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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Breeders' Cup picks and grins

By Jay Cronley
Special to ESPN.com

Pickers deserving to be read should tell you things like the supplementary entry on Flashy Ways in the Juvenile Fillies Turf Friday is like the owner just made a $100,000 bet on the horse; there is so little speed in the Classic, it's going to be very difficult to make up much ground; Flat Out will be the trendy pick of the weekend; and the turf races can be picked only by drunks.

Beyond track talk, here are 10 things you should look for in a handicapper as a handicapping aid.

1. Somebody not easily embarrassed.
2. Somebody who bets two bucks on what he or she says.
3. Somebody who avoids "inside info."
4. Somebody not afraid to revisit losses.
5. Somebody with a sense of humor.
6. Somebody who has a reason.
7. Somebody with something of a track record.
8. Somebody who can write.
9. Somebody with a good imagination.
10. Somebody who is not afraid to make fun of other pickers.

Breeder's Cup Picks

FRIDAY

Juvenile Sprint
1. Merit Man
2. Super Ninety Nine
3. South Floyd
4. Sweet Shirley Mae

Marathon
1. Atigun
2. Worth Repeating
3. Commander
4. Eldaafer

Juvenile Fillies Turf
1. Flashy Ways
2. Sky Lantern
3. Watsdachances
4. Tara From the Cape

Juvenile Fillies
1. Executiveprivilege
2. Kauai Katie
3. Dreaming of Julia
4. Broken Spell

Filly and Mare Turf
1. Ridasiyna
2. The Fugue
3. I'm A Dreamer
4. Nahrain

Ladies' Classic
1. Royal Delta
2. Awesome Feather
3. My Miss Aurelia
4. Questing

SATURDAY

Juvenile Turf
1. Dundonnell
2. Noble Tune
3. George Vancouver
4. Artigiano

Filly and Mare Sprint
1. Groupie Doll
2. Dust and Diamonds
3. Turbulent Descent
4. Rumor

Dirt Mile
1. Shackleford
2. Fed Biz
3. Emcee
4. Jersey Town

Turf Sprint
1. Camp Victory
2. Corporate Jungle
3. Unbridled's Note
4. Reneesgotzip

Juvenile
1. Power Broker
2. Title Contender
3. Shanghai Bobby
4. Dynamic Sky

Turf
1. Point of Entry
2. Trailblazer
3. Shereta
4. St Nicholas Abbey

Sprint
1. Amazombie
2. Coil
3. Capital Account
4. Jimmy Creed

Mile
1. Excelebration
2. Wise Dan
3. Obviously
4. Mr. Commons

Classic
1. Game On Dude
2. Fort Larned
3. Flat Out
4. Ron the Greek

Write to Jay at jaycronley@yahoo.com.