NEW YORK CITY (Tuesday, May 20, 2014) – Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome, winner of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, has been bet down to -125 in Eclipse Awards 2014 Horse of the Year future bet odds listed by William Hill. As hero of both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, California Chrome will attempt to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, and first since 1978, in the June 7 Belmont Stakes.
California Chrome is the only horse listed in terms of a “money line” familiar to sports gamblers. At -125, bettors must wager $125 for a return of $100 on top of their investment. Any amount can be wagered, though, so $125 successfully bet on California Chrome would pay $225, while a $12.50 ticket would be worth $22.50.
Meanwhile, odds on the two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan, coming off emergency surgery for colic late last week, have floated up to 12-1.
Other favorites (with odds) include: Palace Malice (4-1), undefeated in 2014; Will Take Charge (10-1), last year’s Champion 3-Year-Old; Game On Dude (10-1), three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner; and Mucho Macho Man (10-1), defending Breeders’ Cup Classic hero.
Dominant Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable remains the shortest-priced filly or mare, as well as the next 3-year-old after California Chrome, at 14-1.
A complete list of 2014 Horse of the Year odds updated Monday by William Hill can be accessed on Dave Tuley’s “View From Vegas” sports betting website at www.viewfromvegas.com/uploads/2014-HOY-William_Hill_5-19.pdf. William Hill operates 100 sports betting locations across Nevada.
Future bet wagering on Horse of the Year will conclude Nov. 7, six days after the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles.
Horse of the Year will be announced at the 44th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony on January 17, 2015, at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, located outside Miami in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The official result and voting tabulation for the Horse of the Year future bet will be posted online at ntra.com.