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Breeders' Cup Classic 2017 Betting Cheat Sheet

Breeders' Cup Classic 2017 Betting Cheat Sheet

The BC Classic 2017

Like so many major stakes races on dirt in southern California, the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic will run through trainer Bob Baffert. The Hall of Fame conditioner will saddle 4 of the 11 runners in the field - all of them Grade 1 stakes winners. Arrogate, who drew the rail post, is the chief among the quartet having won the 2016 Classic, but he was beaten on the square in his last start by stablemate Collected over the same Del Mar track which plays host to the Breeders' Cup this year.

Baffert's other two runners are the veteran Mubtaahij and three year-old West Coast who won the Awesome Again and Travers Stakes respectively in their last starts - both grade 1 races.

As good a hand as Baffert holds, however, Gun Runner is the horse to beat. The Steve Asmussen trainee won the Stephen Foster, Woodward and Whitney Stakes in succession over the summer, defeating top older males from around the country in dominant fashion. 

The Betting Lines

Odds courtesy of Sports Interaction.

  • Gun Runner (+160)
  • Collected (+550)
  • Churchill (+1600)
  • Diversify (+2500)
  • Pavel (+3300)
  • Gunnevera (+4000)
  • Win The Space (+6600)
  • Arrogate (+225)
  • West Coast (+550)
  • Mubtaahij (+2000)
  • Cupid (+3300)
  • War Decree (+3300)
  • War Story (+6600)

In looking for a short-price favorite to toss, it may be Arrogate. The four year-old sensation will be making his final career start and was thought to be invincible following his wins in the Pegasus World Cup and Dubai World Cup in early 2017.

But no horse is invincible and Arrogate certainly seemed a shadow of his former self this summer, losing the San Diego Handicap and Pacific Classic despite being heavily favored. Both those races were at Del Mar, so it appears Arrogate may not be fond of the surface or just isn't the same freakish horse racing fans saw beat California Chrome at Santa Anita in last year's Classic. 

All signs point to Gun Runner who just doesn't seem to have any chinks in the armor. This horse is fast, consistent and seems to run his race regardless of where he ships. The only question mark for Gun Runner is how he will handle the quirky Del Mar surface.

On this note, Collected has already answered that question with authority winning the Pacific Classic against a top field in August. Handicappers can get creative with their opinions, but there's no doubt this race runs through Gun Runner, Arrogate and Collected. 

The Previous Winners

The BC Classic has provided some of the best theater in horse racing history. With the elite dirt runners from America and a few foreign invaders coming together each year over ten furlongs, the stage is always set for the kind of high drama that comes with any season-ending championship event. Racing legends such as Arrogate (2016), American Pharoah (2015), Blame (2010), Zenyatta (2009) and Curlin (2007) have all won the Classic in recent years, upholding the event as the pinnacle of horse racing in North America and one of the most prestigious races in the world. 

  • 2016: Arrogate
  • 2015: American Pharoah
  • 2014: Bayern
  • 2013: Mucho Macho Man
  • 2012: Fort Larned

The Betting Picks

With dense fields of accomplished and talented horses from North America and abroad, betting the Breeders' Cup races require meticulous preparation and a good wagering game plan. It is also a great time to compare sign-up bonuses and wagering rewards from the top online betting sites to build a sizeable bankroll for the best wagering weekend of the horse racing year.

Breeders' Cup Classic 2017 Picks

  • 1st: Gun Runner
  • 2nd: Collected
  • 3rd: Arrogate
  • 4th: West Coast
  • 5th: Gunnevera  

    The Breeders' Cup Schedule

    13 Breeders' Cup races in two days worth a total of $26.5 million in purses. The biggest betting pools of the year in North America. The most competitive races. The best horses... The list of reasons to get enthusiastically involved in the Breeders' Cup are numerous.

    There's simply nothing like Breeders' Cup weekend, so come November 3 and 4, build your Friday and Saturday plans around these events. 

    • Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Nov 3, 2:25 PT | $1 million
    • Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Nov 3, 3:05 PT | $1 million
    • Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, Nov 3, 3:50 PT | $1 million
    • Breeders' Cup Distaff, Nov 3, 4:35 PT | $2 million
    • Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Nov 4, 12:00 | $2 million
    • Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, Nov 4, 12:37 l $1 million
    • Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Nov 4, 1:14 PT l $1 million
    • Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Nov 4, 2:00 PT l$2 million 
    • Breeders' Cup Sprint, Nov 4, 2:37 PT l $1.5 million 
    • Breeders' Cup Mile, Nov 4, 3:19 PT l $2 million 
    • Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Nov 4, 3:58 PT l $2 million 
    • Breeders' Cup Turf, Nov 4, 4:37 PT l $4 million 
    • Breeders' Cup Classic, Nov 4, 5:35 l $6 million

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