by Bobby Zen

We asked ace handicapper Bobby Zen for his top Breeders’ Cup plays, and he came up with…
Breeders’ Cup Marathon  — G2 $500,000 1 3/4 mile, Friday Race 6, Post time 1:45 p.m. PDT
  1. Blueskiesnrainbows  6-1   Front-runner is an every-other-race type horse with the up cycle now. Has run well in graded stakes.
  2. Commander  6-1  Another front-runner, last race won a G3 at Hastings, trainer is 31% off wins. Did not fare well in this race last year.
  3. Old Time Hockey  8-1  Has won a G2, but all wins are on turf. Trainer is 23% turf to dirt.bobbyzen3
  4. Indian Jones  5-1  Been running in cheaper company, but can get the distance and ran a good second in a G2.
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile  — G1 $1,000,000 1 mile, Friday Race 8, Post time 3:05 PDT
  1. Verrazano  3-1 Has 6 wins and 2 clunkers in 8 races. If he runs his race, he beats these. The only recent G1 winner in the group.
  2. Pants On Fire 6-1  Loves the distance and won his last 2, including a G2 affair. Trainer Breen has him razor sharp right now.
  3. Fed Biz  6-1 Likes this track and distance, also won his last. Baffert wins 26% with repeaters and this one is very sharp now.
  4. Goldencents  4-1 Has had a demanding 3YO year and is coming back into condition, may get a piece.
Breeders’ Cup Sprint — G1 $1,500,000, 6 furlongs, Saturday Race 10, Post time 4:01 PDTBC_EventLogo_2013_GRADIENT_RGB_WEB
  1. Private Zone 3-1  This one has had several sharp races, including 2 hard fought wins in a row. Bullet works say he remains sharp.
  2. Justin Phillip  4-1 Hard hitter was bumped repeatedly by PZ in last race, may go the other way this time.
  3. Fast Bullet 6-1 Is almost as fast as a bullet, loves this distance. Throw out last in the slop, and he wins.
  4. Secret Circle 4-1 Another Baffert trainee, has 6 wins and 2 places in 8 races. May be ready for this step up in class.