Summer & Natalma
Jockey Club Derby
Prince of Wales Stakes
It turned out to be a fairly successful day for punters on Classic day at the Breeders' Cup, as three betting favourites provided winners across the nine main races on the day. Sports betting in Iowa continued to be popular across the card on Breeders' Cup day, with many accessing the top horse racing sites on what was one of the most followed events of 2020. On top of that, many other fancied horses ran solid races, with only one surprise winner across the card in the shape of Order of Australia at 40/1 in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
The first betting favourite to land the odds was the Bob Baffert trained Gamine in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. She went into the race as the strong favourite, having won two of her four career starts to date. This then saw her produce a lifetime best performance, to draw clear in the final furlong and win by just over six lengths. This was a very impressive eye-catching display and she is clearly a horse to follow, as punters cashed in on the short odds. It was also another track record broken for the speedy superstar filly.
The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile was the next race that saw a favourite land the odds, with Knicks Go running out an impressive winner. The four-year-old went into the race, having won his last two starts very impressively. This included a 10 1/4 length victory at Keeneland, which is why he went into the Breeders' Cup race as the horse to beat. Moving into the Dirt Mile and Knicks Go broke well and again looked to make all. He was ridden from two furlongs out but pulled clear and kept on well to win comfortably. It was another impressive victory for the horse, and he is clearly one to follow moving forward over the mile.
Further success followed for favourite backers, with Monomoy Girl landing short odds in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. She was the Champion Three-Year-Old Filly back in 2018 and has continued this form in her career. The filly went into the recent race having won her previous four races in succession, that also included a Grade One at Churchill Downs. It all meant she started at short odds for the Distaff and started from the rear in the race. She began to close from three furlongs out, before being ridden to lead from two furlongs out and keeping on well to win by just under two lengths. It was another impressive performance from the horse, who remains one of the leading fillies in training. She will also now continue to race, having been sold for $9.5 million after the race.
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