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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A Cup full of Friday's picks

By Jay Cronley
Special to ESPN.com

Here's an appropriate question with which to begin Breeders' Cup weekend: What is a person supposed to do with a horse with no angles in the BC Marathon?

Coming onto horses without appropriate form is a recurring BC problem.

It's why payoffs run toward the IRS.

Looking at the Marathon is like looking at ballet practice notes: There are strange references, odd numbers, confusing descriptions. Moods and interpretations change with every pass over the race. The shortest price will not necessarily be the favorite; it will just be disfavored less.

The two horses that make the least amount of sense in the Marathon are Ever Rider and London Bridge. They're from other countries and have great riders, Gary Stevens and Mike Smith. What a friend of mine does when confronted with a Breeder's Cup horse with no discernible form and fine jockeys is play a little something on them to win and then discard them from further handicapping discussion.

Another one Friday that is more difficult than most to understand is Verrazano, who will be racing to the breeding suite. He is more likely to run first or last than anywhere in between. Any horse putting up a 116 Beyer speed figure gets a token win wager for old time's sake, and is then pitched.

Marathon
1. Cease
2. Blueskiesnainbows
3. Worldly
4. Indian Jones

Juvenile Turf
1. Bobby's Kitten
2. Outstrip
3. Bashart
4. Aotearoa

Dirt Mile
1. Goldencents
2. Brujo de Olleros
3. Hymn Book
4. Golden Ticket

Juvenile Fillies Turf
1. Al Thakhira
2. Vorda
3. Testa Rossi
4. Chriselliam

Distaff
1. Royal Delta
2. Princess of Sylmar
3. Authenticity
4. Beholder