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It’s finally here! The 2012 Breeders’ Cup will take place over two days this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Race Track and features the “Who’s Who” of thoroughbred racing. Top trainers and thoroughbreds from around the world are converging on California for what should be a fantastic racing event!

The Ladies Classic on Friday evening is one of the most interesting of the event. My Miss Aurelia, who is trained by Steve Asmussen, will be putting her unbeaten record on the line against Questing and another undefeated filly, Awesome Feather. Awesome Feather is trained by Chad Brown and has won all of her ten career starts, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for fillies in 2010. She will go off the favorite in what should be a tremendous race. My Miss Aurelia has come back from injury and she is another former Breeders’ Cup winner as she took the last years Juvenile for fillies and has most recently bested Questing in the Cotillion Stakes.

2011 Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford has a couple of graded stakes victories in 2012 and finished second in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile behind Caleb’s Posse. He should go off the favorite in the Dirt Mile on Saturday with his main competition coming from Kiaran McLaughlin’s Emcee who won the Grade I Forego at Saratoga in September.

Source: Richard Yaussi

The eyes of those who are on the lookout for Kentucky Derby contenders will be focused on the Juvenile for males. Todd Pletcher’s Shanghai Bobby will bring his 4-0 record into the race and is the early favorite to take this race and perhaps win an Eclipse Award in January for his terrific two-year-old season. Bob Baffert will send a pair of colts to the dirt, with Power Broker and Title Contender. Power Broker is a strong thoroughbred who has staying power as evidenced by his outlasting Know More and Capo Bastone in the 1 1/16 mile Frontrunner Stakes a month ago. Fortify is another colt that could have an impact and possibly break Shanghai Bobby’s unbeaten streak. Fortify is ranked 4th among two-year-olds on and he finished second to Shanghai Bobby in the Hopeful Stakes back in early September.

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The final race of the event will be the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and will feature several big names. Yet another Bob Baffert horse will be a favorite as early odds have Game On Dude at 5-2. Game On Dude has had a nice 2012 season winning four times in six races and has four grade I victories in his career. Bill Mott will bring Flat Out in to challenge Game On Dude. Flat Out was impressive in his last race, the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont last month, which was a repeat as he won the race in 2011 as well. Mott isn’t finished with Flat Out though, as he also has To Honor And Serve as well as Ron The Greek who is at 6-1 with early odds makers. Three-year-old Alpha, who competed in the 2012 Kentucky Derby and finished 12th has four wins in 2012, but is a longshot to win this race.

Other than the Triple Crown races of the spring, the Breeders’ Cup has no rival in prestige and this year promises to show racing fans great competition and excitement!