Handicapping the Breeders’ Cup Classic: Expert Picks and Predictions 🏆

None of the Triple Crown race winners are in the field (Mage, National Treasure – he’s in the Dirt Mile – or Arcangelo), but he 12-horse Classic is still a strong one, with so many betting options.

Carded as race 9 with a post time of 6:40 p.m. ET, the $6 million Classic will be followed by two more Breeders’ Cup races, the Turf Sprint and the Sprint.

In the 40th Classic, at 1 ¼ miles, late-blooming and front-running 3-year-olds Arabian Knight and Saudi Crown take on older horses including White Abarrio, a pair of Japan-based horses in Ushba Tesero and Derma Sotogake, with the likes of recent G1 winners Bright Future and Zandon also in the mix.

Ushba Tesero, a 6-year-old, has a six-race winning streak and earnings of more than $9.5 million.

Below are the picks from the team at usracing.com

Breeder’s Cup Classic: Picks, Predictions and Odds

The Professor:

1 Proxy 2 Arabian Knight 3 White Abarrio

“With Arcangelo and Geaux Rocket Ride sidelined, the path to the winner’s circle opened for Proxy, the best closer in a field overloaded with early speed.’’

Mr. Tout:

1 Ushba Tesoro 2 Arabian Knight 3 Zandon

“World traveler Ushba Tesoro sits off a hot pace and blasts home to give Japan its first Classic victory.’’


1 Ushba Tesoro 2 Arabian Knight 3 Bright Future

“This guy looks fantastic on the track and carries a strong winning streak into this one. A smooth start, and he could be the one.”


1 White Abarrio 2 Saudi Crown 3 Arabian Knight

“Imagine: After a 10-year suspension for numerous medication violations, trainer Rick Dutrow wins the Classic. This is what I’m imagining.


1 White Abarrio 2 Ushba Tesero 3 Derma Sotogake


Harriet ‘Capper:

1 Arabian Knight 2 Ushba Tesero 3 White Abarrio

“Outside post isn’t ideal, but he’s been training well over his home track and his trainer likes to win the big ones.”


2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds and Post Positions

PP Horse Odds Trainer Jockey
2 Zandon 12-1 Chad C. Brown Lafranco Dettori
3 White Abarro 4-1 Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Irad Ortiz,Jr.
4 Missed The Cut 30-1 John W. Sadler Luis Saez
5 Derma Sotogake 20-1 Hidetaka Otonashi Christophe Lemaire
6 Saudi Crown 12-1 Brad H. Cox Florent Geroux
7 Clapton 20-1 Chad Summers Tyler Gaffalione
8 Ushba Tesoro 4-1 Noboru Tagaki Yuga Kawada
9 Senor Buscador 30-1 Todd W.Fincher Geovanni Franco
10 Dreamlike 30-1 Todd A. Pletcher Jose L. Ortiz
11 Bright Future 10-1 Todd A. Pletcher John Velazquez
12 Arabian Knight 3-1 Bob Baffert Flavien Prat
13 Proxy 12-1 Michael Stidham Joel Rosario
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