2019 Breeders Cup Entries And Betting Lines: Take Code Of Honor In Classic
The 2019 thoroughbred racing season has proven to be a wide-open one and that adds further emphasis to the Breeders’ Cup races in tems of determining the horse-of-the-year honor. With three different winners from this year’s Triple Crown races, there really isn’t a frontrunner for the award.
The Breeders Cup 2019 odds will be closely watched during this year’s races on November 1st and 2nd at Santa Anita Park.
In non-Triple Crown years, the Breeders’ Cup has often proven to be the final stamp of approval on a horse’s resume when applying to be the horse of year. A win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic can go a long way to firmly establishing irrefutable credentials for such recognition.
Two horses – Goldikova (Mile 2008, 2009 and 2010) and Beholder (Juvenile Fillies 2012, Distaff 2013 and 2016) share the record of winning three Breeders’ Cup races.
Along with Beholder, Zenyatta (2008 Distaff, 2009 Classic), Secret Circle (2011 Juvenile Sprint, 2013 Sprint) and Stephanie’s Kitten (2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf, 2015 Mare Turf) hold the distinction of winning multiple Breeders’ Cup events. Fifteen other horses won two Breeders’ Cup races.
Mike Smith (26) is the jockey with the most Breeders’ Cup victories. D Wayne Lukas (20) is the trainer who’s sent out the most Breeders’ Cup winners.
Handicapping Breeders' Cup Friday Races
Friday at the Breeders’ Cup is all about the terrific twos. Five races are contested in the juvenile, or two-year-old division. Nyquist, the 2016 Kentucky Derby winner, announced his arrival as a major league contender by winning the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Let’s look at the Breeders Cup entries 2019 for Friday’s races with odds from Bovada.
Juvenile Turf Sprint
Kimari (+300) is 3-1-0 in four starts this year with a bankroll of 241,646. He’ll have Smith up and shows a win in the Indian Summer Stakes, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race.
Irish-bred A’Ali (+400) is 3-1-0 in five starts, with earnings of $216,707. He won the Norfolk Stakes, also a Breeder’s Cup Challenge race. Four Wheel Drive (+600) has won both career starts, including a victory in the Belmont Futurity that got him here.
Juvenile Fillies Turf
Albigna (+500) an Irish horse, has three wins in four starts and a bankroll of $356,371. British-bred Daahyeh (+600) is 3-2-0 in five starts. Abscond (+1000) shows two wins in three trips.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Bast (+275) posted consecutive wins in the Grade 1 Debuntante Stakes and Chandelier Stakes. British Idiom (+500) is two-for-two with $281,250 in the bank. Wicked Whisper (+650) is also 2-0 with a win in the Frizette Stakes.
Trainer Aiden O’Brien’s Irish stable sends out Arizona (+400), 2-1-1 in five starts and Royal Dornoch (+800), 2-1-1 in seven starts . Decorated Invader (+600) is 2-1-0 in three starts, with a win in the Summer Stakes.
Baffert trainee Eight Rings (+275) has two wins in three starts, $216,951 in earnings and a victory in the American Pharoah Stakes.
Dennis’ Moment (+350) also shows two wins in three stakes and won the Iroquois Stakes.
Maxfield (+350) is unbeaten in two starts, won the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and has banked $354,412.
Handicapping Breeders' Cup Saturday Races
Come out on top of the Breeders’ Cup Classic odds and chances are you’ll also be picking up the horse of the year award. That was the case every year between 2004-07.
In 2009 Zenyatta became the first and only female horse to win the Classic. In 2015, American Pharoah was the first and only horse to win the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic in the same year.
Let’s look at the Breeders’ Cup odds for Saturday’s races, with lines from Bovada.
Flliy And Mare Sprint
With four wins from five starts and over $500,000 in earnings, it’s hard to forget Covfefe (+300). And yet here comes Guarana (+600), 3-1-0 in four starts and a bankroll of $879,400. Come Dancing (+350) has over $1 million in career earnings and eight wins in 13 starts.
Pee Wee Reese (+350) has won both of his 2019 starts. Eddie Haskell (+600) has hit the board in all eight trips this year (4-3-1). Stormy Liberal (+1000) has more than $2 million in career earnings but is winless this year.
Catalina Cruiser (+300) will seek redemption. His only career loss was in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Omaha Beach (+350) is 4-1-0 in five starts and has banked $1.24 million.
But his handlers might opt for the Classic or the Sprint. Mitole (+400) is 5-0-1 in six starts with earnings of $1.656 million. But he’s a much better fit in the Sprint.
Flliy And Mare Turf
Sistercharlie (+175) is 10-3-0 in 14 starts and shows earnings over $3.4 million. Uni (+600) is 2-0-1 in three 2019 starts. Villa Marina (+800) is 3-2-2 in eight career trips.
Known as the Little Rocket, Imperial Hint (+300) is 2-0-2 in four starts this year. He’s banked over $2 million in his career. Mitole (+225) put together a seven-race win streak.
But he lost to Imperial Hint in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga. Omaha Beach (+400) would contend if his handlers opt to put him in here.
A 10-0-2 lifetime slate and $4.88 million in earnings make Bricks And Mortar (+450) a formidable foe. Circus Maximus (+500) banked over $1 million from three wins in six 2019 starts. Filly Got Stormy (+1000) beat the boys in the Fourstardave (G1) at Saratoga. She’s 3-2-1 in six 2019 trips.
Midnight Bisou (+135) is five-for-five in 2019, with earnings of $1.45 million. Dunbar Road (+600) is 4-1-1 in six starts this year. Elate (+600) is 2-3-1 in six 2019 starts. She was fourth in the 2017 Distaff.
Magical (+400) is 4-3-0 in eight starts this year, with a bankroll of $1.88 million. Waldgeist (+500) counts the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe among his three wins in five 2019 starts. He’s earned $3.67 million this year. Sottsass (+500) was third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and also has won three times in five trips.
Heading the Breeders’ Cup Classic odds is McKinzie (+350). Trainer Baffert insists until an injury, McKinzie was better than stablemate and 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify.
Kentucky Derby runner-up Code Of Honor (+400) has grown stronger as the year progressed. Vino Rosso (+800) won the Wood Memorial.
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