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Breeders Cup 2019: Will McKinzie Win the Breeders Cup Classic?
The 2019 Breeders Cup Classic is one of the biggest horse races on the calendar with a massive $6 million prize pool. Every jockey and trainer worth their salt wants to win this race but they could all finish second to McKinzie if the Breeders Cup odds are to be taken as gospel.
November 2nd is the date you want to keep free because some of the United States’ best horses are competing in the Breeders Cup and there are plenty of Breeders Cup 2019 odds.
McKinzie is the current favorite, but will be pushed all the way by some exceptional horses. Who is your pick?
- McKinzie is the pick of the Breeders Cup entries 2019 with odds of +400
- Code of Honor will be there or thereabouts with odds of +800
- Maximum Security is also fancied, get on him at +800
- Improbable is a solid outsider at +1800
2019 Breeders Cup Classic Odds
Here is a list with the current 2019 Breeders Cup Classic odds:
- McKinzie: +400
- Code of Honor: +800
- Maximum Security: +800
- Thunder Snow: +1200
- Omaha Beach: +1400
- Higher Power: +1600
- Improbable: +1800
- Tacitus: +1800
- Catholic Boy: +2000
- Japan: +2000
Take a look at McKinzie‘s past results and you can see why it is the clear favorite in the Breeder Cup 2019 odds. Our friends at Bovada price a McKinzie victory at +400, half the betting odds of its nearest rival.
McKinzie has won seven of its last 13 races and finished second in an additional four meetings. The only blip on its recent record was a disappointing 12th place finish in the 2018 Breeders Cup Classic that was won by Accelerate.
That was raced at Churchill Downs, however, and McKinzie excels at Santa Anita Park. Bear in mind the horse has been a favorite in six races this year and failed to win four of those races.
Also in McKinzie’s favor is it is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert who is the winningest trainer in the history of the Breeders Cup and trained the winner in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Code of Honor or Maximum Security to Challenge
Punters are piling money onto McKenzie due to his link with Baffert, but Code of Honor is also trained by a Hall of Famer in Shug McGaughey. This trainer, although excellent, has never trained the winner of a Breeders Cup, which is a black mark against his name.
Code of Honor (+800)
It has enjoyed a superb season with five victories to date. It also has a second place, a third and a fourth and is in contention for the Eclipse Award. It is worth noting that Code of Honor finished second in the Kentucky Derby this year and even led at one point, only to fall away and lose to Country House.
Maximum Security (+800)
It is the joint-second favorite and has a realistic shot at glory in the 2019 Breeders Cup. Maximum Security does not race often having only been entered into seven races since December, but it has won five of those and finished second once.
The Kentucky Derby, where Maximum Security was one of the favorites before winning the race, only to be disqualified. He could be the horse to beat and his +800 Breeders Cup odds are better value than McKinzie’s.
Best of the rest Breeders Cup Entries 2019
The race is most likely to be won by one of the three horses mentioned above, but there is some value laying outside of this talented trio.
Omaha Beach (+1400)
It was the favorite with bookmakers before the 2019 Kentucky Derby thanks to some impressive form with three straight wins. Breathing problems on the day of the race forced him to withdraw, much to the disappointment of horse racing fans.
Omaha Beach is lightning fast as shown in his last outing at Santa Anita where he romped home in 1:08.79 over six furlongs. He’s had five months on the sidelines, but his incredible form earned him automatic entry into the 2019 Breeders Cup.
If you fancy a real outside shot then look no further than Tacitus who is available at +1800. He is a talented horse who finished third in the Kentucky Derby. He was also among the favorites for the Travers Stakes.
He has not won since April when he triumphed in the Wood Memorial. Since then he’s finished third twice and second three times. Tactius is worth a place bet because we think the victory is just out of his grasp.
It is another horse that has been fancied throughout the current season, but he is outclassed in this field. He was fancied in the Preakness Stakes but slumped to a sixth place finish and has failed to capture his 2018 form.
A victory in the Shared Belief Stakes saw Improbable run one mile in 1:37.53 but there are better horses in this current field. Your money is better wagered elsewhere/
2019 Breeders Cup Classic pick: Maximum Security at +800.
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