As many horsebetting fans know, the annual Breeders Cup Classic is the last major horse race of the year, and it is fitting that there is such a magnificent field of horses ready to go after the $5 million purse. All eyes are sure to be on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, but if he is to grow his legend status even further, he is going to have to fight off challenges from a number of great horses.
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Predicted Horse Racing Odds for the Breeder’s Cup
American Pharoah is the undeniable favorite in this race, and became an even better bet with Beholder being scratched earlier in the week. He won the Triple Crown with consummate ease, but he is going to have to face some older and experienced horses in this one. AP is a horse that looks to be up for any challenge thrown his way, but let’s take a look at some of the horses that might have the ability to upset his apple cart.
Tonalist is a consistent performer, and he benefits from the inside post position. He is usually content to sit off the pace and strike coming down the stretch, but that rail spot may just encourage jockey Johnny Velasquez to keep him a little further advanced than normal. AP is the one that is going to hit the front, and Tonalist may well just draft in behind him in striking position.
Honor Code is as fast as they come, but he is one who tends to take a little while to get rolling. That means he is likely going to have to come a long way off the pace to run down the front runners. He certainly has the speed to do it, but there are question marks about his ability to do so at a mile and a quarter, which is a distance he has never been asked to run before. A good shot at getting in the money, but a win seems like a real longshot.
As mentioned earlier, it will be American Pharoah who will jet out to the front from the start. The one horse that may well be able to keep pace with him on the backstretch is Keen Ice. Just how hard he goes at it in an effort to press the pace may well dictate what all the other horses in the field do. If he can force AP to run a more honest pace, that may well leave the door open for that late surge from Honor Code. It may also leave enough gas in the tank for Keen Ice to really battle AP for the win in the home stretch.
Frosted and Smooth Roller also have a legitimate shot at getting a share of the huge purse, but I still believe it will be American Pharoah who will get the win. Keen Ice, a late charging Honor Code, and Frosted will make up the rest of the top 4.