Breeders' Cup Odds: Betting Guide to Favorites and Dark Horses

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Breeders' Cup Odds: Betting Guide to Favorites and Dark Horses
The Breeders' Cup will again be held under the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains

The two-day spectacle of the Breeders' Cup World Championships is essentially a combination of Christmas and Super Bowl for the horse racing fan. With 14 championship deciding races and $26 million in purses on the line, there is something for everyone.

Wagering successfully on the Breeders' Cup can be a daunting task. The marquee event draws the very best of thoroughbred horse racing from across the world, and separating the legitimate favorites from the over-hyped buzz horses can be difficult. Every year, several dark horses emerge that make you inevitably go back through your notes and ask yourself "How did I miss that?". 

My handicapping preference tends to be turf races, particularly with juveniles. I chose to focus on some of the deepest grass races, along with high profile events like the Distaff and Classic. I went off of the master of the morning line, Mike Watchmaker's pre-entry odds from Daily Racing Forum.

Here are some likely favorites with solid chances to deliver on their short odds along with some live long shots to help improve your chances of cashing a ticket on the big day.

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