American Pharoah Odds: Breeders Cup

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, despite tasting defeat in his last outing for the first time since last August, is the solid +250 betting choice in early Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) wagering at BetOnline.

The Bob Baffert trainee was upset as the betting favorite in the Travers (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 25, beaten three-quarters of a length by Keen Ice, who is currently at +1400 in early Breeders’ Cup Classic betting.

American Pharoah will train up to the Classic and will make his final career start off a nine-week layoff.

The second choice in early Classic wagering at BetOnline is the mare Beholder at +400. The Richard Mandella trainee beat the boys in the Pacific Classic (G1) in her last outing and will be in action on Saturday. She is the betting favorite for the $300,000 Zenyatta (G1) at Santa Anita.

She already has a pair of Breeders’ Cup wins, taking the 2012 Juvenile Fillies (G1) and the 2013 Distaff (G1).

Honor Code third on Breeders’ Cup Odds

Honor Code is getting plenty of respect in early Classic betting at BetOnline, the third choice at +450. The four-year-old won the Met Mile (G1) and the Whitney (G1) in his last two starts. He will make his final prep for the Classic in the Kelso Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park on Oct. 3.

Hard Aces (+5500) and Hoppertunity (+4000) will both be in action Saturday as they take on defending Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Bayern in the $300,000 Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita.

Liam’s Map is currently at betting odds of +600. The Bill Mott trainee has won five of his seven career starts, taking the Woodward (G1) at Saratoga in his last start on Sept. 9. His connections have not ruled out a run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) instead of the Classic.

There are seven Breeders’ Cup Challenge races on tap on Saturday, Sept. 26, five on the opening day card at Santa Anita and two at Belmont Park. Michael Dempsey of will be providing selections and analysis for all of the races.

2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic WINNER

Odds as of September 25 at BetOnline

  • American Pharoah +250
  • Beholder +400
  • Honor Code +450
  • Liam’s Map +600
  • Tonalist +1100
  • Frosted +1400
  • Keen Ice +1400
  • Gleneagles +1500
  • Coach Inge +2500
  • Catch a Flight +3000
  • Red Vine +3500
  • Effinex +4000
  • Hoppertunity +4000
  • Lea +4000
  • Wicked Strong +4000
  • Hard Aces +5500
  • Imperative +6000
  • Protonico +7500
  • Upstart +7500

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Fresh off his historic Triple Crown run, American Pharoah has dropped to 17/10 in early betting odds at Bodog for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), which will be contested at Keeneland on October 31.

Heading into the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) American Pharoah was listed at odds of 3/1 at Bodog for the Classic, but that price plummeted after a dominating performance where the colt won the third jewel of the Triple Crown in gate to wire fashion by 5½ lengths in the fastest time since Point Given in 2001.

The victory was his seventh in a row in eight career starts, and he has earned $4,530,300. The colt shipped back to Churchill Downs in good order after the Belmont and will likely show up next in the Haskell invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park on August 2 and/or the Travers (G1) at Saratoga on August 29.

His final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic will likely come in the Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita or the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), both in September.

Last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome is 9/1 in early Classic betting at Bodog. The colt will make his next start on turf in the Prince of Wales (G1) at Royal Ascot. The colt will have a new rider in William Buick for that race. His previous jockey was Victor Espinoza, this year’s Triple Crown winning jockey.

California Chrome has won just once in six starts since winning the Preakness Stakes, taking the Hollywood Derby (G1) on turf on November 29. He ran second in the San Antonio (G2) in his 2015 debut and then ran second in the Dubai World Cup (G1) in his last outing on March 28.

Last year’s Met Mile (G1) winner Palace Malice is the co-second choice at 9/1. The colt made his 2015 debut on May 10 in the Diablo Stakes and was a disappointing third, but it was off a nine-month layoff.

Last year’s Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist is 11/1; the colt ran a good second in the Met Mile on June 6. Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern is at odds of 16/1 at Bodog. The colt has been disappointing in two starts this year, with a sixth place finish in the Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) and a 10th place finish in the Met Mile.

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Odds as of June 22 at Bodog

  • American Pharoah 17/10
  • California Chrome 9/1
  • Palace Malice 9/1
  • Tonalist 11/1
  • Toast Of New York 12/1
  • Honor Code 14/1
  • Bayern 16/1
  • Constitution 20/1
  • Dortmund 20/1
  • Firing Line 20/1
  • Lea 20/1
  • Moreno 20/1
  • Frosted 25/1
  • Materiality 25/1
  • Noble Bird 25/1
  • Texas Red 25/1
  • Carpe Diem 33/1
  • Wicked Strong 33/1
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Odds as of June 22 at Bodog


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