The top favorite by betting odds is once again Curlin with future odds to win the 2007 Breeders Cup Classic at 3-1. Curlin earned an automatic bid into the Breeders Cup Classic when he finished a neck ahead of Lawyer Ron in a stretch dual in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
In August, Curlin was the favorite but finished third in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park behind Any Given Saturday and Hard Spun. His best achievement this year was winning the 2007 Preakness Stakes on May 19. Trainer is Steve Asmussen.
But Lawyer Ron will be a tough competitor for the 2007 Breeders Cup, listed also with odds 3-1 on winning next weekend. At the beginning Bob Holthus was training Lawyer Ron, but since October last year his new trainer is Todd Pletcher.
Recently Lawyer Ron won the Woodward Stakes and a few weeks prior won the 2007 Whitney Stakes by setting a track record. In 2006 Lawyer Ron finished 9th at the Breeders Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
Any Given Saturday has solid support as the third best bet at several off-shore sports books, with odds paying 7-2. He is another thoroughbred trained by Todd Pletcher, with record 6-2-1 and earnings over $1 million. On August 5 at Monmouth Park, Any Given Saturday won the Grade I Haskell Invitational Handicap by beating Curlin and Hard Spun by over four lengths. Any Given Saturday also won the Brooklyn Handicap in August by two and a half lengths.
Leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, those were the top three contenders with best odds on winning the 2007 Breeder’s Cup Classic. Also receiving solid backing are Street Sense listed at 4-1, Hard Spun at 6-1 and George Washington with odds 10-1.