Breeders’ Cup preps this week in horse racing

We’re just five weeks from the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland, and final rehearsals are taking place around the world. Santa Anita’s fall meet opens Friday with a welcome sign for prospects across as many as 10 divisions, while Belmont-at-Aqueduct hosts superstar Life Is Good for Saturday’s Woodward Stakes.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Derby 80-1 upsetter Rich Strike races Saturday in the Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs in search of a second-half encore. And, if that’s not enough, the most prestigious international race in the world, France’s Arc de Triomphe, will be renewed Sunday and features star Irish turfer Luxembourg.

For those betting Santa Anita this weekend, here are the key local autumn meet stakes stats over the past five years.

Percentage of winning stakes favorites: 43.1%

Average win odds: 4.66-1

Hot trainers: Peter Miller (16-62, 26%), Richard Mandella (6-24, 25%), Bob Baffert (13-56, 23%), Mark Glatt (5-22, 23%), Simon Callaghan (6-29, 21%)

Hot jockeys: Flavien Prat (24-89, 27%), Umberto Rispoli (7-26, 27%), Juan Hernandez (7-37, 19%)

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