Kelvin Kuo, USA Today Sports.
- Looking for betting picks for Friday's Breeders' Cup races? You've come to the right place.
- Jeremy Pond analyzes all five of Friday's stakes races to help you finalize your bets.
The 2019 Breeders’ Cup, a 14-race showcase spanning two days at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Ca., begins Friday, with five stakes races. Opening things will be the Juvenile Turf Sprint for 2-year-olds, with a 4:12 p.m. EST scheduled post time.
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Racing continues with Saturday’s nine-race card, highlighted by the $6 million Classic that will feature the best 3-year-old horses and older. The Classic is slated to go off at an estimated post time of 8:44 p.m. to close the festivities.
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Coverage will be featured both days on NBCSN, with the Classic being aired Saturday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.
Here are my Friday plays at the Breeders’ Cup:
Race No. 5: Juvenile Turf Sprint
4:12 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Trainer Wesley Ward brings unbeaten No. 9 Four Wheel Drive (3-1) and I like him to take the opener. I am playing Four Wheel Drive across the board on win, place and show wagering, then boxing him in exactas with European invaders No. 2 Band Practice (12-1), No. 6 Alligator Alley (12-1) and No. 10 A’Ali (6-1).
The Picks: 9-10-6-2
Race No. 6: Juvenile Turf
4:52 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story had listed No. 5 Vitalogy as a pick for Race 6. Vitalogy has since been scratched and the story reflects the change.
This is one of the deepest, strongest fields on the card and I am looking to beat the favorite No. 12 Arizona, who checks in at 5-2 odds.
That said, I am going with No. 2 Structor (5-1), who will be ridden by jockey Jose Ortiz. I am playing Structor across the board, then boxing him with Arizona, No. 1 Our Country (15-1), No. 4 Decorated Invader (4-1) and No. 14 Hit the Road (10-1) in my trifecta wager.
The Picks: 2-12-4-1
Race No. 7: Juvenile Fillies
5:32 p.m. ET, NBCSN
I am going with No. 4 British Idiom (7-2), with a slight edge over No. 7 Wicked Whisper (7-2) in this very wide-open race. Use both contenders in your exotics with favorite No. 1 Donna Veloce (3-1) No. 6 Bast (7-2) and No. 9 Comical (8-1).
The Picks: 4-7-1-9
Race No. 8: Juvenile Fillies Turf
6:12 p.m. ET, NBCSN
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