Breeders' Cup Post Positions: Best Slots Worth Betting on

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 04:  Royal Delta, riden by Jose Lezcano, crosses the finish line to win the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic during the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 4, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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I'm not sure what came first, horse racing or the bettor, but the two have a better marriage than anyone outside of the Taylors from Friday Night Lights

That relationship will certainly be on display this weekend, as horse racing's fourth-largest event, the Breeders' Cup, gets underway on Friday.

The Breeders' Cup, held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., has 15 different races over the course of two days and all lead up to the Breeders' Cup Classic, which carries a massive $5 million purse.

With so many races happening in such close quarters, Santa Anita will feel like paradise for the avid gambler.

For that reason, here is a look at the best bets for this weekend's slate of races.

(All odds are courtesy of Bovada.)

Royal Delta (9/4 in Ladies' Classic)

Guaranteeing a bet is just asking for a jinx, as evidenced by the fact Royal Delta suffered a skin-deep injury earlier this week.

Nonetheless, Royal Delta winning the Ladies' Classic is just about as close as you can come to a lock this weekend.

The four-year-old filly has been absolutely sensational this year, especially at the Beldame Stakes in New York, where she took victory by 9.5 lengths. That gave the filly her third victory of the year and puts her in line as a strong favorite for the main event of Friday night.

Despite a strong field, expect her hot streak to continue. Trainer William Mott has been working up to this moment throughout 2012 and Delta looks fully prepared to capture her second-straight victory in the Ladies' Classic.


 Lines of Battle (14/1 in Juvenile Turf)

Despite coming in as a relative long shot in the loaded 15-horse field, Lines of Battle may be the most underrated bet in this year's field.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Joseph O'Brien, the two-year-old colt has finished in the money in three of his four races, winning two of those contests.

In fact, there is very little overarching reason why Lines of Battle is such an underdog, according to the oddsmakers. Favorites George Vancouver and Noble Tune have fantastic pedigrees, but it's not like Lines of Battle is a slouch. 

Something tells me that the 14-1 odds will look awfully foolish come Saturday afternoon.


Shareta (5/1 in Turf)

A shocking ninth-place finish at Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe is likely all that's holding back Shareta from being the favorite on the turf Saturday.

Luckily for bettors, that means the four-year-old filly comes at a great value and should easily place in the money.

Before the disappointment in France, Shareta had finished no lower than third in her six races in 2012. Recapturing that momentum seems likely, especially considering fellow favorites St. Nicholas Abbey and Trailblazer having far more inconsistent seasons.

The turf is always one of the more exciting surfaces to watch at the Breeders' Cup and this year will be no different. Still, expect Shareta to live up to her early-season billing and nab the huge purse.