The Breeders’ Cup Classic live stream and TV coverage continues this afternoon as Day 2 of the action is scheduled to take place today from Santa Anita Park in Santa Anita, California. The Breeders’ Cup Classic is two days of racing that brings together the top horses in the world. This year, some of the best in the game are ready to make a run at history, including undefeated California Chrome.
According to the LA Times, California Chrome will try to finish an incredible career with a seventh straight win Saturday afternoon when he runs against the best horse racing has to offer. Chrome has won his last six races including the Dubai World Cup, the San Diego Handicap, and his latest victory, the Awesome Again Grade I Stakes race that took place on October 1 from Santa Anita Park.
Earlier this year, California Chrome set the record for most earnings by a North American horse, winning nearly $13.5 million. If Chrome pulls out the victory this afternoon, when all is said and done, he should eclipse the $20 million mark in career earnings. Long time training legend Art Sherman would love to see California Chrome finish his incredible career in the winner’s circle.
“I’d sure like to see him go out a winner,” said Art Sherman, his 79-year-old trainer.
“He’s done just about everything a horse could do. Should he win the Breeders’ Cup, it would really be a feather in his hat. It looks like a great resume for a stud going up for his first year as a sire.”
If anyone can spoil California Chrome’s finale on the race track, it may be the No. 10 horse, Arrogate. Arrogate blew the competition away when he rolled to a record 13 and a half-length win in the 2016 Travers Stakes back in August. Arrogate made the field at Saratoga look like child’s play as he jumped ahead of the competition and never looked back.
The win that day elevated Arrogate’s expectations, and with good reason. Arrogate has won his last four races, however, they weren’t against this type of competition. Nevertheless, he is being hailed as the heir apparent to California Chrome, so many expert handicappers are expecting him to finish in the money.
Arrogate is trained by one of the best in the business, Bob Baffert. Baffert, who has trained some of the best horses in the world, including American Pharoah, Bodemeister, and Dortmond, feels Arrogate has a shot today, but the jury is still out on how good this horse can be.
“We don’t know how good Arrogate is,” trainer Bob Baffert said.
“In everybody’s mind, they are asking ‘How good is this horse? Is he the next Secretariat? Is he the super horse?’ “What he did at the Travers is pretty superhorse-ish. He’s got to run that race back if he’s got a chance of beating Chrome.”
The entire field for today’s Breeders’ Cup $6 million race is top notch; however, today will belong once again to California Chrome. Look for Chrome to pull off the win in his final performance in the spotlight. Jockey Victor Espinoza knows how to win and will get it done today.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic race is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET and will air live nationally on NBC. Horse racing fans can also catch all of the Breeders’ Cup action live online through the NBC Sports Network. If you can’t watch the race, be sure to check back here for the results, as the results and payouts will be posted in the comment section below.
Here is a look at the field, post positions and current morning line odds for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
- Effinex –15-1 (Flavien Prat)
- Frosted –5-1 (Joel Rosario)
- Keen Ice — 20-1 (Javier Castellano)
- California Chrome –1-1 (Victor Espinoza)
- Win the Space — 30-1 (Gary Stevens)
- Melatonin — 12-1 (Joseph Talamo)
- War Story — 30-1 (Scott Spieth)
- Shaman Ghost — 20-1 (Irad Ortiz Jr.)
- Hoppertunity — 15-1 (John Velazquez)
- Arrogate — 5-2 (Mike Smith)
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