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2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic Predictions: Expert Picks

Written by:
Ean Lamb
Published on:
Nov/05/2010
2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic Predictions

Here are some 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic predictions for Gambling911.com readers to chew on found across the Net from the most knowledgeable horse racing experts.

Where better to look for expert picks first than BloodHorse.com

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Regarding the big +150 favorite Zenyatta (payout $150 for every $100 bet or $15 for every $10 bet), Jason Shandler of Bloodhorse writes:

The top horses in this race relish dirt. And she(Zenyatta) will have to pass them on at a track that is very difficult to close on. At 8-5 or lower, I think she's a play against. Bottom of exotics, yes; To win, no. I hope that doesn't offend anyone. It's my money.

I've been back-and-forth on this race for a while now, but have finally landed on the horse I've liked since this time last season: Blame. There is nothing not to like about him. He has never run off the board in his career, he loves the track (3-for-4), he will get first run over Zenyatta at the pacesetters, has a world-class rider, has looked great in his works at Keeneland, and will be a nice price (I'm thinking 6 or 7-1). The Gold Cup, which was his first race at 10 furlongs, is not a problem for me. There was no pace for him to run at and he was still closing willingly at the end. It was a nice prep for him. I think he is the most logical winner.

The other horse I think makes sense is Lookin At Lucky. Like Blame, he is very consistent. He has still never run a bad race when he's gotten a fair trip. In person, he looks like a million bucks. The horse has blossomed since the early part of the year and is a man now.


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So what are Shandler’s 2010 Breeder’s Cup Classic predictions?

He likes Blame (paying $450 for every $100 bet at SBG Global or $45 for every $10 bet).

There is nothing not to like about him. He has never run off the board in his career, he loves the track (3-for-4), he will get first run over Zenyatta at the pacesetters, has a world-class rider, has looked great in his works at Keeneland, and will be a nice price (I'm thinking 6 or 7-1). The Gold Cup, which was his first race at 10 furlongs, is not a problem for me. There was no pace for him to run at and he was still closing willingly at the end. It was a nice prep for him. I think he is the most logical winner.

Lookin At Lucky, at the very least, should be considered as part of one’s trifecta perhaps.  Shandler writes of Lookin At Lucky (paying $60 on a $10 bet)

Like Blame, he is very consistent. He has still never run a bad race when he's gotten a fair trip. In person, he looks like a million bucks. The horse has blossomed since the early part of the year and is a man now.

The other source of useful information for betting on the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic would be the Daily Racing Form

They compiled a whole breakdown of how each contender looked during the final workout on Thursday.

This we find to be some of the most invaluable insight.


Haynesfield, ridden by Ramon A. Dominguez, captures The Count Fleet stakes at Aqueduct
 

Haynesfield: Jockey Club Gold Cup winner has consistently looked the part of a Classic winner the past couple of weeks. Was a handful just to settle early in his final prep, cruised home willingly, then did his best running in the gallop out when tugging his exercise rider through a 12.55 eighth-mile around the clubhouse turn. Major upset threat if allowed to relax on the lead once again in his present form.

First Dude: Nobody makes a better appearance than this strapping 3-year-old, who like stablemate Paddy O’Prado, gave every indication he just loves the local surface by the way he has been training these past 10 days. Will be a player from the outset.

Blame: Couldn’t have looked better in his final serious prep, a five-eighths drill at Keeneland, and has maintained that form since shipping over to Churchill Downs, where he has proceeded to put in a series of very solid gallops and a predictably easy half-mile breeze.

Zenyatta: She looked very happy and full of energy in her first two gallops since arriving from the West Coast and is giving every indication she will be ready to deliver her best one last time on Saturday.

Lookin At Lucky: Has really been on his toes and full of run in his first two local gallops since arriving from the West Coast and looks ready to deliver a career-best effort in the Classic. Showed his affinity for this racetrack six months earlier with a stellar, final Derby prep.

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- Ean Lamb, Gambling911.com

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