Race: Breeders Cup Classic (G1)
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Location: Churchill Downs - Louisville, Kentucky
Distance: 1 1/4 miles
Age/Sex: 3 Year Olds & Up
Purse: $5 Million
Post Time: 8:35pm ET
Even though most believe that winning the Kentucky Derby is as big as it gets in horse racing, the Breeders' Cup Classic is the race to win. You only get one shot to win the Kentucky Derby as a three-year old, but in theory, you could have four of five shots at the Breeders' Cup Classic. Getting the chance to see Kentucky Derby champs and top runners from the past all get together is second to none in the Sport of Kings. The $5 million prize pool is the biggest for a single race in American horse racing.
The 35th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, will have a total of 14 races spread out over two days at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, November 2, and Saturday, 3, 2018 and kicks off with a series of "Win and You're In" Challenge races that lead up to the World Championships.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a series of 68 of races held in various countries around the world that offer an automatic entry for the winner of each race. The Breeders' Cup also pays the entry fees and provides travel allowances for the winning connections into the Championships at Churchill Downs.
This year's Breeders' Cup Classic promises to bring back some blasts from the past as well as the wave of the future of horse racing.
Gun Runner has produced three straight Beyers in the 110s, something that is virtually unheard of nowadays. Even though Gun Runner hasn't won a massive race in his career, he's set to probably be the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Arrogate will be his biggest challenger as this Bob Baffert horse will look to become the first two-time champ of the Classic since Tiznow in 2000 and 2001.
Baffert is also seeking to become the first man to win the Breeders' Cup Classic four times. He's got the last three winners to his name, and he could have almost half the horses in this field as well. Arrogate, Collected, West Coast and Mubtaahij are all trained by Baffert, and they all are no worse than 12 to 1 in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
1: Arrogate 2-1 / Off Track Odds
2: War Decree 30-1 / Off Track Odds
3: Win the Space 30-1 / Off Track Odds
4: War Story 30-1 / Off Track Odds
5: Gun Runner 9-5 / Off Track Odds
6: Mubtaahij 12-1 / Off Track Odds
7: Churchill 15-1 / Off Track Odds
8: West Coast 6-1 / Off Track Odds
9: Gunnevera 30-1 / Off Track Odds
10: Pavel 20-1 / Off Track Odds
11: Collected 6-1 / Off Track Odds
Not surprisingly, it's Gun Runner who is the favorite to win the Breeders' Cup Classic. The only horse separating him from being the odds-on choice is Arrogate, a rival that he has only run into sparingly in his career. This is the highest-profile race these two have run in their careers, and it also happens to be the last time it's going to happen since Arrogate is being retired at the end of this race.
At 9-5, this is the biggest price available on Gun Runner since he was 2 to 1 at the Clark Handicap in December six races ago. Arrogate has been odds-on in nine of his 11 career races.
That said, the reason why Gun Runner is the favorite even though Arrogate is the defending Breeders' Cup Classic champ is due to the fact that the latter has raced so poorly of late. He's lost his last two after winning seven of his first eight, and both of his losses have come here at Del Mar.
That said, Gun Runner has only run in three races at a mile and a quarter in his career, and he's been beaten in all three.
The other serious contenders include West Coast and Collected. West Coast has won six of his eight career races, while Collected is unbeaten in his last four, including upsetting Arrogate at the Pacific Classic in August.
Both horses have opened up at 6 to 1 on the Breeders' Cup Classic morning line odds.
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|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)||1 Mile (Turf)||2 Year Olds||$1 Million||5:25pm|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1)||1 Mile||3 Year Olds & Up||$1 Million||6:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||2 Year Old Fillies||$1 Million||6:50pm|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1)||1 1/8 miles||3 Year Olds & Up Fillies & Mares||$2 Million||7:35pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Year Old||$2 Million||3:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1)||1 1/4 miles (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$2 Million||3:43pm|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)||7 furlongs||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1 Million||4:21pm|
|Geico Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1)||6.5 Furlongs (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1 Million||5:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Yr Old Colts||$2 Million||5:43pm|
|Breeders' Cup Turf (G1)||1 1/2 miles (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$3 Million||6:22pm|
|Xpressbet Breeders Cup Sprint (G1)||6 Furlongs||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1.5 Million||7:01pm|
|Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$2 Million||7:40pm|
|Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)||1 1/4 miles||3 Yr Olds & Up||$5 Million||8:35pm|
* Times GMT and subject to change.
The 31st annual Breeders' Cup Classic was won by Bayern on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Bayern won the 1¼-mile race at 6/1 odds, beating out favorites Shared Belief and California Chrome.
Jockey Martin Garcia rode Bayern to victory, his third career Breeders' Cup win, and the first Classic win for trainer Bob Baffert.
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