If for some reason Zenyatta doesn’t go in the BC Classic and instead goes in the Ladies’ Classic then Rip Van Winkle would be the Breeders Cup betting favorite.
Breeders Cup odds have Rip Van Winkle just slightly behind Zenyatta. It is likely that Rip Van Winkle will be 7-2 while Zenyatta will be 5-2 in Breeders Cup odds. Zenyatta has never lost in her career but she has never faced males.
While Zenyatta is going to get a lot of Breeders Cup odds play, Rip Van Winkle is a very talented horse. "Rip is a great horse and has been swimming against the tide all season," trainer Aidan O’Brien said. "If people knew half of what he has gone through this season. Most other horses would have fallen away. He is only a three-year-old and has had a long season but we are looking forward to it.”
The question for Rip Van Winkle would be the synthetic surface for Breeders Cup odds at Santa Anita but that doesn’t seem to concern O’Brien. "He is a real crack miler full of strength and determination.” he said, “I would be surprised if the surface does not work for him. He is one of those who has real mile pace and does not wilt at the end."
O’Brien is also looking at having another good horse going in the Dirt Mile as Mastercraftsman could get some Breeders Cup odds attention. "We know what he can do on turf and this race gives us another option," he said.
There are 14 races in Breeders Cup odds beginning with the Marathon on Friday, November 6th. There are five other Breeders Cup betting races on Friday, all of which will be televised by ESPN 2. The Marathon is followed by the Juvenile Fillies and the Fillies Turf in Breeders Cup odds. The other three Breeders Cup betting races on Friday are the Filly & Mare Turf, the Filly & Mare Sprint and the Ladies’ Classic.
There are eight races on Saturday. Breeders Cup odds begin with the Juvenile Turf, the Turf Sprint and the Sprint. These Breeders Cup betting races will be televised on ABC. The Juvenile is the first of five Breeders Cup odds races televised on ESPN. It is followed in Breeders Cup odds by the Mile, the Dirt Mile, the Turf and the Classic.