Of all the horses in Saturday’s 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Zenyatta has the most impressive record with 13 wins and no losses.
So it’s no surprise that oddsmakers have made Zenyatta the odds favorite to win this year’s running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.COM have given Zenyatta 3/1 odds to win, making her the favorite for Saturday’s Classic. Other short odds to win on Saturday are Rip Van Winkle (10/3), Summer Bird (6/1), and Colonel John (10/1).
Foalded in 2004, Zenyatta is the offspring of Street Cry, who also sired the 2007 Kentucky Derby winner, Street Sense. Zenyatta won eight races in 2008, including the Breeders Cup Ladies’ Classic.
This year, Zenyatta has won the Milday Handicap, the Vanity Handicap, the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap, and the Lady’s Secret Stakes. Her most recent race was the victory in the Lady’s Secret Stakes where she became a two-time winner thanks to a come-from-behind effort.
Even with all the accomplishments, Saturday will be the biggest race of Zenyatta’s career, as no filly or mare has ever won the Breeders’ Cup Classic since its exception in 1984.
Zenyatta will start out of the fourth gate for Saturday’s race and will no doubt receive plenty of action due to her impeccable racing this season. It’s kind of hard to bet against a horse with a perfect record and at 3/1, she still offers some value to bettors.
Another reason to like Zenyatta this Saturday is her jockey, Mike Smith. He was ranked among the top 20 riders in North America with earnings of $6,777,058 and has won 85 races from 513 mounts. So if you like natural winners, then Zenyatta and Smith at 3/1 odds might be too good to pass up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
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
Posted: 11/7/09 4:35PM ET