11/04/2011 8:19PM

Breeders' Cup: Flat Out slim choice in early Classic betting, favored in two-day daily double


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Flat Out is a slight favorite over Kelso Handicap winner Uncle Mo for Saturday's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic following advance wagering. Both horses are listed at 7-2, but Flat Out is favored by approximately $3,400, Churchill Downs officials announced.

Havre de Grace, the lone filly in the field, is the third choice at 9-2.

With just $71,599 bet in the early win pool as of 8 p.m. Friday, however, the early betting represents just a sliver of the total that will be ultimately be wagered.

Perhaps more representative of the eventual Breeders' Cup odds is reflected in the will-pays in the Ladies' Classic/Breeders' Cup Classic daily double. In that pool – in which $562,284 was wagered – Flat Out is a stronger favorite, with a $1 double linking Royal Delta and Flat Out having a will-pay return of $10.10.

Based on Royal Delta's 2-1 winning odds in the Ladies' Classic, the $10.10 Double payoff could point to Flat Out going off more like 5-2 or less.

Havre de Grace, the lone filly in the Classic, offers the second lowest double payoff at $16.60, with world traveler So You Think next at $25.80 and Uncle Mo at $26.30.

Early win odds for the Classic and Ladies' Classic/Classic double will-pays are as follows:

Horse    Win odds

1. Prayer for Relief  SCR
2. Flat Out*   7-2
3. Drosselmeyer  7-1
4. Ruler On Ice  21-1
5. So You Think  11-1
6. Ice Box   36-1
7. Rattlesnake Bridge  13-1
8. Game On Dude  20-1
9. Stay Thirsty   8-1
10. Havre de Grace  9-2
11. Headache   42-1
12. Uncle Mo   7-2
13. To Honor and Serve 12-1
*actual favorite

$1 Double - Royal Delta, (No.6) with

1. Prayer for Relief  SCR
2. Flat Out   $10.10
3. Drosselmeyer  $42.00
4. Ruler On Ice  $86.00
5. So You Think  $25.80
6. Ice Box   $133.00
7. Rattlesnake Bridge  $112.70
8. Game On Dude  $49.70
9. Stay Thirsty   $44.90
10. Havre de Grace  $16.60
11. Headache   $129.80
12. Uncle Mo   $26.30
13. To Honor and Serve $29.10
- additional reporting by David Grening