Breeders' Cup Post Positions: Complete Listings for the Breeders' Cup Classic

Thomas Boniface@tboniface89Correspondent INovember 2, 2012

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Alpha trains in preparation for the 2012 Breeder's Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 31, 2012 in Arcadia, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Every year the Breeders' Cup offers horse racing fans a weekend of exciting racing culminating with the Breeders' Cup Classic race. 

Each race offers the winners earnings in upwards of $500,000 in the first races to $5 million for the aforementioned Classic race at the end of the weekend.

That is some serious cash and serious incentive for winning the big one.

Here are the odds for each horse entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic race on Saturday.  Post positions are listed ahead of the horse.

1 Pool Play

2 Flat Out

3 Alpha
4 Fort Larned

5 Game On Dude
6 Brilliant Speed
7 Handsome Mike
8 Nonios
9 Richard's Kid
10 Ron The Greek
11 Mucho Macho Man
12 To Honor And Serve


The two favorites to win this race should be Flat Out in post No. 2 and Fort Larned in post No. 4 with 5-1 odds of winning apiece.  These two horses should push one another as they are only separated by one post.

Handsome Mike and Pool Play stand the lowest chance of pulling off an upset.  However, Pool Play is in a better position to pull off that upset because he is next to Flat Out who is one of the favorites to win.  That should push Pool Play to go much faster than he would if he was next to Handsome Mike or another slower horse.

Alpha has perhaps the best shot at pulling off an upset.  Sitting at 20-1 odds to win, he is situated between the two perennial favorites to win.  If Flat Out and Fort Larned jump out ahead of the pack, it will be interesting to see if Alpha can keep pace with them and potentially pull off an upset.

Be sure to watch out for the horses in posts No. 10-12, Ron the Greek, Mucho Macho Man and To Honor And Serve.  Each of them have pretty favorable odds at winning and are separated enough from the favorites Flat Out and Fort Larned that they could push each other to run much faster than they normally would and come up with a big win.

Brilliant Speed, Handsome Mike, Nonios and Richard's Kid are stuck in no man's land in the middle of the pack.  Each of these horses do not have favorable odds at winning and will likely end up finishing somewhere in the middle of the pack.  Their success depends on which set of outside lanes push harder and go faster than the others as the race moves on.