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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.

Sprint (2:25)

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.

Distaff (3:00)

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.

Juvenile (4:10)

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.

Turf (4:50)

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.

Classic (5:35)

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.

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