California Chrome won the showdown convincingly over his rivals Beholder and Dortmund in Saturday’s $1 million Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar and his future betting price for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 5 has dropped once again.
The Art Sherman trainee took the Pacific Classic field gate to wire to win by five lengths and he matched his career top Beyer Speed Figure of 113.
He is now perfect in five starts this year including winning the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) in March.
2016 Pacific Classic Replay
His final prep for the Classic likely will come in the $300,000 Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita on Oct. 1. There is added incentive as Del Mar and Santa Anita has offered a horse that wins the Pacific Classic, Awesome Again and Breeders’ Cup Classic a $1 million bonus.
Beholder had to settle for second in the Pacific Classic and saw her future odds for the Classic drift up to 25-2 at Bet Online. The loss was her second in a row, defeated by Stellar Wind in the Clement L. Hirsch (G2) on July 30. That loss snapped an eight race winning streak.
Her next start may come in the $300,000 Zenyatta (G1) on Oct. 1 at Santa Anita. However, her trainer Richard Mandella could opt to send her back to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) instead of taking on the boys again.
Dortmund was expected to vie for the early lead in the Pacific Classic but his jockey Rafael Bejarano elected to rate the colt back in third, where he remained throughout the race, beaten 7 ¼ lengths. His price in Breeders’ Cup Classic wagering has risen to 16-1.
Coming up on Saturday is the $1.25 million Travers at Saratoga which will feature several Classic contenders. Expected to start are Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator and Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Creator.
Breeders Cup Classic Future Odds via Bet Online as of Aug. 22:
American Freedom 40-1
Avanti Bello 120-1
Brody’s Cause 85-1
California Chrome 3-2
Cherry Wine 100-1
Donegal Moon 95-1
Economic Model 80-1
Gun Runner 65-1
Hard Aces 80-1
Keen Ice 35-1
Majestic Harbor 90-1
Mo Tom 95-1
Mor Spirit 80-1
Noble Bird 65-1
Second Summer 70-1
Shaman Ghost 95-1
Soi Phet 95-1
Win the Space 100-1
Governor Malibu 55-1
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