2020 Breeders' Cup Classic Betting Guide - Post Time, Entries, Draw, Odds & Trends For The $6 Million Race

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Andrew Wilsher

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Editor of Pickswise. Born and raised in jolly old London, England, with an undying love for the NFL, NBA, soccer, and horse racing. A big-time sports bettor who loves futures markets and backing underdogs. Long-suffering New York Jets fan.

2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic is the biggest and richest race of the 2020 Breeders’ Cup, and is run on the dirt over a mile and a quarter. Horses aged three and older are eligible to run, and this year it is worth a huge $6 million in prize-money.

It is the final race of the Breeders’ Cup meeting and takes place on Championship Saturday on November 7. Star horses such as Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, Saudi Cup scorer Maximum Security, and Belmont Stakes winner Tiz The Law will be in action. However, they all have Improbable to beat, who is the favorite after storming to victory by four and a half lengths on his last run.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Previous Winners

The Breeders’ Cup Classic was won last year by Vino Rosso, who was ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Todd Pletcher. Vino Rosso won the race as a four-year-old and was his final run before he retired to begin a career at stud. Accelerate was victorious the 2018 renewal under Joel Rosario, and was the first five-year-old since 2013 to win the historic race.

Trainer Bob Baffert won the Breeders’ Cup Classic three years running between 2014 and 2016, each with a different three-year-old. Those winners were Bayern, American Pharoah and Arrogate.

Katherine Ritvo became the first female trainer to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2013 when Mucho Macho Man scored at Santa Anita. British trainer John Gosden was the last non-American to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic when Raven’s Pass won by a length and three-quarters under jockey Frankie Dettori.

2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic Entries and Post Positions Draw

There have been 10 runners declared for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic, and they are listed below. The number refers to what the horse will wear, and which gate it will start the race in.

1. Tacitus

2. Tiz The Law

3. By My Standards

4. Tom’s D’Etat

5. Title Ready

6. Higher Power

7. Global Campaign

8. Improbable

9. Authentic

10. Maximum Security

2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds

Below are the odds for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic, correct as of Wednesday afternoon. Improbable is favorite to give Bob Baffert a record-breaking fourth win in the race after the four-year-old stormed to victory in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita in September. However, he faces stiff competition from Tiz The Law, who won his first four starts this year, including in the Belmont Stakes, and looks to bounce back from a narrow defeat to the reopposing Authentic in the Kentucky Derby.

Improbable +250
Tiz The Law +275
Maximum Security +400
Authentic +550
Tom’s D’Etat +700
By My Standards +2500
Global Campaign +2500
Tacitus +3300
Higher Power +3300
Title Ready +4000

Key Breeders’ Cup Classic Trends

Every winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic has been aged between three and five. However, four has proven to be the magic number in five of the last 10 runnings of the race. Of the leading contenders, Improbable and Maximum Security fall into this category.

You rarely see a shock result as far as the Breeders’ Cup Classic is concerned. Six of the last 10 winners have been favorite or second-favorite at the off. That extends to eight of the last 10 when considering the first four in the market.

Each of the last 10 winners had at least four runs that season, which would rule out Tom’s D’Etat and Title Ready. Further, six had won their last start while nine had finished in the first two.

Where Is The Breeders’ Cup Classic Held

The location of the Breeders’ Cup tends to change every year, and the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic will be held at Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky. It will be just the second time Keeneland has hosted the Breeders’ Cup, after doing so in 2015. That year, American Pharoah won the Breeders’ Cup Classic for Bob Baffert.

What Is Post Time For The Breeders’ Cup Classic

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic is scheduled to start at 5.18 p.m ET. It is the final race of Championship Saturday, with the first race of day two of the Breeders’ Cup starting at 12.02 p.m ET. That is the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

Who Won The 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic

The 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic was won by Vino Rosso, who was ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Todd Pletcher. Vino Rosso won the race as a four-year-old and it was his final run before he retired to begin a career as a stallion. It was the first Breeders’ Cup Classic win for both Ortiz and Pletcher.

Prior to that race, Vino Rosso had won just two of his five starts in 2019, but one of those was in the Gold Cup At Santa Anita Stakes over the same track and trip.

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