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There was no rest for the weary handicapper during Breeders’ Cup week, even though rest was a prime concern for some of the horses in the major races.

In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the two favorites, Arrogate and Gun Runner, were coming off nine and 11 weeks rest, respectively. Meanwhile, in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, neither Forever Unbridled nor Stellar Wind had raced since August and July in their respective last preps.

Picking winners at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships is not an impossible task.

It’s difficult, for sure, but it’s not akin to the Riddle of the Sphinx. Over the course of two days and 13 Breeders’ Cup stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 3-4, there will be some races that actually have logical results.

Of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races, the highlight in terms of international competition is usually the $4 million, Grade 1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. The 1 ½-mile turf race typically draws a large and competitive field, including several runners each year from Europe, and based on pre-entries the 2017 edition of the race, taking place Nov. 4 at Del Mar, looks particularly exciting.

Picking winners at the Breeders’ Cup is usually a herculean task. As proof, consider that in the 13 Breeders’ Cup races last year there was only one winning favorite.

Yep, one, which paid a generous $9.60 for a $2 win bet.

The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic figures to be the most anticipated race of the year with Gun Runner and Arrogate squaring off and Horse of the Year honors hinging on the outcome.

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