So You Think Adds Betting Intrigue to Breeders’ Cup Classic
The quest of the brilliant filly Havre de Grace to beat the boys again in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and wrap up Horse of the Year honors may get more difficult, as the connections of a top European horse have their sights on trying the Classic.
Dato Tan Chin Nam, who sold a controlling stake in So You Think to Coolmore last year, said he wanted his five-year-old to 'take on the world' and ship to Churchill Downs for the Classic, which would be his third start in six weeks and his first career outing on dirt.
The five-year-old is well traveled, a Group 1 winner in Australia, England, and Ireland, and most recently was second in the Qipco Champion Stakes (G1) on Oct. 15 at Ascot.
That outing came just two weeks after he finished fourth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Longchamp on Oct. 2.
Among his victories this year include the Coral Eclipse Stakes (G1) at Sandown Park in July and the Irish Champion Stakes (G1) at Leopardstown in September.
Overall he has won 12 of 19 starts for career earnings of over $6 million.
Bodog does not have So You Think on their Classic Futures odds yet, but the price overseas has been as low as 5/1, putting him right in the mix with the two likely favorites for the race, Havre de Grace and Uncle Mo.
Currently at Bodog, Uncle Mo is the 3/1 betting favorite, while Havre de Grace is the second choice at 5/1.
Other Classic contenders taking some action are Tizway (7/1), Await the Dawn (9/1), Flat Out (10/1) and Stay Thirsty (10/1).
Future Betting on Mile
Goldikova is seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), and is currently 5/2 at Bodog.
The six-year-old mare has won two of four starts this year, most recently a head loss in the Qatar Prix De La Foret (G1) at Longchamp on Oct. 2, beaten by Dream Ahead.
The current second choice in the future betting is overseas invader Strong Suit for trainer Richard Hannon.
The three-year-old colt comes into the Mile off back to back wins, taking the Lennox Stakes (G2) at Goodwood in July, and the Challenge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket on Oct. 8 in his most recent outing.
The best hope for the U.S. is Gio Ponti, a three-time Eclipse Award winner who ran second to Goldikova last year in the Mile.
The six-year-old is coming into the race off an impressive victory in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland on Oct. 8.