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Breeders’ Cup Classic 2018: Odds And Post Positions

For most racing events, races are drawn two or three days beforehand, with previous performances coming out within hours.
But for the Breeders’ Cup, with 14 races within two days, handicappers need slightly more time to think about their weekend wagers, and with this in mind, the Breeders’ Cup races were attracted Monday afternoon in Louisville, KY.. This year’s event will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 2, in Churchill Downs.The centerpiece of this event is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will take place Saturday evening, having an announced article time of 5:44 pm ET. The early retirement of Triple Crown winner Justify leaves a field of contenders that aren’t exactly household names, but with 14 horses entered and no clear favorite, the Classic will at least be a hell of a betting race.
Check out betting guides for Friday’s races here, and Saturday’s races and head to Hello Race Fans for more information on wagering in general and this year’s Breeders’ Cup, including a peek at the Distaff and Mile. In 2017 he earned a trip to the Kentucky Derby with a nose win in the Grade 1 UAE Derby, only to freak out shortly after the gate opened, bucking like a bronco and carrying himself from the race off the rest. Until a few weeks ago, that was his only race in the United States; he went on to some formidable career running in Europe and Dubai, winning this year’s Dubai World Cup by 5??3/4 lengths and the Grade 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. He seemed like a winner in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park in late September, just to be nipped in the wire by longshot Discreet Lover, a horse he faces here again. He’s finished in the top three in 15 of his 20 races for earnings of $8.5 million; he’s owned and bred by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.
2) Roaring Lion
Owner: Qatar Racing Limited
Trainer: John Gosden
Jockey: Oison Murphy
Morning line odds: 20-1
This three-year-old Kentucky-bred is based in England, and he makes his first trip to the U.S. to run in the Classic. He eked out a neck win in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on October 20, and he’s never run on dirt, though he did catch a six-length win on the artificial track at Kempton in September of 2017. So: he will be running on brief rest; he’s run on grass; he travelled across an ocean. He has won $3.5 million, so his talent is nothing to overlook…but what a stunner it’d be if he can pull this off.
3) Catholic Boy
Owner: Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm, and Twin Creeks Racing Stables
Trainer: Jonathan Thomas
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Morning line odds: 8-1
That is a horse that more people should know about. His coach was an assistant to Todd Pletcher, who dominated the game before Chad Brown came together; an accomplished rider, Thomas suffered a catastrophic harm before turning to instruction, leaving Pletcher’s use to strike out on his own. Catholic Boy started his career on bud, was switched to dirt and won the Grade two Remsen, then bled at the Grade 1 Florida Derby, sidelining him on the Kentucky Derby trail. Switched back to grass, he won the Grade 1 Belmont Derby, then cruised to victory in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes back on dirt. Versatile and talented, a win here would cap an incredible year which may have some Republicans putting him on their ballot for winner 3-year-old.
g4) Gunnevera
Owner: Margoth
Trainer: Antonio Sano
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr..
Morning line odds: 20-1
At once considered one of the leaders of his cohort, this four-year-old was a promising runner around the Kentucky Derby trail this past year before tailing away when the large races came . He had been second in the Grade 1 Travers last year behind fellow rival West Coast; he had been third in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic behind the last year’s Vintage winner Gun Runner and West Coast. He returned in a eighth-place finish from the Group 1 Dubai World Cup in March into some five-month layoff, winning his first start back in a small race at Gulfstream Park, then conducting secon
D to Yoshida (also entered here) at the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga. He gets a top jockey in Ortiz, also as this horse bought for $16,000 has earned $3 million, he does not have a lot to prove, but Grade 1 win has so far eluded him.
5) Lone Sailor
Owner: G M B Racing
Trainer: Tom Amoss
Jockey: James Graham
Morning line odds: 30-1
Last March, a runner-up finish with a neck in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby stamped him as a contender for the spring/summer screenplay, but running in top-level races watched him on the outside looking in the winner’s circle. He’s won only twice at a 14-race profession: at Saratoga over a sloppy track in September 2017, also in late September when he won the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby. Owned by G M B Racing, the Thoroughbred operation of Gayle Benson and her late husband Tom, owners of the NBA Pelicans and NFL Saints, he’s accumulated earnings of $870,000 by running in large races and frequently hitting the board.
6) McKinzie
Owner: Michael Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Mike Smith
Morning line odds: 6-1
Five races, four wins, one second. Back in the winter, he had been led towards Kentucky Derby favoritism until he got hurt and Justify appeared. After six months from the races, he came back to win the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby by 1??3/4 crosses, his first excursion outside of California. He faces a far bigger evaluation here than he did in the Keystone State, but it would be foolish to overlook him, given what he’s accomplished. An adequate conclusion this makes him a millionaire, since he’s already got $900,000.
7) West Coast
Owner: Gary and Mary West
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: John Velazquez
Morning line odds: 5-1
Following a 2017 campaign that culminated with an Eclipse Award for champion three-year-old, this bay colt has conducted just 3 races this year, finishing second in all three of these, all Grade 1 races. He was third in this race this past year, and the talent of this $425,000 yearling buy is indisputable. He receives Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the saddle for the first time, his prior jockeys having chosen to ride someplace here.
8) Pavel
Owner: Reddam Racing
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Jockey: Mario Gutierrez
Morning line odds: 20-1
His owner has a proclivity for seeing his horses after baseball players, especially Red Wings; Pavel [Datsyuk] joins equines Zetterberg and Nyquist, all possessed by Paul Reddam. This one doesn’t quite live up to his namesake; he’s got three wins in 11 starts, but he’s managed to charge $1.3 million, and in June he won the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Most recently he completed second–by 12??1/2 spans –to fellow rival here Accelerate in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic. Probably outclassed here, but potential to hit the board.
9) Mendelssohn
Owner: Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, and Michael Tabor
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Jockey: Ryan Moore
Morning line odds: 12-1
He had been Aidan O’Brien’s Derby horse, shipping to the US after a breathtaking 18??1/2-length win in the UAE Derby at Dubai. He ran for the first time in Louisville on the first Saturday in May, finishing last on a sloppy track, but O’Brien persisted, shipping Mendelssohn straight back into the U.S. three occasions: to run next in the Grade 3 Dwyer at Belmont Park; next at the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga; and also third in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup back in Belmont. Known for his incessant vocalizing during training and before the races, this $3 million purchase is a half-brother to the multiple champion Beholder, and has earned $2.3 million in his 11 life races.

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