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The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic kicks off Saturday from Oak Tree, Santa Anita, California and if last year was any indication of what we can expect this year, then the European horses should dominate.

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Last year, European horses won a record five of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races, while six Europeans finished second. Their success in the Breeders’ Cup dates back to 1984, when the first Breeders’ Cup Turf winner was Lashkari, a French colt whose odds were 53/1 to win. Another French colt produced the greatest upset in Breeders’ Cup history, when Arcangues won the Classic in 1993 at a whopping 133/1 odds.

There are two European horses in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Rip Van Winkle, a 3-year old, has 10/3 odds to win the Classic, while Twice Over, who is coming off a victory in the Group 1 Champion Stakes, is 15/1 to win according to oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com.

Rip Van Winkle’s odds rival only that of Zenyatta, who is now 14/5 to win the Classic. Other horses with short odds are Summer Bird at 6/1 and Colonel John at 10/1. Einstein, Gio Ponti and Quality Road are 12/1, while Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is 15/1 to win.

Last year’s Classic winner was Raven’s Pass, who would have won $29.00 on a $2 win, $15.80 for Place and $8.00 for Show. Henrythenavigator finished second and would have paid $22.00 on a $2 bet for Place and $11.20 for Show. Tiago wrapped things up with a third place finish and would have paid $7.40 on a $2 bet for Show.

Also, last year’s Classic would have paid a $1 Exacta winner $159.50, a $1 Trifecta winner $2,395, a $1 Superfecta $10,236 and a $2 Pick Six winner $55,920.80.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is 1 ¼ miles in distance and is a left-handed dirt track. The qualification is 3-year-olds and up, while the purse is $5 million US.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. For more information on this year’s race, check out our 2009 Breeders Cup Viewing Guide.

Odds to win 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds – Saturday, Nov. 7 – Santa Anita Park – Arcadia, Calif.

Zenyatta 14/5

Rip Van Winkle 10/3

Summer Bird 6/1

Colonel John 10/1 

Gio Ponti 12/1

Quality Road 12/1

Richard's Kid 12/1

Einstein 12/1

Regal Ransom 18/1   

Twice Over 15/1

Mine That Bird 15/1

Girolamo 18/1 

Awesome Gem 30/1

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Posted: 11/7/09 7:00AM ET

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