Breeders' Cup 2012: Picking the Favorites for Each Race

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 29, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 05: The field heads into turn one in the Breeders' Cup Mile during the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Breeders' Cup looks to feature some of the closest fields in recent memory, as each of the weekend's big-ticket races have at least a handful of candidates capable of taking home the title at Santa Anita Park.

Here's a look at the favorites for each of the Breeders' Cup's marquee events, including the turf, classic, mile and sprint races on November 2nd and 3rd.



It's always boring to pick the favorite, but when it comes to this year's Turf race, there's one horse that's a cut above the rest.

Point of Entry hasn't lost in five straight starts, so it's difficult to imagine that anyone else will unseat the heavy favorite, who Ladbrokes has at 5-2.

It's Point of Entry's race to lose, but Shareta and reigning Breeders' Cup champ St. Nicholas Abbey should be in the running as well.



The Classic race has a number of contenders in the running, including Flat Out and Mucho Macho Man, who are rated at 5-1 and 8-1, respectively.

However, the heavy favorite has to be Game On Dude, who is a clear-cut front-runner at 2-1. If he loses, it will be a major upset.



The Sprint race at the 2012 Breeders' Cup is wide open, as there is no clear favorite in the field.

Although Coli is pegged by Ladbrokes to be the favorite at 4-1 odds, don't discount Amazombie, the reigning Breeders' Cup Sprint champion. At 5-1, he's very much in contention.

Though Coli beat Amazombie in their most recent meeting, the 2011 champ is more than capable of repeating in Arcadia.



Wise Dan should run away with this one, if he's racing.

There's been word from Bovada that Wise Dan may take part in the Classic race instead, which he'd certainly contend for as well. Make no mistake, though, any other horse would have to give the race of a lifetime to knock Wise Dan off at the Mile.