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  • Track the average odds for the most talked-about horses competing at the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic
  • Authentic won the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic
  • 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 38th Breeders’ Cup Classic is set to run on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Santa Anita, California.

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

  • [7/19/21] Knicks Go is now the favorite, shortened from +1200. Knicks Go was 1st in the Prairie Meadows Cornjusker Handicap recently
  • [5/4/21] Early odds favor Charlatan at 6-1

2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds

Horse Odds
Knicks Go +700
Mystic Guide +800
Essential Quality +800
Happy Saver +1000
Life Is Good +1000
Maxfield +1100
Max Player +1200
Silver State +1400
Hot Rod Charlie +1400
Medina Spirit +1600
Mandaloun +1600
Rombauer +1600
Rock Your World +2000
Jackie’s Warrior +2000
Concert Tour +2500
Tacitus +2500
Idol +2500
Chuwa Wizard +2500
Known Agenda +3300
Dr Post +3300
Midnight Bourbon +3300
Express Train +3300
Fulsome +3300
Ownedale +5000
Dream Shake +6600
Jesus’ Team +8000

Odds as of July 19 at Bet365

Breeders’ Cup Classic Stats

  • Authentic was the fourth favorite entering the race last year at +550 odds and took home the $6 million purse
  • John Velazquez was the winning jockey last year, winning his first Breeders’ Cup Classic. Velazquez was at it again at the Kentucky Derby in 2021, winning his fourth Derby while riding Medina Spirit
  • Mike Smith has the most overall Breeders’ Cup jockey wins with 26
  • D. Wayne Lucas has the most Breeders’ Cup victories as a trainer with 20

Past 10 Breeders’ Cup Classic Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
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

Authentic finished the 1 1/4 mile race with a time of 1:59.60 in 2020. This was the fastest winning race time since Raven’s Pass won in 2008 with a time of 1:59.27. It was the only sub 2:00 minute time since Bayern’s 2014 win at 1:59.88.

Trainers with the Most Wins


Bob Baffert didn’t produce his first Breeders’ Cup Classic champion until 2014, but he immediately made up for lost time by training each of the next two winning thoroughbreds. Baffert’s horses have now won over 2,800 races including seven Preakness Stakes, six Kentucky Derbies, and three Belmont Stakes.

In 2019, Todd Pletcher won his first Breeders’ Cup Classic as a trainer with Vino Rosso. But in 2020 Bob Baffert added to his impressive trophy cabinet winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic for the fourth time in seven years.

Jockeys with the Most Wins


Last year’s winning jockey John Velazquez. won his first Breeders’ Cup Classic of his career.


Archived Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds: 2020, 2019