When it comes to betting on Breeders’ Cup Classic, there is no way to separate Essential Quality from Knicks Go. One international bookmaker made Brad Cox and Knicks Go the co-favorites less than 12 weeks prior to the Del Mar $6 million race.
The 4-1/2-length win in the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga this month saw 5-year-old Knicks Go cut from 8-1 to 5-1 by Bovada, a Costa Rica-based company. He was now on the same level as Essential Quality, who finished at 5-1 in the Belmont Stakes despite winning last month’s Jim Dandy.
Bovada has made futures betting available on the nine Breeders Cup races for 3-year olds and older this summer. These races will be held at Del Mar on Nov. 6.
Happy Saver, who is one of the best bettors in the world, was the most curious. His odds were reduced from 12-1 to 7-1. This was despite the Todd Pletcher-trained 4 year-old’s third place finish in Suburban (G2).
Below are the current Bovada odds, with July 26 prices in parentheses.
Although he lost Saturday’s Mister D. Stakes at Arlington Park as the odds-on favourite, Chad Brown-trained Domestic Spending remained steady in the betting for the $4,000,000 Turf. With his Aug. 7 score in the Saratoga Derby Invitational, (G1), State of Rest, an Irish-bred colt, was able to move into the futures.
The $2 million Distaff will continue to feature six of the shortest-priced mares and fillies. Letruska is the 5-2 favorite despite being absent from racing since June 26th’s Fleur de Lis victory at Churchill Downs. Fausto Gutierrez, the trainer of the mare at five years old, will point her to the Personal Ensign(G1) on August 28 at Saratoga.
Poetic Flare and Palace Pier finished a neck-and-neck apart in Sunday’s mile-long Prix Jacques le Marois in France (G1). They were the top two options for the $2 million Mile. After a month of recovery from a blood disorder, Palace Pier, a 4-year-old, was ready to redeem herself.
Nashville is the favorite, it’s no surprise. Although the colt, aged four years old, is not a racer or has had timed work this year, she remains at 6-1. Bella Sofia won the Test (G1) at Saratoga last weekend, putting her on the board at 8-1. Rudy Rodriguez could guide her to the Filly & Mare Sprint.
Filly & Mare Turf
Even though she won last month’s Irish Oaks (G1) at the Curragh the Coolmore 3-year old filly Snowfall fell from 2-1 to 5-2 in the $2 million Filly & Mare Turkf. After winning the Beverly D. (G1) at Arlington Park on Saturday, Santa Barbara was also trained by Aidan O’Brien.
Silver State was the favorite, even though he placed third in the Whitney. Knicks Go won the Whitney, which was favored and is now more likely to be in the Classic than the $1million Dirt Mile. Jackie’s Warrior was the most impressive, moving from 12-1 to 5-1 following his victory at Saratoga’s Aug. 1 renewal.
The 2021 Quick Call (G3) at Saratoga saw a triumphant debut by Golden Pal, a 3-year old colt trained and ridden by Wesley Ward. He was shortened from 5-2 to 9-4 to win $1 million Turf Sprint. Starman, a 4-year-old English colt, entered the fray at 8-1. He won the July Cup at Newmarket and placed third in the Maurice de Gheest(G1) last Sunday in France.
Filly & Mare Sprint
Gamine did not fire two bullets in her two last workouts. However, the Eclipse Award-winning 4-year old filly drifted from +165 down to 2-1 to win $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint. Bella Sofia, the Test winner, was the 5-2 second choice. However she could be up against male competitors in the Sprint.Last Updated on October 2, 2021