Breeders' Cup 2020: Classic Preview & Odds

Breeders' Cup 2020: Classic Preview & Odds
Photo: Benoit

Just when everyone thought the Breeders' Cup Classic was shaping up as an epic match race between Maximum Security and Tiz the Law, the Kentucky Derby and Awesome Again happened. In the span of two weeks, this has suddenly become one of the most wide-open Breeders' Cup Classics in history, thanks to Authentic and Improbable

Most people were ready to write off Improbable at the beginning of this year, especially at distances longer than a mile. Even after back-to-back Grade 1 victories in the Gold Cup and Whitney, the doubters remained and Improbable could be had at odds as high as 14-1 in future books. 

That ship quickly sailed when Improbable drew away from Maximum Security to take the Awesome Again with a 108 Beyer Speed Figure on Saturday. He is down to 9-2, with Maximum Security suddenly available at 8-1. Apparently you are only as good as your last race to bookmakers.

The Classic field will really come into shape this weekend with the Preakness and the Jockey Club Gold Cup defining who will advance to the Breeders' Cup and who will stay home. 

Who's already going: Improbable, Tiz the Law, Maximum Security, Tom's d'Etat, Global Campaign, By My Standards. 

Upcoming preps:

Preakness — Authentic, Art Collector, Max Player, Ny Traffic, Thousand Words.

Jockey Club Gold Cup — Tacitus, Mystic Guide, Happy Saver

Kelso — Code of Honor

HorseClaim to FameNext RaceBest Odds
Improbable3 G1s in a rowBC Classic  9-2
Tiz the LawBelmont & Travers winnerBC Classic  5-1
AuthenticKentucky Derby winnerPreakness  6-1
Maximum Security4 time G1 winner BC Classic   8-1
Tom's d'EtatG1 Clark winnerBC Classic 12-1
Art CollectorBlue Grass winnerPreakness16-1
Benbatl2 time G1 Dubai Turf winnerDoubtful for BC 20-1
Code of Honor2019 Travers winnerKelso20-1
Global CampaignG1 Woodward Stakes winnerBC Classic  20-1
TacitusSuburban winnerJockey Club
Gold Cup
20-1
MaxfieldUndefeated Doubtful for BC25-1
By My Standards3 G2's this yearBC Classic33-1
OwendaleMultiple G3 winnerPimlico Special 33-1 
Max Player3rd in Travers, BelmontPreakness33-1
Ny TrafficClose 2nd in HaskellPreakness33-1
Thousand WordsLos Al Futurity winnerPreakness33-1
Gift Box2019 SA Handicap winnerDoubtful for BC40-1
McKinzie4 time G1 winner Doubtful for BC 50-1 
Mr FreezeG2 winnerMaybe BC Classic50-1
Higher Power2019 Pacific Classic winnerMaybe BC Classic66-1

Sources: Bovada, Oddschecker

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