This year’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic drew a strong field of runners led by the Bob Baffert trainee Game On Dude, who is the 8-5 morning favorite for the marquee event of the two-day championship event at Santa Anita on November 1-2.
Over the past six months, we have seen 67 Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races to help determine the fields for the Breeders’ Cup races.
Over the two-day event, there are 14 championship races, but none as big as the Classic. If Game On Dude is able to win the Classic, he will lock up Horse of the Year honors.
The gelding ran second in the Classic in 2011 and last year was a disappointing seventh as the betting favorite.
Let’s break down the field for this year’s Classic. The power rankings take into account the race records, speed figures, race shape, along with a variety of other handicapping angles, but most importantly betting value.
The average payoff of the first 29 Classic winners is $29 for a $2 wager. Who wants to bet the chalk?
(Updated after scratch of Ron the Greek)
Morning line odds from breederscupodds.net