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Oddsmakers take early look at Exaggerator in Breeders’ Cup Classic

Exaggerator, with Kent Desormeaux riding, wins the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 31.
Exaggerator, with Kent Desormeaux riding, wins the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 31. AP

It’s been quite a horse racing year for Exaggerator.

And it’s not over yet.

Exaggerator won the Santa Anita Derby, finished second in the Kentucky Derby, won the Preakness Stakes then dipped to 11th in the Belmont Stakes.

He bounced back with a win in the Haskell Invitational in July and is now in the mix for the Breeders’ Cup, which will be held Nov. 4 and 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

Exaggerator, co-owned by the families of Matt Bryan of Flower Mound and Ronny Ortowski of Fort Worth, will compete in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5. The Classic, run at 1 1/4 miles, draws the top international thoroughbreds and is open to horses 3-years-old and older and is limited to 14 starters.

The oddsmakers at Bovada have given Exaggerator 20 to 1 odds of winning the Classic. California Chrome is the favorite, followed by Arrogate (3 to 1), Frosted (9 to 1), Songbird (16 to 1) and Connect (18 to 1).

Gun Runner, who is trained by Arlington’s Steve Asmussen, carries 28 to 1 odds of winning.

Thirteen races will be run over two days. On Nov. 4, the Juvenile Turf, Las Vegas Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies and Longines Distaff will be held.

The next day’s schedule has the Juvenile Fillies, Filly & Mare Turf, Filly & Mare Sprint, Turf Sprint, Sentient Jet Juvenile, Mile, TwinSpires Sprint, Longines Turf and the Classic.

The closer

Here’s a look at the early odds for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, according to Bovada:

Horse

Odds to win

California Chrome

11/10

Arrogate

3/1

Frosted

9/1

Songbird

16/1

Connect

18/1

Exaggerator

20/1

Melatonin

20/1

Shaman Ghost

20/1

American Freedom

25/1

Beholder

25/1

Dortmund

25/1

Nyquist

25/1

Gun Runner

28/1

Mubtaahij

33/1

Destin

40/1

Effinex

40/1

Hit It A Bomb

40/1

Mohaymen

40/1

Suddenbreakingnews

40/1

Hoppertunity

50/1

Imperative

50/1

Keen Ice

50/1

Mor Spirit

50/1

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