The Breeders’ Cup World Championships are set for this Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, and the cherry on top of the Horse Racing sundae is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will run Saturday and should see Accelerate, West Coast, Catholic Boy and McKinzie all fighting it out with Triple Crown winner and the unbeaten Justify retired.
What: Breeders’ Cup Classic
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
Distance: 1¼ miles (2,000 meters)
Purse: $6 million
Qualification: 3-year-olds and up
Post Time: 5:44 pm EDT/2:44 pm PDT (NBC)
The 35th Breeders' Cup World Championships will run Friday and Saturday (Nov. 2-3) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky with the biggest race of Horse Racing’s biggest weekend in North America—the Breeders’ Cup Classic—set to go on Saturday at the historic Bluegrass State track which may see some soft grounds with Rain in the forecast this week.
The odds favorite at Futures books for the big race has been 5-year-old Accelerate (9-5-5 in 21 career Starts), owned by Hronis Racing LLC and trained by John Sadler and the winner in the 6-horse 2018 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 29 (1:50.38) with Joel Rosario in saddle in a race that saw the Bob Baffert-trained West Coast (6-5-1 in 12 career Starts) finishing in 2nd place (after a 6-month layoff) with Mike Smith as his jockey.
With Sadler having yet to win a Breeders’ Cup race and some deeming the chestnut Accelerate (Top Equibase Speed Figure 126) as just a Pacific Coast Time Zone phenomenon, the jury is still out on this Eclipse Award candidate who has already beaten West Coast and Pavel (3-1-1 in 11 career Starts; Top Equibase Speed Figure 117) this year and this horse deserves to be the favorite in this race.
Accelerate, West Coast and McKinzie (4-1-0 in 5 career Starts) all worked out at Santa Anita on Saturday in their final prep for the race. Travers Stakes winner Catholic Boy (6-1-0 in 9 career Starts) is Kentucky-bred and the 3-year-old put in his final workout at Churchill Downs Sunday.
Three-year-old European grey colt Roaring Lion (12-4-6 in 32 career Starts) just raced on Oct. 20, winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Royal Ascot may be a wise pick to win with Irish 3-year-old Mendelssohn (1-1-2 in 5 career Starts) also in the mix but many Horse Racing bettors believe European horse don’t fare well on Dirt after racing on Turf most of their careers. Gun Runner (12-3-2 in 19 career Starts) won the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year.
The Field for the race as well as the other 13 races in the renowned 2-day event—considered the end of the Horse Racing season—was set and Post drawn on Monday from Equestricon in Louisville. Here are the Post Positions and morning line odds which saw Accelerate drawing the outside post.Breeders’ Cup Classic Post Positions, Morning Line Odds
(Morning Line Odds, October 29, 2018)
1—Thunder Snow 12/1
2—Roaring Lion 20/1
3—Catholic Boy 8/1
5—Lone Sailor 30/1
7—West Coast 5/1
11—Mind Your Biscuits 6/1
13—Bracket Love 20/1
OFFICIAL: Post Positions for the $6M #BreedersCup Classic at @ChurchillDowns. #BC18— Breeders' Cup (@BreedersCup) October 29, 2018
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2018 BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC PICK: #14 Accelerate 5/2