Race: Breeders Cup Classic (G1)
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Location: Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego, CA
Distance: 1 1/4 miles
Age/Sex: 3 Year Olds & Up
Purse: $5 Million
Post Time: 8:35pm ET
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 Del Mar Racetrack.
The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic is the defining event of the international racing season, that is race in all of North America and is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide.
It is open to horses 3-years-old and older and is limited to 14 starters.
Five of this year’s starters will gain automatic entries into the race by qualifying through Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.
This years Breeders' Cup action should easily climb over the $100 million mark and will be held at Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego, California.
As the 34th running of the Breeders' Cup Championship, will have a total of 14 races spread out over two days from Friday, November 3 to 4, 2017.
Even though the first 12 races of the Breeders' Cup are all fantastic, the one reason why horse racing fans truly look forward to this event every single year is the Breeders' Cup Classic. The best of the best dirt thoroughbreds who are at least three-years old regardless of gender get a chance to race against each other in one of the richest races of the year, and the winner of the Classic often goes on to win the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year honors. The betting is tight, and the race is generally even tighter than that, and that makes this absolute can't miss viewing for horse racing bettors.
Moanin ( February Stakes )
Bradester ( Stephen Foster Handicap )
Melatonin ( Gold Cup at Santa Anita )
Exaggerator ( Haskell Invitational )
Frosted ( Whitney Handicap )
California Chrome ( Pacific Classic and Awesome Again Stakes )
Hoppertunity ( Jockey Club Gold Cup )
In truth, there are only five horses who are automatically qualified to run in this maximum 14-horse field. California Chrome, the horse who is sure to be the favorite to win the Classic, won both the Pacific Classic and the Awesome Again Stakes to save one extra slot in this field. Furthermore, Exaggerator was retired in October, as the last race he won was the qualifying Haskell Invitational.
Moanin didn't make the trip to the Breeders' Cup. He hasn't been formally retired yet, but that expectation is certainly there after he won the February Stakes early in the year in Japan. Bradester was taken out of this race in spite of the fact that he was listed in the pre-entries as well, and that leaves just four automatic qualifiers out of the seven who ultimately had auto bids.
|Horse & Post Position||Odds||Trainer||Off Track Odds|
|1 – Effinex||15/1||James Jerkens||Off Track Odds|
|2 – Frosted||5/1||Kieran McLaughlin||Off Track Odds|
|3 – Keen Ice||20/1||Todd Pletcher||Off Track Odds|
|4 – California Chrome||1/1||Alan Sherman||Off Track Odds|
|5 – Win the Space||30/1||George Papaprodromou||Off Track Odds|
|6 – Melatonin||12/1||David Hofmans||Off Track Odds|
|7 – War Story||30/1||Mario Serey Jr.||Off Track Odds|
|8 – Shaman Ghost||20/1||James Jerkens||Off Track Odds|
|9 – Hoppertunity||15/1||Bob Baffert||Off Track Odds|
|10 – Arrogate||5/2||Bob Baffert||Off Track Odds|
Last year, Effinex finished second in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and he'll be back lined up on the rail along with fourth place finisher, Keen Ice and Frosted, who finished second to last in what ended up being a short eight-horse field. These three horses are the three on the inside, and they're going to all be tasked with the job of keeping California Chrome off of the rail.
The 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes champ is back and ready to rumble with the big boys in the Breeders' Cup, and he's the even money favorite to get the job done out of the fourth post. He's got the benefit of not having to go up against this year's Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, but he still has a couple really tough colts to challenge him in Arrogate at 5/2 out of the outside 10th post and Hoppertunity, a live 15 to 1 longshot who will likely go off the board with a better price than that on his head.
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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|
|TwinSpires 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.
Mucho Macho Man, won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and survived a thrilling three-horse duel to the wire that captivated the crowd of 58,795 at Santa Anita. The finish was one of the most exciting in the history of America’s richest race.
Mucho Macho Man held on desperately to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic by a nose, as Will Take Charge, the Wayne Lukas trainee, and Declaration of War, the European invader, both came flying at the leader in the final yards.
Mucho Macho Man, owned by Reeves Thoroughbreds, has now won eight times in 23 starts. The $2,750,000 first prize money from the Classic was more than the $2,590,410 he had earned in his previous 22 starts combined.
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