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Excitement builds ahead of weekend’s Breeders’ Cup

It’s all eyes across the Atlantic as the Breeders’ Cup is being staged at Keeneland this weekend, the first time it has ever been held at the Kentucky venue. The race meeting starts at 3pm local time Friday and runs into Saturday.

The event of course is keeping the tipsters in gainful employment and eyes are already being turned towards American Pharoah who will be running his last race in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, worth $5 million dollars before being sent to stud.

This race scheduled for a 5.35pm (local time) post time is for three-year-olds and upwards.

Michael Dempsey, rating American Pharoah’s chances, writes on Bleacher Report: “In what many consider the most anticipated Breeders’ Cup race of all time, the Triple Crown winner faces nine foes who include several legitimate contenders, among them the brilliant mare Beholder, who is seeking to become just the second female to win the Classic.”

American Pharoah goes into the race as bookies’ favourite at 6/5 while Beholder is 3/1. Three other runners rated as worthy of consideration by Dempsey are Tonalist at 6/1, Honor Code also at 6/1 and Keen ice, who has already beaten American Pharoah this year at 12/1.

Prior to the Breeders’ Cup Classic the Breeders’ Cup Turf, worth $3 million, is being run. Sky Bet have made Golden Horn the favourite for this race with odds of 4/1, revised from 8/15 following the draw earlier in the week. The odds for second favourite Found have widened marginally from 10/3 to 7/2 while The Pizza Man saw odds lengthened from 8/1 to 9/1 by Sky Bet.

The Friday card kicks off with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Sky Bet are making Hit A Bomb favourite at 9/2, Airoforce second favourite at 5/1 and Cymric at 5/2.

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