2011 Breeders' Cup: Handicapping All Friday Cup Races

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2011 Breeders' Cup: Handicapping All Friday Cup Races
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The Breeders' Cup World Championships will start on Friday with the first six of the 15 races that make the series.

Championship Friday's feature race is the Ladies' Classic. And even without the top fillies in the division, it will provide plenty of incentive to watch. The Eclipse Award for the top three-year-old filly is on the line here.

The first day of Cup racing could also be known as Ladies' Friday. Five of the six Cup races are restricted to fillies and mares. The other, will be the first installment of the newest addition to the Championships, the Juvenile Sprint for two-year-olds. 

The hopes and dreams for the contenders' connections couldn't be any higher right now. All preparations are done, and for the trainers, all that is left to do is make sure nothing happens during the day and that horses are ready for post-time.

And for us, the fans and bettors, it's time to pick our winners. Friday seems to be a day for the favorites to win the Cup races, as they seem to be very solid bets.

Whether you like the big favorite, the mid-surprise, or the long shot, there are plenty of viable odds-on choices. Let's preview all the Cup races on Championship Friday.

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