Breeders' Cup Picks: Horses You Need to Take This Weekend

Will Osgood@@BRwillosgoodAnalyst IOctober 30, 2012

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Ricahrd's Kid is lead to train in preparation for the 2012 Breeder's Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 30, 2012 in Arcadia, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Breeders' Cup Championships will begin on Friday, November 2 and continue on Saturday, November 3. Eight separate divisions will hold championships, plus five divisions in the ladies' field will crown champions this weekend at Santa Anita. In all, there will be 22 races over the two days. 

Here are the horses you should pick in each of the big races, based primarily on past performance: 

Classic Cup

Must-Take horse: Game On

Game On has raced five times at Santa Anita in 2012, and won all five times. What other evidence is needed? Also, his odds simply don't matter. Take him no matter what. 

Turf Division Sprint

Must-Take horse: Bridgetown

9-2 odds are far from horrible. Finding himself in the ninth post, Bridgetown is the clear favorite. He seemingly has every possible advantage. 

Juvenile Sprint

Must-Take horse: Super Ninety Nine

Though Merit Man is the presumptive favorite at 8-5, it is Super Ninety Nine gamblers would be wise to take a hit on. At 5-2 odds, the payout is obviously better. And he's undefeated under the training of Bob Baffert. 

Juvenile Turf

Must-Take horse: Balance The Books

Balance The Books has won twice in his career, both courtesy of jockey Julien Leparoux who will ride him in this race. At 8-1 odds and holding the eighth post, he is clearly the best bet in this race. Take him. 


Must-Take horse: Excelebration

Generally 2-1 odds do not get gamblers excited. But with Excelebration—widely renowned as the finest of the European horses shipped over for the World Championships—coming in as the second favorite, it's almost impossible not to bet him. 


Must-Take horse: Eldaafer

Though the seven-year-old Eldaafer is the veteran in this race, at 8-1 odds, he is not the favorite. That distinction belongs to Antigun at 9-2. Fame And Glory is right behind at 5-1. But the veteran, racing for the fourth time in this race, has the 10th position. That advantage could be enough to bring him home for the second time in this race. 


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