Breeders' Cup Classic 2021: Latest odds and preview

Breeders' Cup Classic 2021: Latest odds and preview
Photo: Chelsea Durand/NYRA

Brad Cox is sitting on a strong hand in the 2021 Breeders' Cup Classic, with Knicks Go and Essential Quality as the two clear favorites in the race. Global oddsmakers have Knicks Go at 5-2 and Essential Quality at 4-1, but one could debate that on the basis of his 8-for-9 lifetime record, Essential Quality could be favored by post time.

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Waiting to face the Cox trainees are a host of challengers led by Hot Rod Charlie, Medina Spirit, Art Collector, Max Player, Happy Saver and Maxfield.  

From a pace perspective, there could be a fair amount of speed in the race to go with Knicks Go. Medina Spirit, Hot Rod Charlie, Art Collector, Happy Saver and Express Train are all pace types, which could set up an interesting dynamic at a mile and a quarter. 

Following the top group are some longer-priced contenders that have may have affinity for this trip. Tripoli and Dr Post ran first and third in the Pacific Classic (G1) over this same track and distance, while Idol won the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) going 10 furlongs at Santa Anita in March. And Express Train won the San Diego Handicap (G2) at Del Mar going 1 1/16 miles in July but faded to sixth in the Pacific Classic.  

Also under consideration is Stilleto Boy, who most recently finished second in the Awesome Again behind Medina Spirit. 

Below is a listing of Classic contenders along with the best odds from a survey of international bookmakers. 

CLASSICBest oddsNotes
Knicks Go7-2Won BC Dirt Mile, Pegasus, 7 of last 9
Essential Quality9-2Won Belmont, Travers, 8 of 9 lifetime
Art Collector8-1Won Woodward in last, 3-race win streak
Hot Rod Charlie10-1Won PA Derby, 2nd in Belmont, 3rd in Derby
Medina Spirit10-1Ky Derby winner (for now)
Max Player10-1Won Jockey Club Gold Cup, Suburban last 2
Happy Saver16-1Won 2020 Jockey Club Gold Cup, 5 of 7 life
Maxfield20-17 of 10 lifetime, 2nd in Woodward, Whitney
Tripoli28-1Won Pac Classic on this surface, distance
Dr Post40-13rd in Woodward, Pac Classic in last two
Express Train40-1Won G2 San Diego, San Pasqual this year
Idol40-1Won Big Cap, 6th in Awesome Again 10/2
Stilleto Boy75-1Iowa Derby winner, 2nd in Awesome Again

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