The Breeders’ Cup is less than two weeks off, and it is time to begin taking a look at the early as the inaugural tournament event strategies of racing.
The Breeders’ Cup will be held in Santa Anita on November 1-2, with $30 million in bags up for grabs and 14 championship races. With betting pools to earn a score that is 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 will observe three-year-olds that competed in Triple Crown races take in their elders from the handicap division.
This year’s Vintage looks wide open using all the Bob Baffert-trained McKinzie the current gaming favorite in Bovada in +450.
The Hall of Fame trainer has won the Classic three times, saddling Arrogate in 2016, American Pharoah in 2015 and Bayern at 2014. ??
McKinzie has been a disappointing 12th??in last year’s version of the Classic as a three-year-old. The colt has made five starts this season, winning with three finishes.
The colt won the Whitney (G1) at Saratoga on August??3 at his final start. His final preparation for this year’s Classic probably will come in the Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita on September??28.
Code of Honor is the alternative in Breeders’ Cup Classic wagering odds at Bovada at +600. Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, the colt won the Travers (G1) at Saratoga in his final trip on August??24 for his first Grade 1 victory.
After getting put second at the Kentucky Derby (G1), the colt won the Dwyer Stakes (G3) in his last start before shooting the Travers.
His second outing probably will come in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park on September??28. That could be his first test from older runners. His relations could choose to run in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) in Parx Racing when they wanted to stick with his division for an additional start.
Maximum Security, who had become the first horse in the background of the Kentucky Derby (G1) for disqualified in the win for interference, is the second choice in early Breeders’ Cup Classic betting at Bovada in +800.
The Jason Servis trainee was beaten as the heavy betting popular from the Pegasus in his second start but bounced back with a remarkable victory in the Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park on July 20 in his final start.
The colt will make his final preparation.
Game Winner along with Thunder Snow are the options in Breeders’ Cup Classic wagering at +1000.
The Baffert-trained Sport Winner won his first four starts last season, including winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). However, his three-year-old campaign began with three losses, including a fifth in the Kentucky Derby, before winning the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) in his last outing on July 13.
After spiking a fever the colt overlooked the Travers and Baffert hasn’t dedicated the colt to a race, but he could make the Pennsylvania Derby. Baffert includes Mucho and Improbable Gusto who will also make the visit to Parx Racing.
Thunder Snow has made $16.5 million in his profession and has a set of Dubai World Cup (G1) wins under his belt. He ran in last year’s Classic.
It seems as though he will take the same route he did to arrive at the Classic. He was third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and looks likely to prep this year’s version as well.
One intriguing contender to??keep an eye on is the mare Elate, who might take to the boys in the Classic instead of moving in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). While she’s +600 for the Distaff She’s now listed for the Classic at Bovada at +1400.
The mare was next from the Personal Ensign (G1) in her last start at Saratoga on August??24, beaten a nose Midnight Bisou, who’s the first wagering favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff??at +350.
There are two Breeders’ Cup Challenge”Grow and You Are In” races left to the Classic. The winners of Awesome Again and the Jockey Club Gold Cup each make a automatic starting berth in the area.
Next up we will take a look at the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Handicapper Michael Dempsey will soon probably be covering the Breeders’ Cup for Odds Shark along with his entire card reports with choices, evaluation, reasonable chances line and wagering recommendations for important buys can be found daily at turfnsport.com.
Odds as of September 5 at BetOnline
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