The last big horse race of the 2018 season takes place this upcoming weekend at Churchill Downs. The Breeders’ Cup Classic odds are out and I have picked the runners I am betting on to Win, Place, and Show. The race starts on Saturday, November 3rd at 5:44 PM ET. You can watch it all go down on NBC and stream it via NBC Sports Live.
2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic Win, Place, Show Picks
- Accelerate +350
- McKinzie +450
- Catholic Boy +700
- West Coast +700
- Mind Your Biscuits +850
- Mendelssohn +1000
- Roaring Lion +1400
- Yoshida +1800
- Thunder Snow +2000
- Collected +3300
- Discreet Lover +3500
- Pavel +4000
- Gunnevera +4000
- Bravazzo +5500
- Seeking The Soul +5500
- Axelrod +6600
- Toast of New York +10000
2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic Win Pick: Roaring Lion +1400
2 of the 4 chalks, Catholic Boy and McKinzie, are 3-year-olds that ran in the United States. Catholic Boy won the Travers while McKinzie won the Pennsylvania Derby. Although both Catholic Boy and McKinzie could run well, the best 3-year-old in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday comes from overseas.
Roaring Lions has won 4 Grade 1 races in a row. He’s been absolutely brilliant tracking pace setters before turning on the jets. He can even run on the lead if the pace is somehow slow in the Classic. What makes him so interesting as the winner is that on top he’s from Kitten’s Joy, an American horse that’s bred great turf and dirt runners. On his mother’s side, we see Street Sense. Street Sense won the 2007 Kentucky Derby.
Roaring Lion might be the best horse in the world. He’ll definitely be the classiest in this race. He’s worth a long look to finish ahead of his rivals on Nov. 3.
2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic Place Pick: Yoshida +1800
Bill Mott took a turf horse named Cigar and turned him into one of the greatest dirt horses to ever run. Mott’s looking for lightning to strike twice with Yoshida. The son of the Japan bred Heart’s Cry was a straight turf horse until he won the Grade 1 Woodward.
Yoshida’s grandsire is the great Sunday Silence, who won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Breeders’ Cup Classic. Yoshida should get lost in the betting, but he’ll have no trouble getting the distance. Plus, he won the Woodward chasing soft fractions.
Take the Mott runner seriously on Saturday.
2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic Show Pick: Thunder Snow +2000
Godolphin owned and Saeed Bin Suroor trained Thunder Snow won the Dubai World Cup over dirt. Since that time, he failed miserably on turf before running lights out to finish second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup to longshot Discreet Lover. Thunder Snow can stay close to frontrunner’s Mendelssohn, Catholic Boy, McKinzie and Accelerate.
If the pace is slow, he’ll get the jump on both Yoshida and Roaring Lion. The pace shouldn’t be too slow, though, meaning Thunder Snow should hang on for third while Roaring Lion and Yoshida battle it out to the wire.