The 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic will get underway on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. The 12-horse 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic field features two colts trained by Todd Pletcher, who has won the Breeders' Cup Classic an astounding 14 times. His 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic horses, Bright Future and Dreamlike, will be raced by renowned jockeys John Velazquez and Jose Ortiz, respectively, but does that make them worth betting your money on them? Arabian Knight is the 3-1 favorite in the 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic odds, followed by White Abarrio and Ushba Tesoro at 4-1. Zandon, who finished third in the 2022 Kentucky Derby, is a 12-1 longshot.
The 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic post time is 6:40 p.m. ET. You'll want to see what SportsLine's Jody Demling has to say before entering any 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic picks or horse racing predictions of your own, considering his spectacular track record.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling nailed Flightline's win at the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2022. This is the same expert who nailed the winner, trifecta and superfecta in the 2023 Preakness Stakes. Demling also enters the 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic having nailed the winner of the Belmont Stakes four of the last six years, including an exacta in 2022 with Mo Donegal and Nest.
Additionally, he has hit 10 of the last 15 Derby-Oaks doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both races all but five times in the last 15 tries. Anyone who has followed him is up huge.
Now, with the Breeders' Cup Classic 2023 approaching, Demling is sharing his picks and predictions over at SportsLine. Go here to see them.
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One of Demling's surprising 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic picks: He is fading White Abarrio, even though he's one of the favorites in the Breeders' Cup Classic odds at 4-1. In fact, Demling says the four-year-old with two career Grade 1 wins doesn't even hit the board at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.
The four-year-old colt is familiar to bettors after winning four of his first five starts. However, the son of Race Day hasn't competed since August and hasn't raced on a track longer than 1 1/8 miles in well over a year. That race was the Kentucky Derby, and White Abarrio placed 16th at Churchill Downs after entering as one of the favorites. "He was shipped to Santa Anita in September, which is a plus, but I don't think he can get the mile and a quarter distance," Demling told SportsLine. See which horses to pick here.
Another surprise: Demling is high on Zandon, even though he's a double-digit longshot at 12-1. The four-year-old colt won four of his first five career starts, including the 2022 Florida Derby. However, he's struggled to even hit the board since then, winning just one of his last eight stakes races.
White Abarrio hasn't raced competitively since early August, meaning it will be three months by the time the 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic rolls around. Over his last three starts that he had a break of more than two months, he finished third, third, and fifth. Also, it's been a year-and-a-half since he raced at any distance longer than 1 1/8 miles, and he finished 16th in his lone try at that lengthier distance. Demling sites this race's length as a reason to fade White Abarrio, saying, "I don't think he can get the mile and a quarter distance." See which horses to pick here.
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Demling just locked in his picks for Ushba Tesoro, Arabian Knight and every horse in the 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic lineup. He is high on a massive double-digit underdog who's a "live longshot." Demling said this horse "will be near the front early on and has a shot to get a piece of it." Demling is sharing which horse it is, along with his entire projected 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic leaderboard, over at SportsLine.
Who wins the Breeders' Cup Classic 2023, and which longshot is a must-back? Check out the latest 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's picks for the 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic, all from the expert who nailed last year's winner, and find out.
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