They're almost off

Updated: November 6, 2009, 9:20 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

Today's track condition: Frizzy.

Here's the call of the first race: "The horses are in the gate. And, they're almost off."

Such are some of the elements to racing on synthetics, where jocks need to carry extra lint rollers instead of a second set of goggles.

As another Breeders' Cup to be raced over product approaches — and horse players are bound by tradition and breeding to bet each and every BC contest — it's time to get as serious as is possible about handicapping ...

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