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One of America’s biggest steeplechase events is set for this Saturday, Oct. 20, and this year’s races at Far Hills will feature an added attraction: betting! For the first time, fans will be able to combine their tailgating with a bit of wagering in an idyllic New Jersey setting. When it comes to handicapping, or studying steeplechase races, there aren’t many mainstream pundits to turn to for advice. Luckily, we know one of the most knowledge analysts in the U.S., Joe Clancy.

It’s that wonderful time of the year again.

The Breeders’ Cup is just three weekends away, so it’s time to start your handicapping homework in hopes of heading home from the World Championships with an overstuffed wallet.

To start, let’s review last year.

Basically, anything is liable to happen when the world’s best horses get together in large, evenly matched fields, as reflected in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup.

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup was definitely a rough couple of days for chalk players as the 13 races produced only two winning favorites.

Sometimes knowing who not to bet can be just as valuable as knowing who to bet.

If that’s confusing, the gist is that if you spot a highly vulnerable favorite, it’s wise to take a stand against it either by placing a win bet on another horse or two, or use a few of the other horses in exotic or sequence wagers and hope for a big payoff.

The Breeders’ Cup is only six weeks away. People like myself, who watch and bet on horse racing for a living, pay special attention to all of the prep races coming up.

What this column will focus on for you newcomers is this. Even if you haven’t been a horse-racing fan for decades, you can still glean important information just by watching the Breeders’ Cup preps closely.

I’ll outline a few angles so when you watch these prep races live or archived online you can gain some useful research.

In recent years, the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby has emerged as a key test among 3-year-old males. Coupled with the $1 million Cotillion for 3-year-old fillies, it has also made Parx Racing a center of national attention for one Saturday with important Breeders’ Cup preps on the horizon.

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