Breeders' Cup Odds: Long Shots Worth Taking a Chance on

Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 3, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 05: The field of the Breeders' Cup Classic races down the front stretch during the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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As usual, the second day of the 2012 Breeders' Cup looks to have a number of races featuring clear-cut favorites, but not without a healthy dose of long-shot underdogs capable of bringing home a title.

These are the horses worth taking a chance on, because when they do win, the payday that comes with a victory more than compensates for the scores of contenders who fall short.

Here's a look at some of Saturday's non-favorites worth taking a flier on.



Listed at 6-1 by Ladbrokes, Trailblazer is far from a favorite in the Turf race, as St Nicholas' Abbey is expected to run rampant on the competition on Saturday.

A Japanese import, Trailblazer appears to be on the verge of something great, and he's got a fantastic opportunity to make a name for himself at the 2012 Breeders' Cup.


Mucho Macho Man

No, 8-1 odds for Mucho Macho Man aren't nearly as long as some of the other contenders in the Classic race on Saturday, but considering how heavily favored Game On Dude (9-5) is, if anyone else takes the title in the $5 million race, it'll be a major upset. 

A winner at four of his six starts on the year, Mucho Macho Man appears to be the only horse capable of taking Game On Dude down. Although he certainly isn't a co-favorite at this stage, he's being ridden by a Hall of Famer in Mike Smith, so an upset could be in the making.


Belle of the Hall

In the Filly Mare Spring, at 25-1 odds, Belle of the Hall is the definition of a long shot. That being said, she hasn't had the opportunity to race against top-flight opponents and Saturday could be the coming-out party for the three-time stakes winner.