Everybody likes to shoot for the Pick Seven on Breeders' Cup Day. But this year the Happy Handicapper's going to give his bankroll a break, except for a $2 ticket on his top selections.
Instead, he's going to bet $6 a race to box his top three selections in the exactas. And if any of his top three selections are going off at over 10-1, he's going to also buy a win ticket.
Here's how he sees "Racing's Biggest Day" with program number, jockey and morning line odds:
Juvenile Fillies (1:50 p.m.)
7-Dunbar Hill (Chris McCarron, 10-1): Front-runner stumbled at the start of her last race but still got to the lead of the mile contest, won it by 6 lengths and -- this is the important part -- traveled the last quarter mile in 25 seconds.
11-Hidden Reserve (John Velasquez, 10-1): The most "dosage points" any horse can have is 64. This Ogden Mills Phipps-bred daughter of Mr. Prospector has 62. Sixty-two!
1-City Band (Shane Sellers, 6-1): How many fillies in this race have won at the 1 1/1 6-mile distance while negotiating two turns? The answer is City Band (part of the D. Wayne Lukas trained Overbrook Farm entry with Cheyenne City) and Barbed Wire, No. 9.
5-Lit De Justice (Corey Nakatani, 6-1): "Skunk," as the white-tailed speedball is called by trainer Jenine Sahadi, hasn't raced since Aug. 17. The 63-day layoff is the longest in a race that often has been won by horses coming off long vacations. (Last year's winner, Desert Stormer, had been away 76 days.)
4-Iktamal (William Ryan, 20-1): At 42 days, he's the second-longest layoff. Other than that, nothing about him makes sense. He's a European grass runner making his dirt debut. He's a sprinter sired by a Belmont Stakes winner (Danzig Connection). And the jockey says he's "never been west of Dublin." Ah, the logic of illogic.
7-Boundless Moment (Kent Desormeaux, 20-1): Been away 35 days, he's strictly a stab. But he did beat Lit de Justice two races back.
5-My Flag (Jerry Bailey, 9-2): Last year's Juvenile Fillies winner was third to Editor's Note and Skip Away in the Belmont Stakse. Those aren't bad credentials.
1-Jewel Princess (Nakatani, 3-1): Her 116 Beyer rating at this 1 1/8 -mile distance in her second race back is the highest in the field.
4-Serena's Song (Gary Stevens, 2-1): She may be a little overraced with 13 starts, but there's no way she can be worse than third in here.
9-Spinning World (Cash Asmussen, 6-1): The experts all think Mark of Esteem (Lanfranco Dettori, 8-5) is going to run away with this European-style event. But the winner is going to be another horse from across the pond.
13-Dumaani (Julie Krone, 20-1): Didn't the jockey used to be famous? Krone's comeback could start here. Won last under today's weight of 126 pounds.
10-Same Old Wish (Sellers, 20-1): Closed like a train to win the Kelso Handicap, beating Mile foes Da Hoss, Volochine and Mighty Forum.
6-Ordway (Velazquez, 2-1): Did you see him win the Champagne Stakes? It was awesome.
3-Gold Tribute (Stevens, 6-1): Look for him to lead and tire. But it's still going to take some running to knock him out of the money.
5-Gun Fight (Pat Day, 20-1): This colt walked past the H.H. in the stable area Thursday morning and gave him the look.
1X-Singspiel (Stevens, 9-5): He won the Canadian International here last month and is said to relish running over soft turf.
7-Pilsudski (Walter Swinburn, 6-1): Second in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
9-Awad (McCarron, 4-1): Always running late. Always coming just a little bit short. But today the last turn is downhill and it will give him that added gravity boost.
1A-Atticus (Nakatani, 6-1): They're off, he's gone. Trainer Richard Mandella can fly back to California without a plane.
1-Dare And Go (Alex Solis, 6-1): The only horse in Canada this weekend ever to have beaten Cigar in the United States. Part B of Team Mandella.
6-Cigar (Bailey, 4-5): Much as everybody would like to see the champ go out in a blaze of glory, this race is not for 6-year-olds and not for repeaters. And not at 4-5. Happy retirement, Big Fella.