Triple Crown champion American Pharoah looks to ride into the sunset while capturing the first grand slam in horse racing history at the Breeders Cup Classic on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. The three-year-old Pioneer of the Nile colt figures to run the last race of his esteemed and record-breaking career before he’s put out to stud for a hefty price, but must first fight off eight other challengers in the 1 1/4-mile and $5 million race.
Despite finishing second at the Grade 1 Travers Stakes in August after winning eight consecutive races, American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza enter the showdown as 6/5 favorites from the No. 4 post, according to the latest odds from Sportsbook.ag.
The track lists American Pharoah’s main competition Tonalist at 4/1 out of the No. 1 post and Honor Code at 5/1 from the No. 10, but bettors away from Keeneland have shifted both back to 6/1.
Oddsmakers and bettors also seem to agree on the biggest longshot. Hard Aces, riding out of the No. 8 post, is currently listed at 30/1 at Keeneland and Sportsbook gives him even less of a shot at 50/1.
The weather also appears to be in American Pharoah’s favor. Accuweather indicates the temperature will be roughly 59-degrees Fahrenheit at post time with cloudy skies above, just before showers are expected to fall around 6 p.m. ET.
Post, Start Time: 5:35 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Updated Odds To Win and Posts via Sportsbook.ag
2.Keen Ice 12/1
4.American Pharoah 6/5
7.Smooth Roller 15/1
8.Hard Aces 50/1
9.Honor Code 6/1