Zenyatta is 5-2 Favorite in the Classic

Zenyatta is 5-2 Favorite in the Classic
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Zenyatta is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Classic.
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Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss’ Zenyatta, undefeated in 13 career starts, was installed as the 5-2 favorite when she takes on males for the first time in the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I).

She is attempting to be the first female to the win the World Championship's marquee event.

A field of 13, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird, was entered in the $5-million, 1 1/4-mile Classic.

Trained by John Shirreffs, Zenyatta has been dominant throughout her career, with her 2008 undefeated seven-race win streak capped by a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies (gr. I) and a championship crown. This year, the daughter of Street Cry has won all four starts. She has earned $2,774,580.

"She deserves a shot here," Jerry Moss of the decision to go outside Zenyatta’s gender class to take on males. "She has done everything we have asked."

Zenyatta will be ridden by regular rider Mike Smith.

Installed as the 7-2 second choice in the Classic was Rip Van Winkle, an Irish import trained by Aidan O’Brien for Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier. The 3-year-old son of Galileo has two consecutive group I wins, including a triumph in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot coming into the Classic. He will have the services of regular rider John Murtagh.

Summer Bird, trained by Tim Ice and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, is the 9-2 third choice. 

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Breeders' Cup Classic
Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1.  Mine That Bird  Calvin Borel  Chip Woolley, Jr.  12-1
2.  Colonel John    Garrett Gomez  Eoin Harty  12-1
3.  Summer Bird  Kent Desormeaux  Tim Ice  9-2
4.  Zenyatta  Mike Smith  John Shirreffs  5-2
5.  Twice Over  Thomas Queally  Henry Cecil  20-1
6.  Richard's Kid    Alex Solis  Bob Baffert  12-1
7.  Gio Ponti    Ramon Dominguez  Christophe Clement  12-1
8.  Einstein    Julien Leparoux  Helen Pitts  12-1
9.  Girolamo    Alan Garcia  Saeed bin Suroor  20-1
10.  Rip Van Winkle  John Murtagh  Aidan O'Brien  7-2
11.  Regal Ransom    Richard Migliore  Saeed bin Suroor  20-1
12.  Quality Road    John Velazquez  Todd Pletcher  12-1
13.  Awesome Gem  David Flores  Craig Dollase  30-1

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