Our editor who stinks at handicapping shares his Breeders' Cup picks [Breeders' Cup]

Zach Everson


Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Lots of ponies look good in this one. Regally Ready (8) and Caracortado (13) appear to be locks to win. but the odds aren't great. I like the 25-1 Rapport (9) though: great works and set to improve in his second race back after a layoff.

$2 win, place, show on 9: Cost of wager: $6

Kay-rap. Rapport went out fast which is what you want in a sprint, but, as seems to be the case often with my ponies, looks like he got shot down the homestretch.

Profit/loss for the Breeders' Cup: -$62.40


Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Nine-horse field in this one with a co-favorites coming in off the inside spots. The Factor (1, 7-2 odds) appears to have struggled of late, weakening in his last race, which was just six furlongs. His last time running a mile or more was in April, in what was his worst race since his first.

The Dale Roman-trained Shackleford (2), however, looks like a good bet: bullet workout on Oct. 29, and a second in his last race, the 1 1/16-mile Indiana Derby. He also did well at this track in the Derby, placing fourth in the 19-horse field. And everytime I bet against him, he wins.

Wilburn (5) has won his last three races, although only one was a graded stakes race, although in that race he beat Shackleford (see previous paragraph).

Jeresy Town (7) has hit the board in every race he's entered, which includes eight straight graded stakes races.

Caleb's Posse (8) beat Uncle Mo back in August. His last race wasn't as fast, but still.

The 9, Trappe Shot, also has put up some impressive speed figures. of late.

So, yep, it's a nine-horse race and I like five of them...

The wager (no suspense, I'm going back to the Grey Goose suite):

$0.50 trifecta 2, 5 / 2, 5, 8, 9 / 1, 2, 5-9. Cost of wager: $15

Gambling tip: When I bet on Shackleford he loses, when I don't bet on Shackleford, he wins. I just bet on Shackleford.

Profit/loss for the Breeders' Cup: -$77.40


Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf

Lots of European horses in this race, which can be confusing. Of course, the careful reader knows almost every horse has been confusing me this weekend.

The long shot I like is Teaks North (5). Currently he's at 19-1. He's coming off a layoff, but the last time he did that he came back to win a Grade 1.

$3 win, place, show on Teaks North. Cost of wager: $9.


Profit/loss for the Breeders' Cup: -$89.40

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