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Favorite days

This is what we don't need: a Breeders' Cup Saturday card full of good-looking favorites, led by Golden Horn in the Turf.

Golden Horn is good enough to share camera time with the Triple Crown winner.

Golden Horn can fly.

Any railbird can play a favorite. You don't even need the past performances. All you need is to be able to see the tote board.

Playing favorites is no fun unless you can hook one to a big price.

Looking for long shots is a hard habit to break.

Until Breeders' Cup Saturday. This is one of the few places where you can get excited when the chalk wins. That's because the next one to finish behind a favorite is apt to light up the board. Whereas in the majority of the BC races, the handicapper's eye seems to return to the shortest price, there's no telling who might secure the place and show spots. In these races, the possibilities for second through seventh look remarkably similar. It's why the "All" buttons are overused Breeders' Cup weekend. It's unique to get three or four world-class runners in an "All" punch.

If there's anything harder than picking a Breeders' Cup exacta or trifecta, it's a game of three-card monte. When playing that, always pick the shell or card that you think it isn't, which will greatly increase your chances.

Saturday's Breeders' Cup picks

Juvenile Fillies
1. Songbird
2. Rachel's Valentina
3. Tap to It
4. Dothraki Queen

Turf Sprint
1. Lady Shipman
2. Pure Sensation
3. Mongolian Saturday
4. Undrafted

Filly & Mare Sprint
1. Wavell Avenue
2. Cavorting
3. La Verdad
4. Dame Dorothy

Filly & Mare Turf
1. Legatissimo
2. Dacita
3. Secret Gesture
4. Miss France

Sprint
1. Runhappy
2. Private Zone
3. Wild Dude
4. Big Macher

Mile
1. Esoterique
2. Impassable
3. Make Believe
4. Karakontie

Juvenile
1. Greenpointcrusader
2. Nyquist
3. Brody's Cause
4. Exaggerator

Turf
1. Golden Horn
2. Found
3. Red Rifle
4. Big Blue Kitten

Classic
1. Honor Code
2. American Pharoah
3. Tonalist
4. Frosted