$5 Million Breeders' Cup Classic a Showdown for Horse of the Year
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Fri 31/10/2014 - 12:01 EDT
On Saturday at Santa Anita, the undefeated Shared Belief will put his perfect record on the line in the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic. The Grade 1 race, run at a mile and a quarter, has drawn a full field of fourteen with one additional on the also-eligible list.
Shared Belief, a perfect seven for seven, has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 9-5. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the three-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride (ARG) delivered as the heavy favorite in his first start at Santa Anita last time out in the Awesome Again (G1) to prevail by a neck after a troubled trip. Mike Smith will remain in the irons and they will break from post six as the gelding makes a bid for both champion three-year-old and Horse of the Year.
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome trying to return to form
California Chrome, also looking to stake a claim at year-end honors, is second choice at 4-1 on the morning line. The chestnut colt, trained by Art Sherman, is trying to rebound off a sixth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) in what was his first start since being denied the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes (G1). Prior to those races, he won five times this year, three of which came at Santa Anita. Victor Espinoza, his regular rider, has retained the mount and they will break from post thirteen.
Tonalist attempting to prove he can win outside of New York
Also in the field is Tonalist at morning line odds of 5-1 for trainer Christophe Clement. The sophomore son of Tapit played the role of the spoiler in the Belmont Stakes (G1) and after running second and third against his contemporaries in the Jim Dandy (G2) and Travers (G1), he defeated older rivals last time out in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). He has been on the board in all seven starts this year and will break from post position eleven under Joel Rosario.
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