St Leger Winner Mastery Tops Marathon Field

St Leger Winner Mastery Tops Marathon Field
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Despite winning last year's Breeders' Cup Marathon, Muhannak is listed at 12-1 in the morning line odds.
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Godolphin Racing’s Mastery has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon, which kicks off the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita.

The 1 3/4-mile Marathon will be contested by 10 horses, including 2008 Irish-bred winner Muhannak.

A Darley-bred son of Sulamani trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Mastery has won or placed in seven of eight career starts while earning $1,183,249. The 3-year-old colt won the Italian Derby (Ity-II) earlier in the season and took the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) on Sept. 12, his most recent start. Mastery will have the services of Frankie Dettori.

Father Time, a Juddmonte Farms homebred who finished fourth in the St Leger for trainer Henry Cecil, is the 3-1 second favorite. He will be ridden by Eddie Ahern.

Although he won the Marathon last year, Muhannak is listed at 12-1 morning line odds. The son of Chester House has been unplaced in eight starts since his victory at Santa Anita last year.

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Breeders' Cup Marathon
Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1. Black Astor Alex Solis Lisa Lewis 12-1
2. Muhannak Ryan Moore Richard Pegum 12-1
3. Nite Light John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 4-1
4. Cloudy's Knight Rosemary Homeister Jr. Jonathan Sheppard 8-1
5. Father Time Eddie Ahern Henry Cecil 3-1
6. Mastery Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 9-5
7. Sir Dave Joel Rosario Jack Carava 20-1
8. Eldaafer Rafael Bejarano Diane Alvarado 30-1
9. Man of Iron John Murtagh Aidan P. O'Brien 8-1
10. Gangbuster Kent Desormeaux J. Keith Desormeaux 30-1

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