The Breeders' Cup is being contested over two days with the fuirst four races scheduled for Friday. Here's a look at what to expect ... and come back later for the picks for Saturday, the biggest day of horse racing in the United States.

Breeders’ Cup picks

At Santa Anita • Arcadia, Calif.

Best bet: Dortmund (7th Race). Best play: 50 cent-Pick 4, Race 6, (1,2,3,4,5,6,8,11,12,13/3/All/5), $70.


Post Time: 4:25 pm • 1 mile, 2-year-old colts & geldings • Purse: $1 million

PP Horse, Jockey Odds

 1. Lancaster Bomber, Seamus Heffernan 6-1

 2. Keep Quiet, Florent Geroux 12-1

 3. Channel Maker, John Velazquez 30-1

 4. Favorable Outcome, Irad Ortiz Jr. 15-1

 5. Made You Look, Javier Castellano 12-1

 6. Big Score, Flavien Prat 8-1

 7. J. S. Choice, Kent Desormeaux 20-1

 8. Intelligence Cross, Ryan Moore 6-1

 9. Wellabled, ET Baird 15-1

10. Bowies Hero, Julien Leparoux 15-1

11. Good Samaritan, Joel Rosario 9-2

12. Rodaini, Frankie Dettori 15-1

13. Oscar Performance, Jose Ortiz 4-1

14. Ticonderoga, Rafael Bejarano 15-1

AE-15 Kitten’s Cat, Luis Saez 20-1

AE-16 Harbour Master, Mike Smith 20-1

Six of the nine Juvenile Turf winners have been European runners and three of them were trained by Aidan O’Brien. O’Brien has INTELLIGENCE CROSS and LANCASTER BOMBER entered today and will be healthy prices walking into the gate. Intelligence Cross is my top pick, which should be the better price of the two. Jockey Ryan Moore will be the pilot, winner of three titles in this race. The favorite is OSCAR PERFORMANCE, who appears to be the best of the American contingents. I’m just not digging him drawing post 13 to start the journey on the Santa Anita turf course. BIG SCORE will be my top pick for the American team with hot young jock Flavien Prat aboard. CHANNEL MAKER is my price play with his 30-1 M/L odds.

DIRT MILE • 7th Race

Post Time: 5:05 pm • 1 mile, for 3-year-olds and up • Purse: $1 million

PP Horse, Jockey Odds

1. Vyjack, Flavian Prat 10-1

2. Tom’s Ready, Joel Rosario 12-1

3. Dortmund, Marcia Garcia 6-5

4. Point Piper, Mario Gutierrez 20-1

5. Accelerate, Tyler Baze 20-1

6. Texas Chrome, CJ McMahon 20-1

7. Runhappy, Gary Stevens 3-1

8. Tamarkuz, Mike Smith 8-1

9. Gun Runner, Florent Geroux 9-2

DORTMUND will be my single on my Pick 4 ticket and my Best Bet today. The only races he has been defeated in were against American Pharaoh and California Chrome. Dortmund always gives his best and has never finished off the board on a fast track. A decent long shot play to hit the board is TEXAS CHROME. He has yet to face this competition of this caliber but comes in with a three-game winning streak. TAMARKUZ has been second last two efforts but his form fits well with this field. RUNHAPPY is strictly the one to catch but his return race off the 10-month layoff was not his best. Bet at your own risk with the listed second choice.


Post Time: 5:50 pm • 1 mile, 2-year-old fillies • Purse: $1 million

PP Horse, Jockey Odds

 1. Hydrangea, Seamus Heffernan 6-1

 2. Lull, Joel Rosario 15-1

 3. New Money Honey, Javier Castellano 10-1

 4. Spain Burg, Frankie Dettori 5-1

 5. Victory to Victory, Julien Leparoux 12-1

 6. Coasted, Mike Smith 20-1

 7. Intricately, Donnacha O’Brien 6-1

 8. Madam Dancealot, John Velazquez 30-1

 9. Cavale Doree, Flavien Prat 15-1

10. Happy Mesa, Jose Ortiz 20-1

11. Rymska, Irad Ortiz Jr. 20-1

12. La Force, Rafael Bejarano 30-1

13. Roly Poly, Ryan Moore 4-1

14. La Coronel, Florent Geroux 9-2

AE-15. Con Te Partiro, John Velazquez 30-1

AE-16. Sweeping Paddy, Robby Albarado 30-1

The most wide-open race today. North American runners have won six of eight trophies at this mile distance. VICTORY TO VICTORY has only three races under belt but keeps improving each effort, including a impressive win while drawing away from the field in the Grade 1 Natalma at Woodbine Racetrack. Stablemate LA CORONEL, should be your lukewarm favorite at post time. Undefeated in both turf races with four-length margin victories, but tough to put on top with the far outside draw with the tight Santa Anita turns. NEW MONEY HONEY is lightly raced but appears to be enhancing each achievement for top trainer Chad Brown. ROLY POLY is the biggest European threat and the M/L favorite at 4-1.

DISTAFF • 9th Race

Post Time: 6:35 pm • 1⅛ miles (Dirt), 3-year-olds and up, fillies & mares • Purse: $2 million

PP Horse, Jockey Odds

1. Songbird, Mike Smith 6-5

2. Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez 30-1

3. Curalina, John Velazquez 12-1

4. Corona Del Inca, Pablo Falero 30-1

5. Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza 5-2

6. Forever Unbridled, Joel Rosario 12-1

7. I’m a Chatterbox, Florent Geroux 12-1

8. Beholder, Gary Stevens 5-2

Smallest field of the Breeders’ Cup, but with a lot of girl power and possibly the best race we’ll see this weekend. STELLAR WIND has improved speed figures race by race since May of last year and is well-rested. She was last year’s runner-up in the Distaff, losing by a neck length after a bumpy trip down payoff alley to the wire. I’m thinking she will keep improving and beat my favorite filly SONGBIRD. Songbird is No. 1 in my heart, but I’ve fallen many times to that decision. Songbird is undefeated in all 11 starts and has been eye- popping in all her efforts. I think facing older horses for the first time is going to catch up to her today. Expect her to attempt to protect the lead to the wire, and if she makes, a tip of the cap. BEHOLDER is the classy veteran of the field and will have a lot of backers at the window with a decent price. Word is, this is her last race, wouldn’t be surprise to see her save the best for last.