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2015 Pacific Classic Betting Preview PT 2

Catch A Flight is considered to be the outright second favourite for the race with most bookmakers pricing Beholder’s stablemate at a 4/1 margin to get the job done here against the talented female. Flavien Prat is booked for the trip and he has been in really notable form over the past few months in California but is generally regarded as a higher quality turf jockey than he is on the new Del Mar dirt surface. 


The bigger story coming in here, though, appears to be the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, who has been off form since coming back after his big victory last year at Santa Anita. The win itself was controversial as the horse broke poorly and clearly impacted several runners in the race who were unable to get a quality start. This left a bad taste in the mouth of many racing observers with more than a few believing that if the horse hadn’t been trained by west coast stalwart Bob Baffert that the horse would have been taken down by the stewards. 

Bayern can be backed at anywhere from 9/2 to 5/1 right now and that’s right alongside his stablemate Hoppertunity - another horse who was great last year but has been unable to really re-channel that good form. 

The likes of Hard Aces appears to be one of the key spoilers here and he will be piloted by Victor Espinoza. Right now, you’ll find the John Sadler charge trading at around 7/1 with most major bookmakers and a 6/1 price on the morning line. The real wise guy horse, however, looks to be Red Vine - the Christophe Clemente horse has shipped out for this one and they obviously didn’t come to run second. 

A good portion of the bookmakers have the horse trading anywhere from 12/1 to 16/1 at the moment and that’s makes this a tidy each-way wager. Midnight Storm sits at a 16/1 margin at the moment while Imperative trades at a 25/1 margin. 

Bailoutbobby can be backed at 50/1 while Class Leader rounds out the 2015 Pacific Classic field with a price hovering anywhere between 33/1 and a full 66/1 margin - what a story that would be.