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CLASH OF THE BIG 3

By HRI Foreign Staff — The Best East Coast Horses To Win The Breeders Cup

With 2021 soon ending, the opportunity to look back on an incredible sporting year will soon be upon us and although Christmas is approaching on the horizon, there is still plenty of action left on this year’s racing calendar.

Action that will present itself this weekend, as the 2021 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Classic is once again up for grabs and with some of the best thoroughbreds soon to be on show, the focus will be on those that reside in the East Coast of America.

With nine horses in the field at the time of writing, three of those will be offering up East Coast representation and when you look at the trio of names from this area of the United States, it is quite a formidable trio.

Speed is always dangerous…

A trio that includes current favourite Knicks Go and at odds of +200, there is a considerable amount of confidence in the Brad Cox trained horse and with the Breeders’ Cup also being the last race of this pacesetter’s incredible career, many will be hoping for a fairy-tale end to proceedings.

Proceedings which have seen Knicks Go earn nearly $6m in total prize money and with the total prize for this great race being that exact sum, there seems to be a neat synergy between the horse and the event itself.

An event that the BetMGM New York horse betting community will be taking an increased interest in and with so many regular bettors already staking their money on Knicks Go, they will hope for success at the end of the weekend’s festivities.

While if it is not to be the Korea Racing Authority owned horse which gets over the line first, East Coast success could come in the guise of Essential Quality and when you look at how this thoroughbred has performed in the past, the name is somewhat fitting

Essential Quality is owned by the legendary Godolphin stable and when it comes to the Dubai based ownership, their name is one that is synonymous with one thing and one thing only – that being the pursuit of victory.

A pursuit that has done them well over the past quarter century or so and with career earnings of more than $85m, it is easy to understand just why they are one of the most fearsome racing ownership groups in the world today.

A group that has put all its energy into getting Essential Quality into the best possible position to win this year’s Breeders’ Cup and with Brad Cox installed as trainer, they will both hope that Luis Saez steers this horse to victory.

Then again, victory is nearly the only thing that Essential Quality trades in and with nine career starts to its name, it has managed to win eight and with it currently lying second favourite in the pre-race market, odds of +300 do look rather tempting.

But what of the other member of the East Coast trio? That of course being Art Collector and although it may not be as feared as the other two horses mentioned above, it should not be overlooked at the same time.

With 15 career starts to its name, the Bruce Lunsford owned horse has won eight of them and with $1.5m in winnings already being accrued, both the owner and trainer Bill Mott will hope that jockey Mike Smith can add even more money to their prize pot.

If that is to be the case and Art Collector is to pull off what can only be considered as a relative shock, then Smith will have to bring his a-game in order to get the right tune out of Art Collector and if this can be done, then the shock is very much on.

At odds of +900, the four-year-old is at the lower end of the pre-race market and although this may be considered an outside punt, there is certainly value to be obtained from this bet at the same time.

Because with Art Collector being the sixth favourite at the time of writing, there is then a considerable step change to Tripoli in seventh and with the latter being priced at odds of +2500, that genuinely is outsider territory.

Whether any of these three East Coast based horses can scoop this year’s race remains to be seen and if it is going to be anyone else, then Hot Rod Charlie and Medina Spirit cannot be overlooked either. One thing that is for certain, it is going to be a frenetic two minutes on the track.

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