Breeders’ Cup Odds Update: American Pharoah Solid Classic Favorite

Beholder is the second choice in early wagering for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Beholder is the second choice in early wagering for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) (Photo credit: Breeders’ Cup Ltd.)

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been the wagering favorite for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) for months and not even a loss in the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga in his last start has horseplayers wavering on his chances.

Bovada has the Bob Baffert trainee listed at 6-4 in early Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) wagering with less than a week to go before the colt’s final race of his career. He will be heading to the breeding shed after Saturday’s race.

The colt has remained the solid wagering choice despite his loss in the Travers, which was his first defeat since his debut last August at Del Mar over polytrack. He had won eight in a row including a career best Beyer Speed Figure winning the Haskell Invitational (G1) in his first start after winning the Triple Crown.

Beholder remains the second choice in early Classic wagering and appears to be back on track after spiking a fever on Tuesday after shipping in from California. The mare is the 7-2 second choice at Bovada.

She has won six races in a row including defeating makes in the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar in August. Her final prep was an easy win in the Zenyatta (G1) at Santa Anita on Sept. 26. She has won 15 of her 20 career starts but has not raced over the Keeneland main track.

Tonalist’s price has drifted down to 6-1, making him the third choice in early Classic wagering at Bovada. The 2014 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner was fifth in last year’s Classic and comes into the race off a win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park.

Bovada is offering advance wagering on all of the Breeders’ Cup races. One of the heaviest favorites in Golden Horn at 8-15 for the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).

Trained by John Gosden, who has won four Breeders’ Cup races with overseas shippers, has won seven of his eight career starts including four Group 1 races.

The European invader Esoterique is the 7-2 early betting favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). Trained by Andrew Fabre, the five-year-old mare has won six of her 16 career starts including back-to-back Group 1 races.

Beholder is listed as the 6-4 betting favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Bovada, but if all goes but she will be pointed toward a date with the boys in the Classic.

That will leave Wedding Toast as the wagering choice, currently at 3-1 at Bovada. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee has won three in a row, taking the Beldame Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park in her last start.

For early wagering on all of the Breeders’ Cup races go to Bovada.

Breeders’ Cup Classic

American Pharoah   6-4

Beholder   7-2

Tonalist     6-1

Honor Code   7-1

Keen Ice   10-1

Gleneagles   12-1

Smooth Roller   12-1

Frosted   14-1

Hard Aces   50-1

Effinex   50-1


Breeders’ Cup Turf

Golden Horn   8-15

Found   3-1

Big Blue Kitten  12-1

The Pizza Man   12-1

Slumber   20-1

Twilight Eclipse   25-1

Big John B   33-1

Da Big Hoss   33-1

Red Rifle   33-1

Ordak Dan   40-1

Cage Fighter   50-1

Shining Copper   50-1


Breeders Cup Mile

Esoterique   7-2

Make Believe   9-2

Time Test   5-1

Impassable   9-1

Karakontie   11-1

Tepin   14-1

Mondialiste   16-1

War Envoy   16-1

Grand Arch   18-1

Lea   18-1

Bawina   18-1

Obviously   20-1

Mshawish   20-1

Tourist   28-1

Recepta   40-1

Midnight Storm   50-1


Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Private Zone   9-4

Runhappy   5-1

Salutos Amigos   12-1

La Verdad   12-1

Masochistic   14-1

Wild Dude   16-1

Palace   16-1

Appealing Tale   16-1

Favorite Tale   16-1

Stallwalkin Dude   20-1

Barbados   25-1

Kobes Back   25-1

Big Macher   25-1

Ivan Fallunovalot   25-1

Limousine Liberal   25-1

Holy Boss   33-1

Alsvid   50-1

Jimmy Bouncer   50-1

Holy Lute   50-1

Nates Mineshaft   66-1

Gentlemens Bet   66/1


Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Beholder   6-4

Wedding Toast   3-1

Sheer Drama   8-1

Im A Chatterbox   9-1

Untapable   10-1

Got Lucky   10-1

Stellar Wind   11-1

Stopchargingmaria   14-1

Curalina   14-1

My Sweet Addiction   20-1

Frivolous   25-1

Calamity Kate   25-1

Warrens Veneda   25-1

Yahilwa   33-1

Peace and War   40-1

Salama   66-1


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