Fields are not set, post positions are not drawn, I have not seen the horses up close and personal yet on site at Santa Anita, and wagers obviously are far from finalized. Having said all this, the majority of handicapping is done for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup. With the pre-entries being announced yesterday (how much fun is that day every year?) I feel prepared enough to release my list of the 15 horses I believe destined to stroll into the Breeders’ Cup winner’s circle on November 2 & 3. Sure there is still a lot of work to be done, but I know these horses. I should after all; I’ve been following them 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Couple that with twenty-nine years of ‘capping the Breeders’ Cup, and I would humbly say to discount these selections at your own risk.
Stay tuned on ZATT for any changes with my top picks, and much more on wagering strategies (I plan on zeroing in on the rolling pick-3’s this year.) You can bet that all of the horses below, unless scratched, will be included on those tickets. Also, look for contender stories, on-site info, and much, much more. Eight more days until the Breeders’ Cup … are you ready???
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint – Beholder (9-5)
Breeders’ Cup Marathon – Not Abroad (15-1)
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf – Spring Venture (6-1)
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf –The Fugue (9-2)
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf – Artigiano (8-1)
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint – Groupie Doll (7-5)
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile – Jersey Town (5-1)
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint – Mizdirection (12-1)
Breeders’ Cup Turf – Trailblazer (15-1)
Breeders’ Cup Sprint – Emcee (4-1)
Breeders’ Cup Mile – Wise Dan (2-1)
*Note the odds above are my own personal estimation on what their odds will be on race day.