06/19/2013 2:10PM

Latest BC Classic Future Book Odds

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I don’t want to rush the summer, which technically isn’t even here yet. It is my favorite season, and there is a lot to look forward to this summer, highlighted by a potentially division-defining matchup in the Travers, a suddenly vibrant handicap division, the continued exploits of Horse of the Year Wise Dan, and 2-year-old racing, to name just a few things. But the sharp folks at the Race and Sports Book at Wynn Las Vegas have issued updated future book odds on a few Breeders’ Cup races, led, of course by Classic. And these Classic future odds are worth noting.

The reason why this particular odds update on the Classic is noteworthy is that it was issued after the racing of last weekend. That means these odds reflect not only both action at and/or positions taken by Wynn post-Triple Crown, but also after last weekend’s Foster Handicap, the successful return of Paynter, and the unsuccessful return of Royal Delta.

Wynn currently has 14 horses listed at 20-1 or under for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. They, and their odds, are:

 

Game On Dude

7-2

Fort Larned

6-1

Cigar Street

12-1

Graydar

12-1

Verrazano

12-1

Royal Delta

14-1

Clubhouse Ride

15-1

Flat Out

15-1

Orb

15-1

Ron the Greek

15-1

Cross Traffic

20-1

Mucho Macho Man

20-1

Paynter

20-1

Wise Dan

20-1

 

A few thoughts I had on these prices were: Wow, that is a seriously low price on Game On Dude, and that is quite a gap between him and Fort Larned, who is now back in his Breeders’ Cup Classic winning form. I expect that gap to close quickly, if it hasn’t already … I understand his immense potential, and I like him as a horse, but I’m surprised Verrazano is the lowest priced 3-year-old. Is that merely a function of his successful return just last Sunday in the Pegasus, or does it also contain a bit of contempt for the Triple Crown 3-year-olds? … Royal Delta has to blow out from that number. By the way, Royal Delta is currently Wynn’s lukewarm and narrow favorite for the Ladies’ Classic at 6-1, with Dreaming of Julia, who races Saturday in the Mother Goose, at 7-1 … I know it’s hard to back a horse for the Classic who so far has won only an allowance race this year, but that might be the biggest price we’ll see on Paynter from here on out … Wise Dan is that big a price because (perhaps correctly) no one thinks he’ll run in the Classic.

Two who were listed higher than 20-1 who I think are worth mentioning are Preakness winner Oxbow and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice. Palace Malice is 25-1 and Oxbow is 35-1, and it’s surprising how significantly higher they are right now than Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who is 15-1. I would have thought Oxbow would be the lowest price of these three not only because of his Triple Crown efforts, but also because you know he will be in the Classic if he is able.