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Today’s edition of Horse Center will be in blog form due to circumstances that prevented video production this week. However, your co-hosts Brian Zipse and Matt Shifman wanted to make sure you could get the favorite picks, analysis, and bets for the 2021. Breeders Cup.

[HorseCenter: Breeders’ Cup 2021 picks and wagers for Friday]

On this show, the guys cover all nine Breeders’ Cup races, including a showdown in the $ 6 million Classic Breeders Cup. As always, thank you for visiting HorseCenter.

sprint filly and mare

Brian’s first choice – Bella Sofía. A lightly run 3-year-old gets good at the right time. She can lead the race to the big favorite and beat it at her own game.

Brian’s second choice – Ce Ce. Should sit early behind Gamine and Bella Sofia, and if they soften up, she should be ready to capitalize at the head of the Del Mar stretch.

Matt’s first choice – This This. If the two favorites, Gamine and Bella Sofia, drop their heads early in the race, Ce Ce could pick up the pieces in what is now a field of five horses.

Matt’s second choice – Bella Sofia. This filly is one length of an unbeaten record in five starts, and perhaps there is a chance that the overwhelming favorite Gamine is vulnerable.

Brian’s Filly & Mare Sprint bet: $ 5 Daily Double ($ 20)

1st stage – Bella Sofia, Ce Ce

2nd stage (Turf Sprint) – Golden Pal, Kimari

Grass Sprint

Brian’s first choice – Golden buddy, He is the fastest turf horse in the country and should be terribly difficult to catch at 5 stages, as he seeks his second straight Breeders’ Cup victory.

Brian’s second pick – Kimari – Golden Pal teammate trained by Wesley Ward is also a major talent. She’s cool and should be flying late.

Matt’s first choice – Lieutenant Dan. The American riders have the advantage in this grassy sprint around the tight turn. This guy is in the best shape of his career and is 6-1 on the morning line.

Matt’s second choice – Golden Pal. Coach Wesley Ward is dangerous in these grass sprints, and Golden Pal is a very worthy favorite.

Brian’s Turf Sprint Bet: $ 10 Double Daily ($ 20)

1st stage – Golden Pal, Kimari

2nd stage (Dirt Mile) – Silver State

Matt’s Turf Sprint bet – 50 ¢ All-Turf Pick 4 ($ 40.50)

Stage 1 – Lieutenant Dan, Golden Pal, Arrest Me Red

Stage 2 (Filly & Mare Turf) – Loves Only You, Rougir, War Like Goddess

3rd stage (Mile) – Pearls Galore, Space Blues, In Love

4th leg (Turf) – Turnawa, Domestic Expenses, Walton Street

$ 5 Choose 3 ($ 30)

1st stage – Lieutenant Dan

Stage 2 (Dirt Mile) – Life is Good, Silver State

Stage 3 (Filly & Mare Turf) – Loves Only You, Rougir, War Like Goddess

Dirt Mile

Brian’s first choice – Silver state. With plenty of pace to put pressure on Life Is Good early on, look for the older Met Mile winner to roll into the stretch to upset the overwhelming favorite.

Brian’s second choice – Life is good. He is an extremely talented 3-year-old, but this race is unlikely to prepare well for him.

Matt’s first choice – Life Is good. It will be the toughest race of his career, but Life Is Good should be up to it.

Matt’s second choice – Silver State. This Steve Asmussen rider has had a great year and will be late at interesting odds.

Brian’s Dirt Mile bet: $ 10 double daily ($ 40)

1st round – Silver State

Stage 2 (Filly & Mare Turf) – Loves Only You, Love, War Like Goddess, Audarya

Matt’s Dirt Mile Bet – $ 10 Double Daily ($ 40)

Step 1 – Life is good, Silver State

2nd stage (Filly & Mare Turf) – Loves Only You, Rougir

filly and Mare Turf

Brian’s first choice – Only love you. The Japanese mare has been very competitive with the best cocks this year in several countries. She also likes the distance and travels well.

Brian’s second choice – Love. The Irish breed has been a top notch filly in Europe in recent years and continues to perform well against the best competition.

Matt’s first choice – To blush. This 3 year old filly won a great victory in the Prix de l’Opéra (G1) at Longchamp and is 6-1 on the morning line.

Matt’s second choice – Loves Only You. The Japanese turf star has raced so well against the best international turf horses this year.


Brian’s first choice – Jackie’s warrior. America’s best sprinter is ready to prove it in his biggest test yet.

Brian’s second choice – Dr. Schivel. Likes the Del Mar trail and seems to be the biggest threat to the top pick.

Matt’s first choice – Jackie’s Warrior. Although he will be making his first start against older horses, he has dominated the sprint scene this year and is expected to continue in the Sprint.

Matt’s second choice – Dr Schivel. The 3-year-old has beaten older West Coast sprinters, has currently won five races in a row and is undefeated at Del Mar.


Brian’s first choice – Mo Forza. An underrated American has won eight in a row on California turf. He always gets into position and always finishes strong.

Brian’s second choice – Master of the Seas. The 3-year-old European chic should love the firm ground he sees in Del Mar.

Matt’s first choice – Space blues. This Charlie Appleby / Godolphin rider will make the last start of his career with victories in his last two starts in Europe’s top seven-stadium races.

Matt’s second choice – Lover. American runner with a huge victory last time in the Keeneland Mile (G1), he is registered at 8-1 on the morning line.

Brian’s Mile bet: $ 5 Exacta Box ($ 30)

Mo Forza, master of the seas, hit the road


Brian’s first choice – Letruska. Could finish as our horse of the year with a win on Saturday. She’s been the best female all year, and I don’t see any good reason to doubt her now.

Brian’s second choice – Royal Flag. Chad Brown’s 5-year-old improvement will be late to pick up the pieces.

Matt’s first choice – Letruska. She has been an irresistible force during her dominant run in the Older Female Dirt division.

Matt’s second choice – Malathaat. She just has a shy neck of being undefeated in her seven-race career. There, she will run behind horses and do her determined late race.

Brian’s Distaff bet: $ 5 Exacta Box ($ 30)

Letruska, Royal Flag, Glade


Brian’s first choice – Yibir. The 3-year-old European has made giant strides lately for coach Charlie Appleby. His walking tour in Belmont Park the last time was sensational.

Brian’s Second Choice – Domestic Expenses. America’s best turf horse has a big shot at beating the internationals. Brown will prepare him for the 12-stage test.

Matt’s first choice – Tarnawa. The reigning Turf winner leads a formidable group of European riders as a very deserving favorite.

Matt’s second choice – Walton Street. This 7 year old Charlie Appleby barn won a big victory in the Canadian International (G1) to accompany his excellent form in major races around the world.

Brian’s Turf bet: $ 10 per double day ($ 60)

1st step – Yibir, Domestic Expenses, Teona

2nd stage (Classic) – Hot Rod Charlie, Essential Quality

Matt’s Turf bet: $ 10 per double day ($ 60)

1st stop – Tarnawa, Walton Street, domestic expenses

2nd stage (Classic) – Essential Quality, Art Collector


Brian’s first choice – Hot Rod Charlie. Even though he’s already been tested since last year’s Breeders’ Cup, he keeps coming back for more. Look for him to get the first jump over the leaders and gain the home court advantage in Del Mar.

Brian’s Second Choice – Essential Quality. He has done it all so far in a champion career that ends on Saturday. With the speed ahead of him early on, he should have his chances when the real race begins.

Matt’s first choice – Essential quality. What a year and what a career this 3 year old boy has had. He’s only one step away from being undefeated in his 10-race career. I wasn’t a fan of him before the Kentucky Derby, but he won me over.

Matt’s second choice – Art collector. His probable odds and his current form are too good to ignore.

Brian’s Paris Classic – $ 10 Exacta Partial Wheel ($ 20)

Hot Rod Charlie on Essential Quality and Medina Spirit

$ 10 Partial Exacta wheel ($ 20)

Essential quality and medina spirit on Hot Rod Charlie

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