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2022 Pacific Classic at Del Mar odds, picks, predictions: Surprising picks by expert who hit Derby future bet

An automatic spot in the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Classic will be on the line when six horses leave the starting gate in the 2022 Pacific Classic on Saturday at Del Mar in Del Mar, Calif. The winner of the $1 million “Win and You’re In” race will qualify for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5 at Keeneland Race Course. The undefeated Flightline is the 1-5 morning-line favorite in the 2022 Pacific Classic odds. He is a perfect 4-for-4 in his career. Meanwhile the Bob Baffert-trained Country Grammer is second in the odds at 4-1 in the six-horse Pacific Classic 2022 field, while Royal Ship is third in the odds at 8-1. 

Post time is 8:50 p.m. ET. With an accomplished field set to leave the starting gate, you’ll want to see what astute racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2022 Pacific Classic picks.

Few people in racing are as well-connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders’ Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.

Yu also has tremendous handicapping chops. In the 2011 Kentucky Derby, she correctly tabbed Animal Kingdom to win at a hefty 21-1. In the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, she nailed 11-1 longshot Wuheida to win the Filly and Mare Turf. Last year, in a wide-open Kentucky Derby, she gave out Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1. In Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this year, she suggested a play on All Other 3-Year-Olds, which cashed at a whopping 18-1 when Rich Strike won the Derby.

Now, Yu has handicapped the 2022 Pacific Classic field, given her horse-by-horse analysis, made her picks and constructed her wagers. You can only see them here.

Top 2022 Pacific Classic predictions

One surprise: Yu is not making Flightline her top pick, even though he enters the race as a clear 1-5 favorite. A 4-year-old son of one of the country’s most influential sires, Tapit, Flightline has yet to be tested in his four career starts. He is coming off a six-length win in the Met Mile at Belmont.

But in the Pacific Classic Flightline faces two major hurdles for the first time in his career. “While he has been visually impressive, he has yet to run around two turns, and the classic 1¼-mile distance is a test for many,” she says. None of her wagers will have Flightline winning. See who to pick here.

How to make 2022 Pacific Classic picks

Yu’s top pick is a horse who is ready to “peak for this race.” She also is high on a longshot whose “2022 form is good.” She is including these horses in her 2022 Pacific Classic bets, and so should you. She’s sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.

So who wins the 2022 Pacific Classic? What longshot is a must-back? What does Yu think of every horse in the race? And how has she constructed her wagers? Visit SportsLine to see Yu’s picks for the Pacific Classic.

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