Palace Malice, California Chrome listed as early favorites for Horse of the Year
Palace Malice, the consensus top older horse in training, has been bet down to 5-2 co-favoritism with dual classic winner California Chrome in Eclipse Awards 2014 Horse of the Year future bet odds listed by William Hill. Both horses last competed on Belmont Stakes Day, with Palace Malice dominating the Metropolitan Handicap a few races before California Chrome came up short in a historic Triple Crown bid, finishing fourth in the Belmont Stakes.
California Chrome is resting for a fall campaign that could include a prep race before the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on November 1. Meanwhile, Palace Malice continues to train like clockwork and is pointing to the August 2 Whitney H. at Saratoga.
Seven-year-old Wise Dan saw his odds float as high as 12-1 following surgery for colic on May 16. However, the two-time defending Horse of the Year's supporters have made him 8-1 since returning to training late last month at Keeneland. He could try for a third straight victory in the August 10 Fourstardave at Saratoga.
The other Horse of the Year contender in single digits is Mucho Macho Man, 8-1, who was found to have bruised ankles after a fourth-place effort in March's Santa Anita H. If all goes well this month, Mucho Macho Man will likely prep for a Breeders' Cup Classic title defense in the September 27 Awesome Again at Santa Anita, the same schedule he found success with last year.
Three-year-old filly sensation Untapable remains the shortest-priced female at 14-1. The winner of the Kentucky Oaks and, most recently, the Mother Goose will show up next in either the July 27 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park versus males or the July 20 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga against her own sex.
Demand from bettors resulted in four new names being added to the odds sheet this week: undefeated three-year-old Shared Belief (25-1), Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist (25-1), Stephen Foster H. winner Moonshine Mullin (40-1) and three-year-old Woody Stephens winner Bayern (50-1).
A complete list of 2014 Horse of the Year odds can be accessed on Dave Tuley's "View From Vegas" sports betting website. William Hill operates 100 sports betting locations across Nevada.
Future bet wagering on Horse of the Year will conclude November 7, six days after the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita.
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