|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Horse betting odds are set for Breeders Cup which will feature a full day of racing the culminates with the Classic from Santa Anita, CA. Horse betting odds opened with Zenyatta as a 5-2 Breeders Cup favorite in the classic with Rip Van Winkle at 7-2, and Summer Bird at 9-2.
Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is one of six entries that opened at 12-1 with the horse betting odds. The other Breeders Cup Classic entries at 12-1 were Colonel John, Richard’s Kid, Gio Ponti, Einstein, and Quality Road.
The Classic is a mile and a quarter race with a $5 million purse. Zenyatta has won all 4 of his previous races with the horse betting odds this year. She is the new filly sensation with enormous talent but has not raced with the horse betting odds against a field this strong.
Rip Van Winkle enters the Classic having come off a win with the horse betting odds in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on September 26. He has 2 wins in 5 starts but a nagging foot problem is cause for concern.
Mine That Bird is the Rodney Dangerfield of the horse betting odds board as despite winning the Kentucky Derby and finishing second at the Preakness and third at the Belmont he still lacks respect. He will be ridden by Calvin Borel, who was the jockey in the Kentucky Derby. Mine That Bird was a disappointing 6th in his last start on October 10 at Santa Anita.Regan Ransom, who received a lot of hype before the Triple Crown season, may be a sleeper in the Classic. He is well rested, having last run on September 19 when he won the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. He has run just 3 total races run for this year, with 2 wins. Reagan Ransom is from the Godolphin Racing organization which is one of the premier groups in the sport.