Breeders’ Cup odds: 84 betting options are posted for 6 races

Breeders’ Cup odds: 84 betting options are posted for 6 races

Undefeated but lightly raced Flightline held firm as the favorite while recent Saratoga winners Life Is Good drifted and Epicenter shortened in fixed-odds futures betting for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

As John Sadler continued to work toward the Sept. 3 Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar, 4-year-old Flightline remained 3-1 on Tuesday morning at one international bookmaker. Those were the same odds the 4-for-4 Tapit colt carried last week.

Life Is Good, the winner 10 days ago of the Whitney (G1), went from 4-1 to 9-2 as the second choice at Bovada. The 4-year-old Into Mischief colt who has a U.S. record of 9: 8-1-0 could start next for trainer Todd Pletcher in the Woodward (G1) on Oct. 1 at Belmont Park.

Epicenter, the 3-year-old Gun Runner colt who won last month in the Jim Dandy (G2), was cut from 9-1 to 7-1 at the Costa Rica-based bookmaker. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up trained by Steve Asmussen is on deck to start Aug. 27 in the Travers (G1) at Saratoga.

These were the international odds Tuesday for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, with last week’s odds shown for horses whose prices changed.

BC ClassicNowWasTrainerSireAge-sex
Flightline  3-1 John SadlerTapit4 c
Life Is Good  9-2  4-1Todd PletcherInto Mischief4 c
Epicenter  7-1  9-1Steve AsmussenNot This Time3 c
Country Grammer10-1 Bob BaffertTonalist5 h
Olympiad12-1 Bill MottSpeightstown4 c
Taiba12-1 Bob BaffertGun Runner3 c
Hot Rod Charlie14-1 Doug O'NeillOxbow4 c
Charge It16-1 Todd PletcherTapit3 c
Cyberknife16-1 Brad CoxGun Runner3 c
Jack Christopher16-1 Chad BrownMunnings3 c
Happy Saver20-1 Todd PletcherSuper Saver5 h
Zandon20-1 Chad BrownUpstart3 c
Americanrevolution25-1 Todd PletcherConstitution4 c
Corniche25-1 Todd PletcherQuality Road3 c
Mandaloun25-1 Brad CoxInto Mischief4 c
Speaker's Corner25-1 Bill MottStreet Sense4 c
Scalding33-1 Shug McGaugheyNyquist4 c
Smile Happy33-1 Kenny McPeekRunhappy3 c
Echo Zulu40-1 Steve AsmussenGun Runner3 f
Fulsome40-1 Brad CoxInto Mischief4 c
Messier40-1 Tim YakteenEmpire Maker3 c
Newgrange40-1 Phil D'AmatoViolence3 c
Tiz the Bomb40-1 Kenny McPeekHit It a Bomb3 c
Dr Post50-1 Todd PletcherQuality Road5 h
We the People50-1 Rodolphe BrissetConstitution3 c

Betting also was available at Bovada on Tuesday in five other Breeders’ Cup divisions, including the just-added market for the Filly & Mare Sprint. With the Ebor Festival going on this week at York, England, wagering was suspended in the Europe-dominated Mile, Filly & Mare Turf and Turf Sprint, although it was left open for the Turf division.

Distaff. Going into Saturday’s Alabama (G1) at Saratoga, Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) winner Nest remained the 9-2 co-favorite in the Distaff. So did 4-year-old Clairière, the Shuvee (G2) victor who is headed to the Personal Ensign (G1) on the same track Aug. 27. Odds were unchanged since last week for the Distaff.

BC DistaffNowTrainerSireAge-sex
Clairière  9-2Steve AsmussenCurlin4 f
Nest  9-2Todd PletcherCurlin3 f
Malathaat  8-1Todd PletcherCurlin4 f
Letruska10-1Fausto GutiérrezSuper Saver6 m
Obligatory10-1Bill MottCurlin4 f
Search Results10-1Chad BrownFlatter4 f
Secret Oath10-1D. Wayne LukasArrogate3 f
Kathleen O.16-1Shug McGaugheyUpstart3 f
Desert Dawn20-1Phil D'AmatoCupid3 f
Echo Zulu20-1Steve AsmussenGun Runner3 f
Matareya25-1Brad CoxPioneerof the Nile3 f

Dirt Mile. The same dozen horses as last week. The same odds. And the same risk in betting Life Is Good (3-1) and Flightline (7-2). Either or both could end up in the Classic instead. The directions they take are unlikely to be confirmed for weeks.

BC Dirt MileNowTrainerSireAge-sex
Life Is Good  3-1Todd PletcherInto Mischief4 c
Flightline  7-2John SadlerTapit4 c
Jack Christopher  7-2Chad BrownMunnings3 c
Taiba  5-1Bob BaffertGun Runner3 c
Jackie's Warrior  8-1Steve AsmussenMaclean's Music4 c
Epicenter  9-1Steve AsmussenNot This Time3 c
Charge It10-1Todd PletcherTapit3 c
Corniche14-1Todd PletcherQuality Road3 c
Early Voting14-1Chad BrownGun Runner3 c
Speaker's Corner14-1Bill MottStreet Sense4 c
Happy Saver20-1Todd PletcherSuper Saver5 h
Aloha West28-1Wayne CatalanoHard Spun5 h

Sprint. Remember that question about which race Flightline will start? Based on his odds shortening from 7-2 to 3-1, it would appear there has been some action on his starting Nov. 5 in the Sprint at Keeneland. At the same time, there was a slight fade on 4-year-old Jackie’s Warrior. Unbeaten in four starts this year and still the Sprint favorite, Asmussen’s Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) winner went from 6-5 to 5-4. Jackie’s Warrior is probable for the Aug. 27 running of the seven-furlong Forego (G1) at Saratoga.

BC SprintNowWasTrainerSireAge-sex
Jackie's Warrior  5-4  6-5Steve AsmussenMaclean's Music4 c
Flightline  3-1  7-2John SadlerTapit4 c
Jack Christopher  8-1 Chad BrownMunnings3 c
Aloha West10-1 Wayne CatalanoHard Spun5 h
Speaker's Corner10-1 Bill MottStreet Sense4 c
Corniche12-1 Todd PletcherQuality Road3 c
C Z Rocket33-1 Peter MillerCity Zip8 g
Sound Money50-1 Chad BrownFlatter4 c
Baby Yoda66-1 Bill MottProspective4 g
War Tocsin66-1 Uriah St. LewisViolence6 g

Turf. It was curious this division remained open for betting. Other grass-race markets were suspended while so many would-be candidates were entered this week for the Juddmonte International (G1), Yorkshire Oaks (G1) and Nunthorpe (G1) at York. What’s more, 5-1 favorite Yibir had what was called a minor setback that prevented him from racing Aug. 27 in the Sword Dancer (G1) at Saratoga. The 18 horses still in play carried the same odds as last week.

BC TurfNowTrainerSireAge-sex
Yibir  5-1Charlie ApplebyDubawi4 g
Mishriff  7-1John & Thady GosdenMake Believe5 h
Adayar  8-1Charlie ApplebyFrankel4 c
Vadeni10-1Jean-Claude RougetChurchill3 c
Broome14-1Aidan O'BrienAustralia6 h
Emily Upjohn14-1John & Thady GosdenSee the Stars3 f
Luxembourg14-1Aidan O'BrienCamelot3 c
Tuesday14-1Aidan O'BrienGalileo3 f
Hurricane Lane16-1Charlie ApplebyFrankel4 c
Adhamo20-1Chad BrownIntello4 c
Bay Bridge20-1Sir Michael StouteNew Bay4 c
Classic Causeway20-1Kenny McPeekGiant's Causeway3 c
New London20-1Charlie ApplebyDubawi3 c
Highland Chief25-1Graham MotionGleneagles5 h
Tribhuvan25-1Chad BrownToronado6 g
Gufo33-1Christophe ClémentDeclaration of War5 h
Rockemperor40-1Chad BrownHoly Roman Emperor6 h
Channel Maker50-1Bill MottEnglish Channel8 h

Filly & Mare Sprint. Matareya and Just One Time, both trained by Brad Cox, and fellow Grade 1 winner Kimari opened joint 5-1 favorites to win this seven-furlong race. The 3-year-old Matareya finished third Aug. 6 in the Test (G1) at Saratoga. Since losing the Derby City Distaff (G1) on May 7, 4-year-old Just One Time has had only one timed workout – none since July 2. Wesley Ward-trained 5-year-old Kimari rebounded from her fifth-place outcome in the Derby City Distaff to win last month’s Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) at Saratoga. Upcoming starts for the three horses were uncertain.

BC F&M SprintNowTrainerSireAge-sex
Just One Time  5-1Brad CoxNot This Time4 f
Kimari  5-1Wesley WardMunnings5 m
Matareya  5-1Brad CoxPioneerof the Nile3 f
Obligatory11-2Bill MottCurlin4 f
Bell's the One15-2Neil PessinMajesticperfection6 m
Ce Ce  8-1Michael McCarthyElusive Quality6 m
Bella Sofia10-1Rudy RodríguezAwesome Patriot4 f
Becca Taylor25-1Steve MiyadiOld Topper4 f

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