Jockey Club Gold Cup key to Breeders' Cup Classic odds

Andy Lyons

The Breeders' Cup is a month away, but this weekend is important in setting the odds for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.

Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park may go a long way toward determining who ends up as the betting favorite for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 2.

Bovada currently has Game On Dude as the early favorite in Breeders Cup betting odds at 4-1 (for the $5 million Classic). The Bob Baffert trainee is undefeated in five starts this year and will train up to the race.

Three taking plenty of betting action in the Classic future wagering will be in action in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Cross Traffic, who is currently 8-1 in Classic betting, will take on Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb and Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Palace Malice.

Cross Traffic is coming off an impressive victory in the Whitney Handicap (G1) on Aug. 3. The colt came out on the wrong end of photo finishes in his two previous starts, the Met Mile (G1) and the Westchester (G3).

Derby winner Orb is currently listed at 10-1 in future Classic odds according to The colt was third in the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga in his last outing.

Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice is also listed at 10-1 in Classic future wagering and makes his first start since a fourth in the Travers.

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Breeders Cup Classic - Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California (from Bovada racebook)

Game On Dude 4/1

Cross Traffic 8/1

Fort Larned 10/1

Orb 10/1

Palace Malice 10/1

Verrazano 10/1

Cigar Street 12/1

Graydar 12/1

Declaration Of War 12/1

Will Take Charge 12/1

Flat Out 14/1

Paynter 14/1

Royal Delta 14/1

Alpha 16/1

Successful Dan 16/1

Mucho Macho Man 20/1

Ron the Greek 20/1

Kettle Corn 20/1

Moreno 20/1

Bourbon Courage 25/1

Revolutionary 25/1

Overanalyze 25/1

Planteur 25/1

Mshawish 33/1

Mylute 40/1

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