Saturday’s 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic Hosts Record Numbers for Shot at $5 Million

Called the Super Bowl or the World Series of Horse Racing, the Breeders’ Cup Classic gets ready for action this Saturday, November 5th at Churchill Downs, with a record 193 horses pre-entered for the 27th running of the race to crown the year-end champion. With a flood of quality entries in the field this year, it’s just about anyone’s race to win this coveted showdown, however plenty of stand-out horses dot the landscape of this race, making for exciting options for betting on horse racing at one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here. As has become almost tradition for wagering on horse racing, the first-in-line sportsbook at holds our bets for the biggest races of year, and looking to stick with what has worked well, I’ll return to the Bodog Sportsbook to place my wagers on the top picks ahead of Saturday’s race day action. Make sure to check out not only the betting lines for the headline race on Saturday, but also for the 14 races scheduled to precede it, all-in-all with $26 million on the line in one of the biggest weekends on the horse racing calendar.

No doubt attention has been focused on just a couple of favored horses in the grand finale of the Breeders’ Cup Classic set for Saturday evening, but with two days of racing ahead, there’s plenty of opportunities to wager not only on the most popular and those horses most expected to win the big race on Saturday, but also great chances to cash in on any number of races taking place ahead of Saturday night. Bodog Sportsbook makes it especially easy to take a look at each and every race available, with all the odds posted for every qualifying horse available today and through the rest of the week. Simply click into the Futures option under featured races and behold everything from Juvenile Sprints to the Ladies’ Classic, to the Cup Classic on Saturday with all odds neatly laid out before you.

Breaking in to details on some of the favored horses set to race this weekend, we’ll take a look at the horses with the top odds for race day, and try to spot some good picks for winners on Saturday.

Uncle Mo – 7/2 favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Bodog Sportsbook. Last year’s champion at Churchill Downs in the Juvenile Cup, Uncle Mo has come under some scrutiny after not coming to the track for Tuesday’s normal work-out session, however trainer Todd Fletcher has stated openly that the 3-year old favorite is good-to-go for race day despite continued concerns over the animal’s health (liver problems kept him out of the Kentucky Derby), and likes the No. 12 starting position that allows the horse to get out of the gates and stay outside the pack early. Despite the heavy favorite and being arguably the most talented horse in the field, many question whether the mile and 2 furlongs race may be too long for Uncle mo, but we’re expecting a top-3 finish at the least from the horse that owner Mike Repole says has ‘never looked better, never trained better’.

Havre de Grace – 9/2 odds to win at Bodog Sportsbook. Also racing outside at the No. 10 post, Havre de Grace is the filly with the highest odds in the Cup Classic, and seeks to become just the second filly to win this race, and also the third straight to be named Horse of the Year. Finishing 3rd in the Ladies’ Cup last season, Havre De Grace looks to be a good bet in this race based on her ability to set the cruise control over a longer distance (check for videos of her 2011 win at the Woodward Stakes for a glimpse at what great pace looks like). If Havre de Grace can get out of the gates cleanly a sit at pace behind the horses getting out of the gates quickly (and if she can last the mile and a quarter distance), this talented girl could become the horse of the year by weekend’s end with a win.

So You Think – At 5/1 odds, this horse out of Aiden O’Brien’s stable is the most feared by Todd Pletcher, Uncle Mo’s trainer. With the middle of the pack stall five entry, the Australian is a good horse to take a closer look at, winning 8 of 11 career races at a distance of a mile and a quarter. Among the horses with under 10/1 odds, this could be the right one to pick on race day.

Stay Thirsty – Sharing the stable with Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty is also under Todd Pletcher, and could also be a factor on Saturday but with much better odds at 14/1. Winning at the equally-long Travers Stakes in Saratoga this year, Stay Thirsty will sit at the No. 9 stall near the outside with Uncle Mo, and personally I think he’ll have a better chance at maintaining pace over the longer distance than his stablemate will. A relative outside shot on the betting lines, with 14/1 odds, this could end up being a great payday for anyone putting him to place or better.

Ruler on Ice – With 20/1 odds, many are calling ROI the best underdog shot of the Cup Classic this year. Again, this horse has excelled at longer distances, and coming off 8 straight races of placing in the top-3, expect him to post a good performance in this race. It’s definitely a gamble to expect this horse to breakout at Churchill and nab a win on the mile and a quarter track (he did however sneak away with a win at the Belmont Stakes, a mile and a half track), but with such favorable odds, this underdog is as good a shot as you’re going to get.

With so much talent in the field for the 27th running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, make sure to research all the available information about the horses entered for this exciting race, but also make sure to delve a little deeper into the other 14 races scheduled at Churchill Downs, in what will no doubt cap off another great year of horse racing and wagering. Count on the best online sportsbook at to provide all the betting lines and all the up-to-date odds right at your fingertips, and have fun wagering on one of the oldest sports in the world!

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