2009 Breeders' Cup Betting Odds: The Breeders' Cup World Championships has become recognized as the ultimate test of a Thoroughbred's talent and ability, providing a powerful year-end championship over two-days, worth $25.5 million. Ladies' Day for the Breeders' Cup is Friday, when five of the six BC races run that day at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting will be exclusively for female horses. The main event is the Breeders' Cup Classic (Grade I) with a $5,000,000.00 purse for Three-Year-Olds & Up run at 1 1/4 Miles on Saturday, November 7, 2009 (ESPN 6:45 p.m. ET). The 2009 Breeders' Cup Betting Odds makers at Sportsbook.com have Zanyatta at 5-2 odds to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Rip Van Winkle, the favorite in the Classic on Watchmaker's line, is seeking to emulate Raven's Pass, a European who won the 2008 Classic in his first start on a synthetic surface. Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper, has Rip Van Winkle favored at 7-2 . Summer Bird, the nation's leading 3-year-old, at 9-2. Befitting the evenly matched nature of the Classic field, White has six of the 13 runners posted at 12-1. The 2009 Breeders' Cup Betting Odds makers at Sportsbook.com have Mine that Bird at 12-1 odds to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Colonel John ridden by Garrett Gomez, Richard's Kid with jockey Alex Solis, Gio Ponti ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Einstein (BRZ) jockeyed by Julien Leparoux, and Quality Road ridden by John Velazquez are the others at 12-1. The Classic will be the 14th, last, and richest Breeders' Cup race to be run over two days. Two of the Classic runners – Gio Ponti and Quality Road – arrived on Tuesday after a flight from New York.
This is the third year the Breeders' Cup has been held over two days. This marks the fifth time Santa Anita has played host to the Breeders' Cup. It also is the first time the Breeders' Cup has been held at the same site in consecutive years.
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