October 31st, 2015 − Keeneland

Breeders' Cup Classic sponsored by Darley

Breeders' Cup Classic Chart

RACE COVERAGE: Classic | Distaff | Turf | Filly & Mare Turf | Mile | Dirt Mile | Sprint | Turf Sprint | Filly & Mare Sprint | Juvenile | Juvenile Turf | Juvenile Fillies | Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders' Cup Classic, $5 million, 1 1/4 miles, 3-year-olds and up

1 Tonalist John Velazquez Christophe Clement Top-class colt isn't bad away from Belmont though he really does seem better there than elsewhere 4-1 5-1
2 Keen Ice Irad Ortiz, Jr. Dale Romans The only horse to beat American Pharoah this year, albeit with a great set up; is much improved 8-1 12-1
3 Frosted Joel Rosario Kiaran McLaughlin The speed he showed in the Travers to keep Pharoah honest is not his best approach; not out of this 12-1 10-1
4 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Triple Crown winner is meeting elders for the first time, but there's not a lot of speed to tax him early 4-5 Even
5 Gleneagles Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien I have great respect for the barn, they targeted this early, and gave him a very recent prep; dangerous 20-1 10-1
6 Effinex Mike Smith Jimmy Jerkens Has had a couple of big moments this year, but is way overmatched in a field this strong and deep 20-1 30-1
7 Smooth Roller Tyler Baze Victor Garcia Beat softies in Awesome Again, but won big, ran fast; can improve, but has done little since shipping 12-1 12-1
8 Hard Aces Joe Talamo John Sadler Got free entry with his Gold Cup at SA upset in June; not the best Win and You're In advertisement 30-1 30-1
9 Honor Code Javier Castellano Shug McGaughey In Shug we trust, but I didn't like that he prepped in the Kelso, and didn't like his flat effort there 5-1 4-1
10 Beholder Gary Stevens Richard Mandella Two-time champ's form is better than ever; the question is if she can take her "A" game on the road SCR SCR

Comments and odds by Mike Watchmaker