Saturday, Oct. 31, is shaping up as a huge day for sports. Game 4 of the World Series is scheduled for that day. College football will also have its usual slate of games.
Oh, yes, and the Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, will be trying to accomplish something that no other horse has ever accomplished in thoroughbred racing. No horse has won the Triple Crown and has gone on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. American Pharoah will be trying to do that. Because the purse for the Classic is $5 million, 9 other horses have decided to challenge American Pharoah in the race. Let’s take a look at the odds and horses for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic!
2015 Breeders Cup Classic Post Position and Morning Line Odds
1-Tonalist 6/1 – He might be a Belmont only horse. That’s where he’s run his best races, around one-turn at Belmont. Can he carry his game to two-turns at Keeneland?
2-Keen Ice 12/1 – American Pharoah dusted him in the Haskell Invitational. Then, he came back and upset AP in the Travers. Was it Saratoga’s dirt track, or is Keen Ice really that good?
3-Frosted 15/1 – He really improved from the Travers to the Pennsylvania Derby. More improvement could put him right there with AP and Beholder in the stretch.
4-American Pharoah 6/5 – The odds are too short on the Triple Crown winner. This is easily the best field he’s ever faced in his life. He’s also going to have to run the best race of his life if he hopes to win this.
5 – Gleneagles 20/1 – The Classic will be the first time that Gleneagles runs at 1 ¼ miles. If he appreciates the distance and isn’t bothered by the dirt, he could challenge. This guy has won 4 straight Grade 1 races.
6-Effinex 30/1 – He’s sort of a goofy horse. Sometimes, his mind is on racing and he can beat any horse that he faces in any race. Other times, he decides to pack it in and just jog around the track.
7-Smooth Roller 15/1 – The Awesome Again win was great, but you have to question his class and whether or not he really wants to run at 1 ¼ miles. He also might not have the seasoning for such a tough assignment.
8 – Hard Aces 50/1 – He’ll be too far behind the front runners to make a dent in this race. In a $5 million dollar race, fifth place is a nice paycheck.
9-Honor Code 6/1 – Like Hard Aces, the talented closer from Shug McGauhey’s barn may not have what it takes to get up in time. It’s going to be tough to weave around all of the likely traffic without having to go wide around the final turn.
10-Beholder 3/1 – She’s the most talented horse in the world right now. That’s right, the world. Beholder’s win in the 1 ¼ Pacific Classic, her first time against the boys, was awe-inspiring. If American Pharoah can beat her, he’s likely go down as one of the greatest horses of all time.