November 4th, 2017 − Del Mar

Breeders' Cup Classic

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, $6 million, 1 1/4 miles, 3-year-olds and up

Gun Runner Steve Asmussen 115-112-110 9-5 Woodward, SAR, 1st BC Classic, Nov. 4 If not for freakish performance by Arrogate in Dubai, he'd be unquestioned best dirt horse in world now.
Arrogate Bob Baffert 114-85-N/A 2-1 Pacific Classic, DMR, 2nd BC Classic, Nov. 4 On same program as last year, coming into race fresh, but Del Mar surface wasn't his favorite this summer.
Collected Bob Baffert 115-111-104 6-1 Pacific Classic, DMR, 1st Awesome Again, SA, Sept. 30 Unbeaten this year, and absolutely thrived at Del Mar this summer. Has home-field advantage.
West Coast Bob Baffert 108-100-99 10-1 Travers, SAR 1st Pa. Derby, PRX, Sept. 23 Not saying he's another Arrogate, but on same trajectory right now, late-developing 3yo for Baffert.
Cupid Bob Baffert 99-108-84 20-1 Harry Brubaker, DMR, 1st Awesome Again, SA, Sept. 30 Has come back a much better horse this year than at 3, but still think he's a notch below the best.
Keen Ice Todd Pletcher 104-106-N/A 20-1 Whitney, SAR, 2nd JC Gold Cup, BEL, Oct. 7 No match for Arrogate nor Gun Runner in their meetings, but always threat to pick up a check.
Girvin Joe Sharp 80-95-102 30-1 Travers, SAR, 11th OK Derby, RP, Sept. 24 Earned a free roll through "Win and You're In" victory in Haskell, but question if he wants 1 1/4 miles
Gunnevera Antonio Sano 103-86-94 30-1 Travers, SAR, 2nd BC Classic, Nov. 4 Ran best race to date in Travers. Sano said he will train in Fla before coming to CA on top of Classic.
Irap Doug O'Neill 100-98-102 30-1 Travers, SAR, 3rd Pa. Derby, PRX, Sept. 23 Has had productive year and connections always go big-game hunting, but older horses here very good.
Pavel Doug O'Neill 103-92-97 30-1 Smarty Jones, PRX, 1st JC Gold Cup, BEL, Oct. 7 Lightly raced colt comes off career-best performance, test vs. elders in Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Others: Mubtaahij            

- Odds by Mike Watchmaker, comments by Jay Privman