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  • Track the average odds for the most talked-about horses competing at the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Classic
  • Flightline and Life Is Good are the current Breeders’ Cup Classic favorites
  • View the winning horses, jockeys and trainers from each of the past ten years

The Breeders’ Cup has been running since 1984 and has evolved into a two-day race at the end of the thoroughbred-racing season. The Breeders’ Cup Classic often decides the Horse of the Year. This year’s 39th Breeders’ Cup Classic is set to run on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.

We’re tracking the odds for each thoroughbred from the time of open up to the big race in November. The main graph on this page has been generated by calculating the average from our most trusted sportsbooks.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Top Contenders

  • [9/12/22] Flightline is a -150 odds-on favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic
  • [8/30/22] Taiba has entered the conversation among the favorites at +1400 odds.
  • [7/18/22] Flightline is emerging as the leading favorite at +250 odds. Meanwhile Olympiad has jumped into the conversation among the favorites with +800 odds
  • [6/9/22] Alongside Flightline, now Life Is Good is also co-favored at +600 odds in the Breeders’ Cup Classic favorites
  • [4/13/22] Life Is Good has emerged as the leading favorite at 6-1 odds as we approach the Kentucky Derby
  • [1/26/22] Flightline and Life Is Good have opened as the leading early favorites, each with +800 odds

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2022 Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds

Horse Odds
Flightline -150
Epicenter +500
Life Is Good +700
Olympiad +1000
Art Collector +1200
Cyberknife +1400
Country Grammar +1600
Taiba +1600
Hot Rod Charlie +2000
Happy Saver +2500
Mandaloun +2500
Speaker’s Corner +2500
Zandon +2500
Americanrevolution +3300
Scalding +3300
Smile Happy +3300
Echo Zulu +4000
Fulsome +4000
Messier +4000
Newgrange +4000
Dr Post +5000
Tiz The Bomb +5000
We The People +5000

Odds as of Sept 12

Flightline and Epicenter are the top favorites in mid-September in the Breeders’ Cup Classic odds.

Knicks Go won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2021 with a winning time of 1:59:57 taking home the $6,000,000 purse. This time was .03 tenths of a second faster than 2022 winner Authentic who won with a time of 1:59:60.

Knicks Go’s winning time was also the fastest time since 2008. In 2008 Raven’s Pass won with a time of 1:59:27.

Knicks Go was just the second five-year-old to win in the past four years and only one of two five-year-olds to win since 2013 (Mucho Macho Man).

Recent Breeders’ Cup Classic Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Knicks Go Joel Rosario Brad H Cox
2020 Authentic John Velazquez Bob Baffert
2019 Vino Rosso Irad Ortiz Jr. Todd Pletcher
2018 Accelerate Joel Rosario John W. Sadler
2017 Gun Runner Florent Geroux Steven M. Asmussen
2016 Arrogate Mike Smith Bob Baffert
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert
2014 Bayern Martin Garcia Bob Baffert
2013 Mucho Macho Man Gary Stevens Katherine Ritvo
2012 Fort Larned Brian Hernandez Jr. Ian Wilkes
2011 Drosselmeyer Mike. Smith W. Mott
2010 Blame G. Gomez A. Stall

Trainers with the Most Wins

Trainer Brad H Cox of Korea Racing Authority won his first Breeders’ Cup Classic with Knicks Go in 2021.

He has a ways to go to catch the all-time leader, Bob Baffert with four. Baffert last won in 2022 with Authentic.

Jockeys with the Most Wins

Joel Rosario now has two wins at the Breeders’ Cup Classic as a jockey. In addition to winning while riding Knicks Go in 2021, he also won in 2018 with Accelerate.

Jerry Bailey and Chris McCarron lead the all-time list with five victories.


Archived Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds: 2021, 2020, 2019

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