With Palace Malice now retired and out of the picture for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), it is the three-year-olds that are taking the early betting action in Classic future wagering.
The last three-year-old to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic was Raven’s Pass at Santa Anita in 2008. The Classic will be contested at Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 1.
“With Palace Malice retired, Game On Dude not at his best, and Lea unraced since February, the three-year-old division could dominate this year’s Classic,” stated Michael Dempsey, horse racing handicapper at Turf ‘n’ Sport.
The undefeated Shared Belief, who beat older in the Pacific Classic (G1), is currently listed as the Breeders’ Cup Classic betting favorite at odds of +250 at BetOnline.
Foot issues knocked the colt off the Triple Crown trail after he started off his career winning all three starts as a juvenile including the CashCall Futurity (G1). He is perfect in three starts this year, an allowance win, a victory in the Los Alamitos Derby (G2) and then his win in the Pacific Classic.
The Pacific Classic was a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race for the Classic. The colt earned an automatic starting spot and paid expenses for the race.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the colt will make one more start before the Classic. He is scheduled to go in the Awesome Again Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita on September 27.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is the second choice in early Classic betting at +650. The colt got a break after failing in his Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes where he finished in a deadheat for fourth.
The Art Sherman trainee will make his final prep for the Classic in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at Parx Racing on Sept 20.
Other three-year-olds that could be factors in the Classic include Wicked Strong (+2000), V.E. Day (+2200) and Tonalist (+2500).
Among the older horses, Itsmyluckyday (+1350) has been taking some betting action after turning the tables on Moreno (+1500) in the Woodward (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 30.
Last year’s Classic runner up Will Take Charge is currently listed at betting odds of +1100. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee came up a tough nose short behind Mucho Macho Man, who is now retired.
Game On Dude, who was the beaten favorite in the last two runnings of the Classic, is currently listed at +1400.
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Betting odds to win 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic via BetOnline as of September 8:
California Chrome +650
Candy Boy +8000
Clubhouse Ride +12000
Game On Dude +1400
Majestic Harbor +1800
Moonshine Mullin +3000
Prayer for Relief +5000
Shared Belief +250
Wicked Strong +2000
Will Take Charge +1100
Balance of Power +6000
V. E. Day +2200
Toast of New York +2200
Big Cazanova +1800
Check out BetOnline or Bodog for the latest Breeders’ Cup Odds.
The biggest horse racing weekend of the year is not the Kentucky Derby it’s the Breeders’ Cup, and betting on these races is growing into one of the most popular events of the year.
Known as the Breeders’ Cup World Championship, the weekend features the best horses from around the world clashing in 14 races. In 2013, the races are being held at historic Santa Anita Park.
While not all the horses are known for the cards, several online racebooks have already posted Breeders’ Cup future betting lines on the biggest race of the weekend – the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Currently, Bodog has Game On Dude as the 2/1 favorite in this one, with Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness Stakes winner Palace Malice further back in the pack.
The second betting choices as of Oct. 17 are Fort Larned and Will Take Charge, each at 5/1.
The event attracts the best horses and trainers with the biggest purses of the year. Fully 13 of the races have $1 million or higher purses and the Classic winner earns $5 million.
Check out the Classic odds below and check out a site devoted to Breeders’ Cup odds closer to post time on Nov. 1 when the full morning line odds will be available.
Breeders Cup’ Classic – Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California (courtesy of Bodog:
Game On Dude 2/1
Fort Larned 5/1
Will Take Charge 5/1
Mucho Macho Man 6/1
Flat Out 7/1
Palace Malice 8/1
Declaration Of War 10/1
Ron the Greek 12/1
Cigar Street 15/1
Kettle Corn 16/1
Successful Dan 20/1
Hear The Ghost 40/1
Clubhouse Ride 65/1
Out Of Bounds 80/1
Other Breeders’ Cup races include the Juvenile, which puts next year’s Derby contenders on display early. However, there has been a hex associated with winning the Breeders’ Cup juvenile as this winner very rarely goes on to win the Derby. Street Sense was one of the few recent winners to pull off this prestigious double.