The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion Classic Empire was a disappointing third in his three-year-old debut last Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the Holy Bull (G2), and the once solid early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) has seen his price drift upward.
Down as low as 5-2 at some racebooks, he can now be had at Bovada at 7-1.
The colt won four of his five starts in 2016 and was named the Eclipse Award winner for outstanding juvenile, but did not fire his best in the Holy Bull.
The field is now set for the inaugural running of the $12-million Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, with a dozen going to the post in what will be the world’s richest race in history.
Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Arrogate is the slight favorite in early wagering at Bovada, currently at odds of even money.
The three-year-old was the winner of the Eclipse Award for top three-year-old of 2016 and has won his last five races for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. The colt will break from the rail with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the irons.
The defending champion Tepin is back, beating the boys last year returning $11.20. She won her next six starts but was finally beaten in her most recent start in a runner-up finish to Photo Call who took the field gate to wire to win the First Lady (G1) at Keeneland. Tepin won the First Lady last year by seven lengths.
The Mile has had the most repeat winners, a feat accomplished by Miesque, Lure, Da Hoss, Goldikova and Wise Dan.
Defending champion Found was ninth in last year’s Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Chantilly, ran second in the Champion Stakes (G1) and then won the Turf, becoming the 10th Turf winner to have also run in the Arc.
However, no Arc winner has won the Turf. Oops, Found won the Arc this year at 9-1, so is that a bad thing? She has kept her busy schedule, running a good second in the Champion Stakes (G1). She seeks to give her trainer Aiden O’Brien his sixth win in the Turf.
The undefeated Songbird has been brilliant throughout her career, winning all 11 starts and by a combined 60 ½ lengths. She will take on her elders for the first time in the Distaff, but we have seen three-year-olds won the race in three of the past five years.
She is the 10/11 early favorite in Breeders’ Cup Distaff wagering.
Emoção, glamour, disputa e muito, mas muito equilíbrio mesmo em corridas que são decididas apenas no disco final. O sábado (23) terá tudo isso e muito mais na Inglaterra, onde será realizada uma das principais competições do turfe nacional, a corrida chamada de King George VI.
Ela será disputada no famoso hipódromo de Kempton Park, na cidade de Surrey, nos arredores de Londres. Tem começo previsto para as 16h30 (horário local, 12h30 de Brasília) e colocará na pista os melhores cavalos de quatro anos ou mais da Inglaterra e de países vizinhos como Irlanda e França.
Saratoga kicks off its summer meeting on Friday, with 40 days of top-class horse betting action on tap that will feature many of the stars of racing including the winners of this spring’s Triple Crown races and the undefeated filly Songbird.
Over the 40-day meeting there are 69 stakes races worth more than $18 million, and horseplayers will be given a steady diet of outstanding wagering opportunities six days a week through Labor Day.
Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator and Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Creator will be in action on July 30 in the $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2).
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