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Updated odds and a new favorite after early wagering on the Breeders’ Cup Classic

Accelerate, with Victor Espinoza aboard, wins the Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park.
Accelerate, with Victor Espinoza aboard, wins the Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park. AP

Advance wagering for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday showed some love for a couple of 3-year-old contenders and offered an early peek at the marquee race for these world championships.

As of Friday at 7:15 p.m. , Travers Stakes winner Catholic Boy was the 3-1 favorite, based on a total of $32,903 wagered the day before the big race. That number came from on-track handle at Churchill Downs, as well select other outlets that had reported early wagering numbers as of Friday evening.

Another 3-year-old — the Bob Baffert-trained McKinzie — was next at 4-1. McKinize was 6-1 on the morning line, and Catholic Boy was 8-1 in those odds.

Morning-line favorite Accelerate was the next choice at 5-1 in early wagering, and no other Classic contender had odds shorter than 9-1.

The early wagering numbers Friday evening will be a small fraction of the total handle on Saturday’s Classic, which is set for a 5:44 p.m. post time and will be televised live on NBC.

Early wagering

1. Thunder Snow (12-1)

2. Roaring Lion (15-1)

3. Catholic Boy (3-1)

4. Gunnevera (29-1)

5. Lone Sailor (33-1)

6. McKinzie (4-1)

7. West Coast (9-1)

8. Pavel (24-1)

9. Mendelssohn (10-1)

10. Yoshida (13-1)

11. Mind Your Biscuits (12)

12. Axelrod (65-1)

13. Discreet Lover (24-1)

14. Accelerate (5-1)

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