Breeders’ Cup odds: Life Is Good shortens; see 138 choices

Breeders’ Cup odds: Life Is Good shortens; see 138 choices

It might not have been as impressive as his previous victories, but for Life Is Good, a win is a win. That appeared to be how the betting market reacted to his triumph in the slop Saturday in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Aqueduct.

The 4-year-old Into Mischief colt shortened from 8-1 to 7-1, the sole third choice in international betting to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5 at Keeneland.

While Flightline remained the 1-2 favorite to win the $6 million race, there were eight changes underneath him in the odds updated Sunday by the Costa Rica betting site Bovada.

Seven of the nine races for 3-year-olds and up had changes in their prices Sunday.

Classic. Defunded, who won the Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita on Saturday, and Rich Strike, who was a close second to Hot Rod Charlie in the Lukas Classic (G2) at Churchill Downs, made their first appearances in the market for the 1 1/4-mile, $6 million race. Defunded opened at 12-1, the co-fifth choice. Rich Strike joined the crowd at 18-1. Their additions and the dropping of Mandaloun and Scalding kept the number of Classic betting choices at 23.

 BC Classic  Now  Was Trainer Age-sex
Flightline  1-2  1-2John Sadler4 c
Epicenter  5-1  5-1Steve Asmussen3 c
Life Is Good  7-1  8-1Todd Pletcher4 c
Taiba  8-1  8-1Bob Baffert3 c
Defunded12-1 Bob Baffert4 g
Olympiad12-112-1Bill Mott4 c
Hot Rod Charlie14-122-1Doug O'Neill4 c
Art Collector18-114-1Bill Mott5 h
Cyberknife18-116-1Brad Cox3 c
Rich Strike18-1 Eric Reed3 c
Country Grammer22-118-1Bob Baffert5 h
Happy Saver25-125-1Todd Pletcher5 h
Zandon25-125-1Chad Brown3 c
Americanrevolution33-133-1Todd Pletcher4 c
Smile Happy33-133-1Kenny McPeek3 c
Speaker's Corner33-125-1Bill Mott4 c
Echo Zulu40-140-1Steve Asmussen3 f
Fulsome40-140-1Brad Cox4 c
Messier40-140-1Tim Yakteen3 c
Newgrange40-140-1Phil D'Amato3 c
Dr Post50-150-1Todd Pletcher5 h
Tiz the Bomb50-150-1Kenny McPeek3 c
We the People50-150-1Rodolphe Brisset3 c
Mandaloun 25-1Brad Cox4 c
Scalding 33-1Shug McGaughey4 c

Dirt Mile. Most of the moves underneath the firm 3-2 odds for Jack Christopher involved horses who do not appear bound for this one-turn race. Life Is Good drifted to 7-2 but stayed on the board even after trainer Todd Pletcher said the Classic was the likely target. The same went for Taiba and Epicenter, who remained open for bets since they had not been ruled out of the Classic.

 BC Dirt Mile  Now  Was Trainer Age-sex
Jack Christopher  3-2  3-2Chad Brown3 c
Life Is Good  7-2  3-1Todd Pletcher4 c
Cody's Wish  4-1  4-1Bill Mott4 c
Taiba  9-2  5-1Bob Baffert3 c
Olympiad  5-1  5-1Bill Mott4 c
Epicenter  6-1  5-1Steve Asmussen3 c
Art Collector  7-1  7-1Bill Mott5 h
Country Grammer10-1  8-1Bob Baffert5 h
Jackie's Warrior10-110-1Steve Asmussen4 c
Hot Rod Charlie12-112-1Doug O'Neill4 c
Zandon14-114-1Chad Brown3 c
Americanrevolution16-116-1Todd Pletcher4 c
Early Voting20-120-1Chad Brown3 c
Speaker's Corner20-114-1Bill Mott4 c
Happy Saver22-116-1Todd Pletcher5 h
Fulsome25-125-1Brad Cox4 c

Filly & Mare Sprint. While Goodnight Olive stayed put as the 3-1 favorite, Kimari shortened from 5-1 to 4-1 on the strength of her win last Sunday in the Gallant Bloom (G2) at Aqueduct. Echo Zulu opened at 5-1 after her comeback score in the Dogwood (G3) at Churchill Downs on Sept. 24.

 BC F&M Sprint  Now Was TrainerAge-sex
Goodnight Olive  3-1  3-1Chad Brown4 f
Kimari  4-1  5-1Wesley Ward5 m
Echo Zulu  5-1 Steve Asmussen3 f
Bell's the One  6-1  8-1Neil Pessin6 m
Just One Time  6-1  6-1Brad Cox4 f
Obligatory  8-1  8-1Bill Mott4 f
Matareya10-1  9-1Brad Cox3 f
Ce Ce12-111-1Michael McCarthy6 m
Becca Taylor16-116-1Steve Miyadi4 f
Bella Sofia16-116-1Rudy Rodríguez4 f

Turf. With commitments from Europe still being finalized, three horses from across the Atlantic were cut to tepid, 5-1 joint favorites. Nations Pride, who had two U.S. graded-stakes wins this summer, and Rebel’s Romance, whose four-race winning streak includes a pair of Group 1 races in Germany, would represent Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby. Vadeni came into the mix with his second-place finish Sunday in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1).

 BC Turf  Now  Was Trainer Age-sex
Nations Pride  5-1  7-1Charlie Appleby3 c
Rebel's Romance  5-1  8-1Charlie Appleby4 g
Vadeni  5-110-1Jean-Claude Rouget3 c
Adayar  6-1  7-1Charlie Appleby4 c
Pyledriver  7-1 W. Muir & C. Grassick5 h
Mishriff  8-113-2John & Thady Gosden5 h
Emily Upjohn12-112-1John & Thady Gosden3 f
Gufo12-114-1Christophe Clément5 h
Botanik14-110-1André Fabre4 g
Adhamo16-116-1Chad Brown4 c
Hurricane Lane16-116-1Charlie Appleby4 c
Santin16-116-1Brendan Walsh4 c
Tuesday16-116-1Aidan O'Brien3 f
Bay Bridge20-120-1Sir Michael Stoute4 c
Broome20-120-1Aidan O'Brien6 h
New London20-120-1Charlie Appleby3 c
Classic Causeway25-116-1Kenny McPeek3 c
Luxembourg   5-1Aidan O'Brien3 c
Yibir   6-1Charlie Appleby4 g

Filly & Mare Turf. Nashwa was upset in Sunday in the Prix de l’Opêra (G1) in Paris, but her runner-up result on the very soft ground burnished her position as the favorite for the 1 3/16-mile race at Keeneland. The 3-year-old Frankel filly shortened from 7-2 (plus 350) to 11-4 (plus 275). Former co-favorite Inspiral, a stablemate of Nashwa also trained by John and Thady Gosden, drifted to 5-1. She has been idle since she won the Marois (G1) in August at Deauville, France.

 BC F&M Turf Now Was Trainer Age-sex
Nashwa11-4  7-2John & Thady Gosden3 f
Inspiral  5-1  7-2John & Thady Gosden3 f
Tuesday  7-110-1Aidan O'Brien3 f
Emily Upjohn  8-1  7-1John & Thady Gosden3 f
Dreamloper  9-1  8-1Ed Walker5 m
McKulick10-1  8-1Chad Brown3 f
Saffron Beach10-1  8-1Jane Chapple-Hyam4 f
Spendarella10-110-1Graham Motion3 f
War Like Goddess10-1  6-1Bill Mott5 m
Regal Glory12-112-1Chad Brown5 m
With the Moonlight12-112-1Charlie Appleby3 f
Haughty14-114-1Chad Brown3 f
Technical Analysis14-114-1Chad Brown4 f
Bleecker Street16-112-1Chad Brown4 f
Dalika16-125-1Al Stall Jr.6 m
Homeless Songs20-1  6-1Dermot Weld3 f
Consumer Spending25-125-1Chad Brown3 f
Rougir25-125-1Chad Brown4 f
Concert Hall33-133-1Aidan O'Brien3 f

Mile. Modern Games still was the 3-2 favorite to become a two-time Breeders’ Cup winner, and there was only one change beneath him in the market for this race. Casa Creed drifted from 14-1 to 20-1 in spite of a last-out victory in the Fourstardave Handicap (G1) and five consecutive weekly workouts at Saratoga for trainer Bill Mott.

 BC Mile   Now Was Trainer Age-sex
Modern Games  3-2  3-2Charlie Appleby3 c
Inspiral  6-1  6-1John & Thady Gosden3 f
Real World  7-1  7-1Saaed bin Suroor5 h
Songline  7-1  7-1Toru Hayashi4 f
My Prospero  8-1  8-1William Haggas3 c
Native Trail10-110-1Charlie Appleby3 c
Spendarella10-110-1Graham Motion3 f
Ivar12-112-1Paulo Lobo5 h
Maljoom12-112-1William Haggas3 c
Tenebrism12-112-1Aidan O'Brien3 f
Santin14-114-1Brendan Walsh4 c
Casa Creed20-114-1Bill Mott6 h
Smooth Like Strait25-125-1Michael McCarthy5 h
Lusail33-133-1Richard Hannon3 c
Pizza Bianca33-133-1Christophe Clément3 f
Homeless Songs 10-1Dermot Weld3 f

Turf Sprint. Flying Five (G1) winner Highfield Princess of England still was the 2-1 favorite for this 5 1/2-furlong dash. Behind her, three U.S. horses found their odds getting longer. Lieutenant Dan went from 6-1 to 7-1, Campanelle from 7-1 to 8-1 and Casa Creed from 8-1 to 10-1.

 BC Turf Sprint Now Was Trainer Age-sex
Highfield Princess  2-1  2-1John Quinn5 m
Golden Pal  9-4  9-4Wesley Ward4 c
Lieutenant Dan  7-1  6-1Steve Miyadi6 g
Campanelle  8-1  7-1Wesley Ward4 f
Casa Creed10-1  8-1Bill Mott6 h
Big Invasion11-111-1Christophe Clément3 c
Emaraaty Ana14-114-1Kevin Ryan6 g
Arrest Me Red16-116-1Wesley Ward4 c
A Case of You20-120-1Kate DeMasi3 f
Creative Force20-120-1Charlie Appleby4 g
King's Lynn20-120-1Andrew Balding5 g
Naval Crown20-120-1Charlie Appleby4 c
Gear Jockey25-125-1Rusty Arnold5 h
Perfect Power25-125-1Richard Fahey3 c
Royal Aclaim 25-125-1James Tate3 f
Mooneista50-150-1Jack Davison4 f

Distaff and Sprint. There were no changes in the markets for these two races. Nest, who is due back Saturday in the Beldame (G2) at Aqueduct, still was the 6-5 (actually plus 135) favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Distaff. Reigning division champion Jackie’s Warrior held firm at 8-5 (plus 165) to win the six-furlong Sprint.

 BC Distaff Now Was Trainer Age-sex
Nest  6-56-5Todd Pletcher3 f
Malathaat  9-29-2Todd Pletcher4 f
Clairière  6-16-1Steve Asmussen4 f
Search Results  8-18-1Chad Brown4 f
Goodnight Olive10-110-1Chad Brown4 f
Letruska10-110-1Fausto Gutiérrez6 m
Blue Stripe16-116-1Marcelo Polanco5 m
Kathleen O.16-116-1Shug McGaughey3 f
Obligatory16-116-1Bill Mott4 f
Secret Oath16-116-1D. Wayne Lukas3 f
Shedaresthedevil16-116-1Brad Cox5 m
Desert Dawn20-120-1Phil D'Amato3 f
Echo Zulu20-120-1Steve Asmussen3 f
Matareya25-125-1Brad Cox3 f
 BC Sprint Now Was Trainer Age-sex
Jackie's Warrior  8-58-5Steve Asmussen4 c
Jack Christopher  5-25-2Chad Brown3 c
Cody's Wish  7-27-2Bill Mott4 c
Gunite  6-16-1Steve Asmussen3 c
Laurel River  8-18-1Bob Baffert4 c
Aloha West14-114-1Wayne Catalano5 h
American Theorem16-116-1George Papaprodromou5 r
Pinehurst20-120-1John Terranova3 c

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