Breeders’ Cup odds: Taiba makes move among 140 choices

Breeders’ Cup odds: Taiba makes move among 140 choices

A second Grade 1 victory has put Taiba among the shortest-priced futures favorites to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

His win Saturday in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) led an international bookmaker to cut Taiba from 16-1 to 8-1 to win the climactic Nov. 5 race at Keeneland. Trained by Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old colt also won the April renewal of the Santa Anita Derby (G1).

Since last week there were only seven changes among the 140 betting choices listed by Costa Rica-based Bovada for nine Breeders’ Cup races, all for horses who are at least 3 years old.

Classic. One of five Saturday stakes winners sired by Gun Runner, Taiba shared the third-shortest odds for the Classic. Only undefeated Pacific Classic (G1) winner Flightline at 1-2 and Travers (G1) victor Epicenter at 5-1 carry shorter prices. Life Is Good, the likely favorite for Saturday’s Woodward (G1) at Aqueduct, also is 8-1.

BC ClassicNowWasTrainerAge-sex
Flightline  1-2  1-2John Sadler4 c
Epicenter  5-1  5-1Steve Asmussen3 c
Life Is Good  8-1  8-1Todd Pletcher4 c
Taiba  8-116-1Bob Baffert3 c
Olympiad12-112-1Bill Mott4 c
Art Collector14-114-1Bill Mott5 h
Cyberknife16-116-1Brad Cox3 c
Country Grammer18-118-1Bob Baffert5 h
Hot Rod Charlie22-122-1Doug O'Neill4 c
Happy Saver25-125-1Todd Pletcher5 h
Mandaloun25-125-1Brad Cox4 c
Speaker's Corner25-125-1Bill Mott4 c
Zandon25-125-1Chad Brown3 c
Americanrevolution33-133-1Todd Pletcher4 c
Scalding33-133-1Shug McGaughey4 c
Smile Happy33-133-1Kenny McPeek3 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

Sprint. Gunite, another Gun Runner 3-year-old, was shortened from 10-1 to 6-1 to win the six-furlong Sprint. That was after his triumph Saturday in the Harrods Creek at Churchill Downs. His Steve Asmussen-trained stablemate and reigning division champion Jackie’s Warrior remained the plus-135 (6-5) favorite.

BC SprintNowWasTrainerAge-sex
Jackie's Warrior  8-5  8-5Steve Asmussen4 c
Jack Christopher  5-2  5-2Chad Brown3 c
Cody's Wish  7-2  7-2Bill Mott4 c
Gunite  6-110-1Steve Asmussen3 c
Laurel River  8-1  8-1Bob Baffert4 c
Aloha West14-114-1Wayne Catalano5 h
American Theorem16-116-1George Papaprodromou5 r
Pinehurst20-120-1John Terranova3 c

Filly & Mare Sprint. For the second week in a row the odds moved in this division for two horses who have not raced in weeks. Matareya, third last out in the Test (G1), went from 10-1 to 9-1. Ce Ce, who was fifth in the Ballerina Handicap (G1), was cut from 12-1 to 11-1. Ballerina winner Goodnight Olive still was the 3-1 favorite.

BC F&M SprintNowWasTrainerAge-sex
Goodnight Olive  3-1  3-1Chad Brown4 f
Kimari  5-1  5-1Wesley Ward5 m
Just One Time  6-1  6-1Brad Cox4 f
Bell's the One  8-1  8-1Neil Pessin6 m
Obligatory  8-1  8-1Bill Mott4 f
Matareya  9-110-1Brad Cox3 f
Ce Ce11-112-1Michael McCarthy6 m
Becca Taylor16-116-1Steve Miyadi4 f
Bella Sofia16-116-1Rudy Rodríguez4 f

Turf. For the second month in a row, Rebel’s Romance won a Group 1 test in Germany. This time it was his score in the 1 1/2-mile Preis von Europa (G1) that led to his odds being shortened from 12-1 to 8-1 to win the 1 1/2-mile Turf. Coolmore’s 3-year-old Luxembourg, the winner of the Irish Champion (G1), held firm as the 5-1 favorite.

BC TurfNowWasTrainerAge-sex
Luxembourg  5-1  5-1Aidan O'Brien3 c
Yibir  6-1  6-1Charlie Appleby4 g
Mishriff13-213-2John & Thady Gosden5 h
Adayar  7-1  7-1Charlie Appleby4 c
Nations Pride  7-1  7-1Charlie Appleby3 c
Rebel's Romance  8-112-1Charlie Appleby4 g
Botanik10-110-1André Fabre4 g
Vadeni10-110-1Jean-Claude Rouget3 c
Emily Upjohn12-112-1John & Thady Gosden3 f
Gufo14-114-1Christophe Clément5 h
Adhamo16-116-1Chad Brown4 c
Classic Causeway16-116-1Kenny McPeek3 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

Mile. It appears there is a bull market for Modern Games to win again in the Breeders’ Cup. His win in this month’s Woodbine Mile (G1) continued to resonate, with his odds moving from plus 175 (7-4) to plus 150 (3-2) to win the Mile on the Keeneland grass.

BC MileNowWasTrainerAge-sex
Modern Games  3-2  7-4Charlie 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
Homeless Songs10-110-1Dermot Weld3 f
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
Casa Creed14-114-1Bill Mott6 h
Santin14-114-1Brendan Walsh4 c
Smooth Like Strait25-125-1Michael McCarthy5 h
Lusail33-133-1Richard Hannon3 c
Pizza Bianca33-133-1Christophe Clément3 f

Filly & Mare Turf. Eight days after her win in the Jockey Club Oaks Invitational (G1) at Aqueduct, McKulick made a big move from 14-1 to 8-1 to finish first in this 1 3/16-mile race. Dual Group 1 winners Inspiral and Nashwa, both trained by John and Thady Gosden, remained the co-favorites at 7-2.

BC F&M TurfNowWasTrainerAge-sex
Inspiral  7-2  7-2John & Thady Gosden3 f
Nashwa  7-2  7-2John & Thady Gosden3 f
Homeless Songs  6-1  6-1Dermot Weld3 f
War Like Goddess  6-1  6-1Bill Mott5 m
Emily Upjohn  7-1  7-1John & Thady Gosden3 f
Dreamloper  8-1  8-1Ed Walker5 m
McKulick  8-114-1Chad Brown3 f
Saffron Beach  8-1  8-1Jane Chapple-Hyam4 f
Spendarella10-110-1Graham Motion3 f
Tuesday10-110-1Aidan O'Brien3 f
Bleecker Street12-112-1Chad Brown4 f
Regal Glory12-112-1Chad Brown5 m
With the Moonlight12-112-1Charlie Appleby3 f
Haughty14-114-1Chad Brown3 f
Technical Analysis14-114-1Chad Brown4 f
Consumer Spending25-125-1Chad Brown3 f
Dalika25-125-1Al Stall Jr.6 m
Rougir25-125-1Chad Brown4 f
Concert Hall33-133-1Aidan O'Brien3 f

Distaff, Dirt Mile and Turf Sprint. These three divisions were unchanged from last week. Three-time Grade 1 winner Nest was firm at plus 135 (6-5) to win the 1 1/8-mile Distaff. Jack Christopher held steady at 3-2 to win the two-turn Dirt Mile. Triple Group 1 winner Highfield Princess from England continued to be the 2-1 top choice to earn the trophy in the 5 1/2-furlong Turf Sprint.

BC DistaffNowWasTrainerAge-sex
Nest  6-5  6-5Todd Pletcher3 f
Malathaat  9-2  9-2Todd Pletcher4 f
Clairière  6-1  6-1Steve Asmussen4 f
Search Results  8-1  8-1Chad 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 Dirt MileNowWasTrainerAge-sex
Jack Christopher  3-2  3-2Chad Brown3 c
Life Is Good  3-1  3-1Todd Pletcher4 c
Cody's Wish  4-1  4-1Bill Mott4 c
Epicenter  5-1  5-1Steve Asmussen3 c
Olympiad  5-1  5-1Bill Mott4 c
Taiba  5-1  5-1Bob Baffert3 c
Art Collector  7-1  7-1Bill Mott5 h
Country Grammer  8-1  8-1Bob Baffert5 h
Jackie's Warrior10-110-1Steve Asmussen4 c
Hot Rod Charlie12-112-1Doug O'Neill4 c
Speaker's Corner14-114-1Bill Mott4 c
Zandon14-114-1Chad Brown3 c
Americanrevolution16-116-1Todd Pletcher4 c
Happy Saver16-116-1Todd Pletcher5 h
Early Voting20-120-1Chad Brown3 c
Fulsome25-125-1Brad Cox4 c

BC Turf SprintNowWasTrainerAge-sex
Highfield Princess  2-1  2-1John Quinn5 m
Golden Pal  9-4  9-4Wesley Ward4 c
Lieutenant Dan  6-1  6-1Steve Miyadi6 g
Campanelle  7-1  7-1Wesley Ward4 f
Casa Creed  8-1  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

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