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.
|Breeders' Cup Marathon|
|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|