The Breeders’ Cup Classic is just weeks away. The prestigious thoroughbred race takes place at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. More than a dozen grade one runners will go head to head over 1 1/4 miles. Additionally, it’s open to horses who are 3-years-old and over.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is widely considered to be the pinnacle of the international horse racing calendar. Accelerate was crowned champion in 2018 after a thrilling run. As we edge closer to the 2019 event, punters are searching for the latest Breeders’ Cup betting predictions.
During this preview, we’ll take a quick look at some of this year’s favorites. We’ll also share our expertise with you and weigh up each horse’s recent form. Here are some of our top picks.
McKinzie – This 4-year-old colt has a glittering resume. He picked up the spoils at the Pennsylvania Derby and Malibu Stakes in 2018. What’s more, he looked extremely strong during his outing at Belmont Park in June. McKinzie is trained by Bob Baffert, who has plenty of experience in this race. Baffert has won the Breeders’ Cup Classic on three occasions. He’ll be extremely confident that this horse can get the job done.
Maximum Security – Racing fans won’t forget Maximum Security in a hurry. This 3-year-old colt was the first horse past the post during the 2019 Kentucky Derby. However, his connections were left heartbroken after he was disqualified for interference. Jason Servis has this horse in great shape. He’s already won the Florida Derby and looked powerful when he ran at the Pegasus Stakes in New Jersey. Keep an eye on his odds. We think the punters will fancy his chances.
Thunder Snow – This Godolphin Racing horse, who is trained by Saeed bin Suroor, is slightly older than the horses mentioned above. However, we certainly wouldn’t rule him out of this race. Christophe Soumillon rode him to victory at the Dubai World Cup earlier in the year. Plenty of UK horse racing tipsters expect this Irish thoroughbred to do well.
However, Thunder Snow did finish behind McKinzie in the Metropolitan Handicap, so perhaps an each-way bet would be suitable.
Omaha Beach – Omaha Beach was the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, but things didn’t quite go to plan. The 3-year-old had to drop out hours before the race through injury. He’s made a handful of appearances this year and picked up a win at the Arkansas Derby. With the right preparation, this horse has every chance of winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Furthermore, we wouldn’t rule out Code of Honor or Game Winner. These horses have bags of potential and can beat anyone on their day. Keep a close eye on the odds and remember to do your own research before placing any wagers. High-odds rank outsiders often win races like this. It’s extremely important to weigh-up all your options.