$5 Million BC Classic Showcases Top Contenders

$5 Million BC Classic Showcases Top Contenders

Category : News - Sat 31/10/2015 - 00:31 EDT

With the late scratch of Beholder in the $5 million Grade 1 Breeders Cup Classic October 31 at Keeneland, American Pharoah (4/5) figures to get a much easier trip possibly even a loose lead in the 1 1/4 mile journey.

American Phaorah certainly doesn’t need the lead, but has been plenty comfortable when assuming that position, while winning the Grade 1 Preakness and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes in gate-to-wire fashion in addition to a handful of other races on the Triple Crown champ’s resume. Breaking from post 4, regular rider Victor Espinoza figures to find an ideal spot either on the lead or from a cozy tracking position. Defeated in his last start for just the second time in ten career races, American Pharoah has worked spectacularly in the interim and appears well-positioned to further solidify his place as one of the all-time greats.

Tonalist has every chance

On paper, Tonalist (4/1) has been a model of consistency, recording Beyer Speed Figures in the range of 105-111 in each of his last seven starts. While Belmont Park has been the four year-old multiple grade 1 winner’s track of preference, he has run credibly at Saratoga and Santa Anita during that span. Tonalist appears to be the main threat to American Pharoah in the stretch.

Honor Code rolls lates

Honor Code (5/1) has been a quirky, but brilliant stretch runner in his ten race career, but enters the Classic off a dull third-place effort in the Grade 2 Kelso over sloppy Belmont race track. Honor Code will benefit from a quick pace up front, and should make his usual late charge in the lane. 

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