Romans banks on Shackleford in the Breeders' Cup

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Trainer Dale Romans says Shackleford is his best shot for a win in the Breeders' Cup this weekend at Santa Anita.

Romans has five entries but the winner of the Metropolitan Mile in May and Preakness in 2011 looks like the standout. Shackleford is the 2-1 favorite in the $1 million Dirt Mile on Saturday, looking to improve on his second-place finish in the race last year.

The Dirt Mile is just one event during the two-day, $25 million championships starting on Friday.

Game On Dude was made the early 9-5 favorite in a field of 12 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, a race he led most of the way last year before being overtaken in the closing strides.

He will try to deliver a first-time victory in the Classic for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.