#US RACING BREEDERS’ CUP: A look at the post positions and jockeys assigned in the Breeders’ Cup Classic

Authentic
Authentic

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Below are the fields and odds for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the last of nine races on Saturday, November 7 at the Keeneland racetrack.

US$6 million Classic – 1 1/4 miles – Saturday, 5:13 p.m. ET 

Classic

Post  Horse  Jockey  Odds
1 Tacitus  Jose Ortiz 20-1
2 Tiz the Law  Manny Franco 3-1
3  By My Standards  Gabriel Saez 10-1
4 Tom’s d’Etat Joel Rosario 6-1
5 Title Ready  Corey Lanerie 30-1
6  Higher Power  Flavien Prat 20-1
7  Global Campaign  Javier Castellano 20-1
 8  Improbable  Irad Ortiz, Jr. 5-2
9 Authentic John Velazquez 6-1
10  Maximum Security Luis Saez 7-2

 

Older horses Improbable and Maximum Security are joined by Kentucky Derby winner Authentic in representing trainer Bob Baffert in the Classic. Baffert has won the race a record three times, most recently with American Pharoah in 2015 at Keeneland. Those three horses and Belmont Stakes winner Tiz The Law are likely to attract most of the betting dollars for this race in which 7-year-old Tom’s d’Etat is trying to become the first winner older than age 5.

“I’d rather have that than the 15 in a 15-horse race, trainer Barclay Tagg said about Tiz the Law’s draw. “It is what it is. He’s fit; he’s healthy; he’s doing well. I can’t do any more for him.”

“(The post position) would not have been our first choice but you watch his races this year, he pops out of the gate so he is going to be able to get in a good position, Tiz the Law’s owner Jack Knowltwon added. “We are not worried about it.”

“That was crazy. I got here just before the draw and I saw Authentic in the 9, trainer Bob Baffert said after the Classic draw. “And they’re going to be easy to watch. It’s not like the Sprint and they have a long run to the turn. They have to break well. Improbable, he needs to break well. Improbable, he deserves to be the favorite. They all have speed and those jockeys will work it out. The riders I have are smart, they know their horse and are going to ride their own horse. And the horses are doing well. If they show up, they have to bring their ‘A’ game. They’re easy to ride. They’re not tough to ride. Right now, I’m not even thinking about trips. We’ve got to get them here and make sure there are no hiccups.”

“That’s perfectly fine with us, trainer Al Stall Jr. told the NTRA’s Alicia Wincze Hughes about post 4. “Honestly the most interesting thing is the Baffert horses are in the three outside posts. I’m kind of glad Improbable is far away from us. But we’re fine. Absolutely no excuses whatsoever.”  said about Tom’s d’Etat’s draw of post 4. “No excuses.”

 

 

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