Awesome Gem Odds
Even with experience in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Awesome Gem finds itself as the long shot for Saturday’s race.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have given Awesome Gem 30/1 odds to win. Zenyatta is the pre-race favorite at 3/1, while Rip Van Winkle (10/3) and Summer Bird (6/1) have short odds to win.
Foaled in 2003, Awesome Gem was sired by Awesome Again. Awesome Gem has already competed in the Breeders Cup Classic, racing in the 2007 event, taking third place with a late pass of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner, Street Sense.
Since that showing in 2007, Awesome Gem has been used sparingly, finished third in the 2008 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita while taking seventh in the 2008 Santa Anita Handicap.
In his most recent event, Awesome Gem won the 2009 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap on Oct. 3. The race was 1.25 miles on a dirt track, just as Saturday’s race will be.
Awesome Gem will start out of the 13th gate on Saturday and given his first place finish at the Harthorne Gold Cup, he offers a ton of value. Unfortunately his seventh place finish at the Pacific Classic in early September doesn’t give bettors confidence, but don’t forget that he had two second place finishes (Longacres Mile and Eddie Read) and one win (Allowance, Hollywood Park) before that so he should be racing with a ton of confidence.
Awesome Gem’s jockey, David Flores, won his first Breeders’ Cup race with Tempera in the 2001 Juvenile Fillies and then two more winners followed with Action This Day in the 2003 Juvenile, as well as Singletary in the 2004 Mile. So if you like the long shot, Awesome Gem and David Flores do offer a little value.
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.
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
Regal Ransom 14/1
Twice Over 15/1
Mine That Bird 15/1
Awesome Gem 30/1
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Posted: 11/7/09 3:00PM ET