The winner of the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita on Saturday will become the early betting favorite for next spring’s Kentucky Derby (G1) and a familiar face may saddle the winner.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send out Eight Rings, the current +200 favorite for the Juvenile at [custom:bovada-link]. Baffert has won the Juvenile four times, including last year with Game Winner.
Baffert is no stranger in Kentucky either, a five-time winner of the Run for the Roses and a two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer.
Eight Rings +200 to Win Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Eight Rings showed talent in his debut, drawing off to win by 6 ¼ lengths on August 4. He came back in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) where he was sent off as the betting favorite but ducked in soon after the start, dumping his jockey.
The colt returned to stamp his ticket to the Juvenile by winning the American Pharoah (G1) over the Santa Anita main track.
Currently Eight Rings is the second choice in early Kentucky Derby wagering at [custom:bovada-link] at +1400.
The early favorite for the Kentucky Derby is Dennis’ Moment at +1200. The Dale Romans trainee also has three starts under his belt and one in which the jockey failed to make the trip.
In his debut at Churchill Downs in June, the colt clipped heels, sending jockey Robby Albarado to the dirt. The colt came back a month later to break his maiden by 19 ¼ lengths.
The colt made his stakes debut in the Iroquois (G3) where he won by 1 ¾ lengths, but he did it pretty easily and the margin could have been much larger.
Early Kentucky Derby Favorite Second in Juvenile Odds
Despite being the early Kentucky Derby favorite, the son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow is currently the second choice at [custom:bovada-link] in Juvenile betting at +225.
The third choice in Juvenile betting at +250 (and third choice in early Derby betting at +1400) is Maxfield.
Trained by Brendan Walsh, the colt overcame a tardy start to win the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland in his second career start.
The Juvenile field was reduced by one on Saturday as American Pharoah runner-up American Theorem will skip the race. His trainer George Papaprodromou told The Daily Racing Form, “I don’t feel my horse is 100 percent.”
Other top contenders pointing toward the Juvenile are Iroquois runner-up Scabbard (+900), impressive maiden winner Anneau d’Or (+1600) and Del Mar Futurity runner up Wrecking Crew (+2500).
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.
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Odds as of October 28 at Bovada
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