05/31/2011 9:37AM

Latest Breeders' Cup Classic Future Book Odds

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With the handicap division in a continued state of disarray, and with this crop of 3-year-olds widely considered to be average at best, it was with great interest that I opened up the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic future book odds from the Wynn Las Vegas Race and Sports Book when it hit my email box. I just couldn’t imagine what I was about to see.

What I saw was, the current favorite for the Classic at Wynn is Twirling Candy at 10-1, followed closely behind by Crown Of Thorns at 12-1. Both of these horses are talented, but Twirling Candy has yet to win a race over older horses, while Crown Of Thorns has never been thought of as a 1 ¼ mile horse. If I were to venture a guess, I would say these two Southern California-based horses are the first two favorites in the Classic future book betting at least partly because of Vegas’s close proximity to SoCal. Nevertheless, these odds do hold some degree of validity because they are largely based on actual money wagered so far.

Next in line at 14-1 is Dialed In, followed by First Dude at 18-1, and Gio Ponti at 20-1. There is a growing suspicion that Dialed In might be at his best as a one turn closer, while First Dude is only in the initial stages of shedding his label as a habitual disappointment by altering his running style to closing. As for Gio Ponti, he is world-class on turf and synthetic, but he is a virtual unknown on dirt, an important consideration since this year’s Breeders’ Cup is back at Churchill Downs.

Animal Kingdom, who finished clearly in front of Dialed In when he won the Kentucky Derby and finished second in the Preakness, is currently 25-1. So, too, is Nehro, the Derby runner up who is still eligible to an entry level allowance race.

There are, of course, many other horses with posted prices for the Classic, but I’ll mention just two more. Shackleford, who also finished in front of Dialed In when he finished fourth in the Derby and won the Preakness, is 30-1. Uncle Mo, last year’s champion 2-year-old male and whose status is uncertain as he recovers from a stomach ailment, is also 30-1.