths, including a six-length runaway in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes, and with a nice pedigree, I expected Nonna Mela to handle the competition in the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes on Oct. 8. By Arch out of a full sister to 2006 Haskell Invitational Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up Bluegrass Cat, she looked like an ideal candidate to to improve as the distances got longer, but she came up empty when fourth, beaten by 10-3/4 lengths. She didnt have the cleanest of trips, bobbling at the start before dueling for the lead, but I would have liked to have seen a little more tenacity in the stretch.2. Mondialiste Mondialiste didnt run an absolute clunker in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes on Oct. 8, but he definitely took a step back with a fourth-place finish that followed a victory in the Grade 1 Arlington Million Stakes. In his final prep for the Breeders Cup Mile, a race in which he finished second to Tepin a year ago, Mondialiste needed to win to give me confidence he can run as well as he did a year ago. I dont think the very firm turf he can expect out in Southern California suits him as well as the lush grass in at Woodbine in Canada, at Arlington Park and at Keeneland Race Course, where hes run his best races in the U.S. over the last two years. Mondialiste is a terrific racehorse, dont get me wrong, I just needed to be convinced he was sitting on a pinnacle performance to give him a big shot in this years Mile. Fourth, beaten by a length and a half, was not that type of performance.3. Stonetastic For those of you expecting to see Tepin here, she actually ran a very credible race and it took a monster effort to beat her. Instead, I went with Stonetastic. Shes another runner who didnt disgrace herself in any way in finishing second in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, but I didnt like how she packed it in when challenged by Irish Jasper in the Keeneland stretch on Oct. 8 as the 11-10 favorite. Stonetastic is a filly capable of really big races, but shes susceptible when she faces pressure from another runner or two with early speed. Shell almost certainly face plenty of other speed horses in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, and I needed to see a little more resolve in the stretch of the TCA Stakes to have confidence in the Breeders Cup. The drop from a 112 Equibase Speed Figure in her previous race to a 99 also does not inspire confidence.For more stories like this check out Americas Best Racing. Eric Fisher Jersey . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. Cameron Erving Jersey .C. -- Calgarys Kevin Koe did it the hard way again. http:///...s-peters-jersey.html . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. NEW YORK -- It took almost eight innings for the San Diego Padres to squeeze out their first hit Sunday, and only when Alexei Ramirezs sharp grounder barely stayed fair.If not for that, who knows?Steven Matz carried a no-hit bid into the eighth and the New York Mets beat the Padres 5-1 to win consecutive games for the first time in more than five weeks.I could tell he had a feel for just about everything today, San Diego manager Andy Green said. Hes down 3-1 in a few counts, hes flipping in curveballs. Fastball up, life through the zone. He was down when he wanted to be; he located well. We didnt do much of anything against him and I dont think until Alexei hit that ball we really squared anything up at all. So I think it was just one of those days where he was substantially better than us.Ramirez slapped a one-out single just inside first base on Matzs 105th and final pitch in 96-degree heat at Citi Field. The ball appeared to skip right over the bag, and first base umpire Carlos Torres quickly called it fair.Guess it was a coin flip, Mets second baseman Neil Walker said. He absolutely had no-hit stuff today. You could tell that early in the game. ... Hell have another shot at it.Walker and Wilmer Flores each hit a solo homer off lefty Clayton Richard (0-2) as San Diego began its shift to a six-man rotation during a stretch of 16 games between off days.As the game went on, I got a little bit better, said Richard, a former backup quarterback at Michigan who was a regular starter for the Padres from 2009-13. I felt good pretty much all the way through.Richard allowed two runs over five innings in his first major league start since Aug. 2, 2015, for the Chicago Cubs.I couldnt ask for anything more, Green said. He was outstanding.Facing the Padres for the first time, Matz (9-8) earned just his second victory in nine decisions over his past 14 starts.The 25-year-old lefty, a hometown favorite who grew up about 50 miles from Citi Field, struck out eight and walked two. Mixing his 94-95 mph fastball with a sharp curve, he fanned All-Star slugger Wil Myers all three times.I think he just had everything working for him today, RRamirez said through an interpreter. Steven Nelson Jersey. Everything was moving.The lone Mets pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Johan Santana in June 2012 against St. Louis.San Diego is the only major league team without one.Struggling to stay close in the wild-card race, the Mets (59-58) took two of three in the series. The defending NL champions hadnt strung together two wins since July 6-7 against Miami and Washington.The Mets added three insurance runs in the eighth, when Jose Reyes scored on a wild pitch and rookie T.J. Rivera -- another New York product playing for his hometown team -- hit a two-run double for his first career RBI.Addison Reed and Gabriel Ynoa finished the four-hitter. Ynoa yielded Yangervis Solartes run-scoring single in the ninth, but the Padres fell to 10-28 in day games.Before Ramirezs single, the closest the Padres came to a hit was Solartes line drive right back to Matz with two outs in the fourth. Matz put up his glove and almost casually caught the ball before Solarte slammed down his bat in frustration.The only thing on my mind was getting outs, Matz said.MAYBE THIS MIGHT WORKPadres leadoff man Travis Jankowski, who struggles against left-handed pitching, tried to bunt for a hit with a runner on first and two outs in the sixth. Jankowski missed his attempt for strike one and grounded out to end the inning.TRAINERS ROOMPadres: Rookie 2B Ryan Schimpf was rested but wont sit out against every lefty, Green said. Schimpf had a pinch-hit single off Reed in the eighth and stayed in the game. ... CF Jon Jay (broken right forearm) is scheduled to have another CT scan Monday in California, and the team hopes he will be cleared to begin swinging a bat. ... ... RHP Colin Rea (right elbow) does not have a date for surgery yet. He will see noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, Green said.UP NEXTPadres: RHP Luis Perdomo (5-6, 6.80 ERA) starts Monday night at Tampa Bay as San Diego begins the final leg of its nine-game road trip. LHP Drew Smyly (4-11, 5.04) goes for the Rays. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '