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Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe Futures
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Future Odds
The surprising superstar of the 2017 European flat racing season has been the three-year-old filly Enable, and just a quick glance at her recent achivements leave no doubt as to why she's the unsurprising 1-1 favorite in Bovada's future bets for the Arc.
Never mind that she won both the (G1) UK Oaks and (G1) Irish Oaks earlier in the year against other fillies her age, and instead consider that last out she went up against some of the best colts of any age racing in Europe and won handily in the (G1) King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. She's won three straight at the Arc distance, she's won on both firm and soft surfaces and she's won both from running on the lead and coming off the pace.
Simply put, she's the complete package and clearly the one to beat. But having said all of that, the fun of making a future bet is to try and beat the favorite at long odds, so we'll take a look at a few that catch the eye for one reason or another off the Future Bets list. Keep in mind entries for the race won't be official until September 28th.
Contenders for the 2017 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Second choice in the Futures, Irish-bred Ulysses has been first or second in his last seven starts, with three wins. The last four of those have been at the Group 1 level, and he's won two. It's of note that his defeat two starts back to Enable was at the Arc distance of 12 furlongs, and most of his wins have come at 10 furlongs, but he does have a win at the distance going back to July of last year. Based on his form, and the fact people will always be looking for the next best bet behind a big favorite, expect his odds to drop from this come race day.
Lightly raced three-year-old has moved up from third to second to first in his last three starts and took the (G2) Great Voltiguer Stakes at 11.9 furlongs last time out. He looked very solid pulling away from the field in the stretch for that win, and although he was running at a slightly lower level than he will face here, it wouldn't be a surprise to see his odds drift down from here when they go to the gate. A very intriguing option at anything near this price.
Satono Diamond (10-1)
Japanese-bred has won everything and anything on his home turf, and his connections have high hopes for him in Europe. He's set to make one final prep race before the Arc, and the result of that will go a long way to showing how he fits in here. If he fails to win, it would be very difficult to like him in the Arc even at double-digits, because the fact is Japan-breds have simply not shown they can compete with the best of Europe on a consistant basis.
Highland Reel (12-1)
North American race fans may know him as the winner of the 2016 Breeder's Cup Turf, while across the pond he's made his name as the runner-up in this race last year, and the winner of three Group 1 events in his last eight starts, all at the 12 furlong distance. He had every chance to beat Enable last out and could do no better than fourth, and that result just might move his odds a bit higher for the Arc, but even this price is tempting for a serious top-three contender.
Thunder Snow (33-1)
Makes this list as another that is familiar to US race fans, as he came to the 2017 Kentucky Derby as a bit of a wise guy pick based on his win in the UAE Derby and a lot of pre-race hype. But when they broke from the gate at Churchill he started to buck and refused to run in the sloppy dirt and his North American debut was over. He's a talented colt who has a recent win over the track, but he's only run once at a distance further than eight furlongs, and if you like him, he could be double these odds if he runs in the Arc.
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