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2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds: McKinzie the Early Betting Favorite

McKinzie Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds Favorite Santa Anita

The Breeders’ Cup is now less than two months away, and it is time to start looking at the early betting as racing’s two-day championship event approaches.

The Breeders’ Cup will be held at Santa Anita on November 1-2, with 14 championship races and $30 million in purses up for grabs. For horseplayers it is the holy grail of racing, with betting pools in the millions and chances to make a life-changing score.

The marquee race of the championship event is the $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) where we will see three-year-olds that competed in Triple Crown races take on their elders in the handicap division.

This year’s Classic looks wide open with the Bob Baffert-trained McKinzie the current betting favorite at Bovada at +450.

The Hall of Fame trainer has won the Classic three times, saddling Bayern in 2014, American Pharoah in 2015 and Arrogate in 2016.  

McKinzie was a disappointing 12th in last year’s edition of the Classic as a three-year-old. The colt has made five starts this year, winning twice with three runner-up finishes.

The colt won the Whitney (G1) at Saratoga on August 3 in his last start. His final prep for this year’s Classic likely will come in the Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita on September 28.

Code of Honor Second in Early Wagering

Code of Honor is currently the second choice in early 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 last outing on August 24 for his first Grade 1 victory.

After getting placed second in the Kentucky Derby (G1), the colt won the Dwyer Stakes (G3) in his last start before taking the Travers.

His next outing likely will come in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park on September 28. That would be his first test against older runners. His connections could opt to run in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx Racing if they wanted to stick with his division for one more start.

Maximum Security, who became the first horse in the history of the Kentucky Derby (G1) to get disqualified from the win for interference, is the third choice in early Breeders’ Cup Classic betting at Bovada at +800.

The Jason Servis trainee was beaten as the heavy betting favorite in 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 last start.

The colt likely will make his final prep for the Classic in the Pennsylvania Derby.

Game Winner and Thunder Snow are the co-fourth choices in early Breeders’ Cup Classic wagering at +1000.

Game Winner Won Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

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, including a fifth in the Kentucky Derby, before winning the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) in his last outing on July 13.

The colt missed the Travers after spiking a fever and Baffert has not committed the colt to a race, but he still could make the Pennsylvania Derby. Baffert has Improbable and Mucho Gusto who may also make the trip to Parx Racing.

Thunder Snow has earned $16.5 million in his career and has a pair of Dubai World Cup (G1) wins under his belt. He ran third in last year’s Classic.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, it looks as if he will take the same route he did last year to get to the Classic. He was third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and looks likely to prep in this year’s edition as well.

Mare Elate listed at +1400 for Classic

One intriguing contender to keep an eye on is the mare Elate, who may take on the boys in the Classic instead of going in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). She is currently listed at +1400 for the Classic at Bovada while she is +600 for the Distaff.

The mare was second in the Personal Ensign (G1) in her last start at Saratoga on August 24, beaten a nose by Midnight Bisou, who is the early wagering favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at +350.

There are two Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races left for the Classic. The winners of the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Awesome Again each earn an automatic starting berth in the field.

Next up we will take a look at the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey will be covering the Breeders’ Cup for Odds Shark and his full card reports with selections, analysis, fair odds line and wagering recommendations for major tracks can be found daily at turfnsport.com.

2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds
Code Of Honor+600
Maximum Security+800
Game Winner+1000
Thunder Snow+1000
Omaha Beach+1200
Vino Rosso+1600
Catalina Cruiser+2000
Catholic Boy+2000
Gift Box+2000
Sir Winston+2000
Seeking The Soul+2500
War Of Will+2500
Hidden Scroll+3300
Comical Ghost+4000

Odds as of September 5 at Bovada