The Breeders’ Cup is less than two weeks away, and it is time to begin taking a look at the early as the inaugural tournament event tactics of racing.
The Breeders’ Cup will be held in Santa Anita on November 1-2, with 14 championship races in purses up for grabs, and $30 million. Together with gambling pools to earn a score score for horseplayers it is the holy grail of racing.
The marquee race of the championship event is that the 6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) where we’ll observe three-year-olds that competed in Triple Crown races take on their elders at the handicap division.
This year’s Vintage seems wide open with the Bob Baffert-trained McKinzie the current betting favorite at Bovada in +450.
The Hall of Fame coach has won three times to the Classic, saddling American Pharoah at 2015, Bayern at 2014 and Arrogate in 2016. ??
McKinzie has been a disappointing 12th??in last season’s edition of the Classic as a three-year-old. The colt has made five starts this year, winning with three finishes.
The colt won the Whitney (G1) at Saratoga on August??3 in his last start. His final prep for this season’s Classic likely will arrive from the Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita on September??28.
Code of Honor is currently the option in early Breeders’ Cup Classic wagering chances at Bovada in +600. Founded by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, the colt won the Travers (G1) at Saratoga in his last trip on August??24 because of his first Grade 1 victory.
After becoming put second at the Kentucky Derby (G1), the colt won the Dwyer Stakes (G3) in his final start before taking the Travers.
His second outing probably will come from the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park on September??28. That would be his first test from runners. His connections could elect to run from the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx Racing whenever they wanted to stick with his branch for an additional start.
Maximum Security, who had become the first horse at the background of the Kentucky Derby (G1) to get disqualified in the win for hindrance, is the second choice in ancient Breeders’ Cup Classic betting at Bovada in +800.
The Jason Servis trainee has been beaten as the significant betting popular from the Pegasus in his next start but bounced back with an impressive victory in the Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park on July 20 in his final start.
The colt will make his final preparation for the Classic from the Pennsylvania Derby.
Thunder Snow along with game Winner would be the co-fourth choices in ancient Breeders’ Cup Classic wagering at +1000.
The Baffert-trained Game Winner won his first four starts last year, including winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). But his three-year-old campaign started with three losses, such as a fifth at the Kentucky Derby, before winning the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) in his last trip on July 13.
After spiking a fever the colt missed the Travers and the colt has not been dedicated by Baffert into a race, but he could create the Pennsylvania Derby. Baffert has Improbable and Mucho Gusto who can also make the trip.
Thunder Snow has made $16.5 million in his career and also has a set of Dubai World Cup (G1) wins under his belt. He ran in last year’s Classic.
It seems as if he’ll take the same route he did last year to get to the Classic. He appears likely to prep this season’s edition too and was third.
1 intriguing competition to??watch on is that your mare Elate, who may take to the boys in the Vintage instead of moving from the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). While she’s +600 for the Distaff, she is now listed for its Classic in Bovada at +1400.
The mare was second at the Personal Ensign (G1) in her last start at Saratoga on August??24, beaten a nose Midnight Bisou, who’s the early wagering favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff??in +350.
There are two Breeders’ Cup Challenge”Win and You’re In” races left for the Classic. The winners of Awesome Again along with the Jockey Club Gold Cup each make a automatic starting berth in the field.
Next up we will Have a Look at the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Handicapper Michael Dempsey will be covering the Breeders’ Cup for Odds Shark along with his whole card reports with choices, analysis, reasonable odds line and wagering recommendations for important tracks are available every day at
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