Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds And FanDuel Sportsbook Promo: Controversial Baffert Looks To Beat Favorite

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John Velazquez aboard Medina Spirit, with trainer Bob Baffert after 2021 Kentucky Derby (Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire)

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic goes off Saturday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California. Post time for the $6 million, 1-1/4 mile race is set for 8:40 p.m. ET with live coverage on NBC.

FanDuel is offering 20-to-1 odds on your first single-horse wager on any Breeders’ Cup race when you sign up as a new user. Wagering on the Breeders’ Cup Classic is open.

Knicks Go is the current 5-to-2 favorite in a nine-horse field that includes controversial Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit (4-1). The Bob Baffert-trained colt tested positive for a banned corticosteroid after his Derby victory. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has not rendered a final verdict on the matter.

The trainer-jockey combination of Baffert and John Velazquez will be looking to defend its victory in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic when Authentic won at Keeneland.

Trainer Brad Cox has two bullets in this Classic. Knicks Go is a worthy favorite given his past performance in the Breeders’ Cup. He won last year’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile after previously finishing second in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2019.

Cox will also saddle up Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality, who is in contention as well at 3-1. Here’s a look at the full field, comprised of horses 3-years-old and up, for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic:

Post PositionHorseOddsJockeyTrainer
1Tripoli15-1Irad Ortiz Jr.John Sandler
2Express Train20-1Victor EspinozaJohn Shirreffs
3Hot Rod Charlie4-1Flavien PratDoug O'Neill
4Essential Quality3-1Luis SaezBrad Cox
5Knicks Go5-2Joel RosarioBrad Cox
6Art Collector8-1Mike Smith William Mott
7Stiletto Boy30-1Kent DesormeauxEd Moger Jr.
8Medina Spirit4-1John VelazquezBob Baffert
9Max Player8-1Ricardo Santana Jr.Steve Asmussen

How To Bet 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic

If you’re looking outside of the chalkiest options here, Hot Rod Charlie offers some value at 4-1. He won this year’s Louisiana Derby before finishing third in the Kentucky Derby and runner-up in the Belmont Stakes. Essential Quality outlasted him down the stretch in the Belmont.

It’s hard to look past Knicks Go, though. Cox’s horse is a true frontrunner, but he also possesses a closing kick. We’ll be pairing him up with his barn mate Essential Quality and Hot Rod Charlie in exacta and trifectas. We’re passing on Medina Spirit in our exotic wagers.

The suggested plays here are a 3-4-5 exacta box and 3-4-5 triple box.

Are you a sports bettor new to horse racing? By boxing your wager, you’ll win if those horses all finish top-three in any combination. A $1 exacta box and $1 triple box will both cost you $6.

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