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Southern California is again the destination for horsemen around the world Friday and Saturday, as the 31st annual Breeders’ Cup Thoroughbred Championships will be contested at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. This is the third year running that the 13 races will be held at the venerable track, though with one less race this year. The Marathon was dropped from Friday’s card, leaving four races for Friday afternoon (and evening, if you live in the Eastern and Central time zones) and nine for Saturday.

More than $26 million will be up for grabs in the 13 races; each race has a guaranteed purse of at least $1 million. There are more than 30 European horses who have invaded to try to get their share of the pie, as well. Many casual observers would be surprised to know of the star power that is involved with these races. Many celebrities with ties to the rest of the sports world are involved with horse ownership. Some familiar names include sports talk show host Jim Rome (Shared Belief), Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk (Leigh Court), former England soccer striker Michael Owen (Brown Panther), Denver Broncos wideout Wes Welker (Undrafted) and University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino (Goldencents).

Michael Dempsey, a professional handicapper and friend of mine, had this to say earlier this week.

“There will be plenty of talk about the high-profile horses in the Breeders’ Cup, like the undefeated Shared Belief, the 7-5 morning-line favorite for the Classic, and Goldencents, the defending champion in the Dirt Mile and the 6-5 morning-line favorite.

However, when the best horses from around the world get together, anything can happen. In the Dirt Mile, the last six betting favorites have finished out of the money, and the average payoff for the winner was $29.

In the Classic, the average payoff for a $2 wager is $28, and just one of the last eight winners has paid less than $10.”

Sounds like compelling enough reasons to bet, don’t you think? Check out this link, I did previews for all 13 races> for more information on the 31st Breeders’ Cup races!

The Rex Factor has been betting the horses since he was pre-pubescent. He started going to Churchill Downs regularly at age 13 and loves the Breeders’ Cup and all of its great betting opportunities.

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