2022 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Odds: Road To Kentucky Derby

Written By Dave Bontempo on November 1, 2022
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Who are the stars of tomorrow? That’s the essence of Future Stars Friday at the Breeders’ Cup, highlighted FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile odds. With a purse of $2 million, the 1 1/6-mile race is the richest two-year-old race in the nation.

Churchill Downs also awards points towards entry into the 2023 Kentucky Derby field to the top-five finishers of the Juvenile: 30, 12, 9, 6 and three from first to fifth, respectively. But even though trainer Bob Baffert is suspended from the Kentucky Derby again this year, he still has the favorite in this race. Baffert was banned for two years from the Run for the Roses for five drug violations over 12 months.

The approximate post time for the 2022 Juvenile on Friday is 5 p.m. ET. Click on the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile odds below to bet now.

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Odds: Morning Line and Post Positions

Post PositionHorseML OddsTrainerJockey
1Hurricane30-1J Paulo LoboJoseph Talamo
2Congruent30-1Antonio SanoJose Ortiz
3Cave Rock4-5Bob BaffertJuan Hernandez
4Forte4-1Todd PletcherIrad Ortiz
5Verifying10-1Brad CoxJoel Rosario
6Blazing Sevens6-1Chad BrownFlavien Prat
7Wound Up30-1Michael McCarthyMario Gutierrez
8Lost Ark20-1Todd PletcherLuis Saez
9Curly Jack20-1Thomas AmossEdgar Morales
10National Treasure8-1Bob BaffertJohn Velazquez

Past Performances

1. Hurricane

Absolutely nothing wrong with 2-for-2 and earnings of more than $100,000. Only in the Breeders’ Cup can that warrant 30-1 odds, as he goes against horses that have won several times that much. Has done everything asked but must move up and stretch out from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles.

2. Congruent

Good connections take a stab at this race after winning the Laurel Futurity at 10-1. Runs against better horses here but will show heart if he’s in it heading for home.

3. Cave Rock

Like a dominant prize-fighter. His connections knew he could face a tough test after he dominated local and reginol competition. Ran a 101 Beyer in his first outing, a six-length romp at Del Mar in August. He then won as easily as 2-5 suggested in the American Pharoah Stakes in October. Cave Rock is the best of California in this category. Now faces others with similar hopes. Will be forwardly placed early.

4. Forte

He scorched the field as a 1-5 favorite in his debut before flopping and finishing fourth as a 7-5 favorite in the Sanford. But he followed with an excellent rally in the slop to capture the Hopeful at 6-1, topping even-money favorite Gulfport. That would be enough to make his backers hopeful. He added to that with a brilliant stretch run to gain the Breeders’ Futurity (and 10 Kentucky Derby points) at this track and distance in October. That was on a fast track.

5. Verifying

Went as far as he could before weakening in the stretch at the Champagne in only his second start. He still earned a good second to Blazing Sevens. Offspring of Justify, the 2018 Triple Crown winner. Much to like. Lightly raced, natural improvement cycle could put him in the exotics.

6. Blazing Sevens

Improvement noted in consecutive slop races. He was beaten 12 lengths in the Hopeful but rebounded to capture the $500,000 Champagne at Aqueduct at a sweet price of 8-1. If Blazing Sevens had raced 15 times, it might be tempting to regard him as a wet specialist. But here is a young horse who is simply improving, period. Must go two turns, may be a hurdle, but he belongs in some tickets.

7. Wound Up

Not close in the $100,000 Speakeasy at Santa Anita. Now asked to make a colossal step forward. Doesn’t figure with these.

8. Lost Ark

Did win the Sapling in dominant fashion at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. But was not in the picture and sixth behind Forte in the Futurity. Nothing in that race suggested he would make up the difference.

9. Curly Jack

How good was his race in the $300,000 Grade III Iroquois in September? That’s what we’ll find out here. His best race followed a fifth-place finish in the Grade III Sanford Stakes at Saratoga. Horse is on an uptick at an age when improvement can be rapid.

10. National Treasure

Like Cave Rock, he is trained by Baffert. Had a well-meant second to Cave Rock in the American Pharoah Stakes but never threatened him. Stalker or late runner, may pick up some pieces.

How I’m Betting The Race

Will focus on an exacta box with Forte and Cave Rock (3-4). They have shown the best form. Cave Rock had putaway power in the American Pharoah and Forte showed mettle in winning the Futurity.

Tempted to hit this bet hard but will caution because Forte came out of a taxing race on October 8. Can he be as sharp?

Cave Rock should have no trouble setting the pace and Forte should be coming late. The improving Blazing Sevens, Curly Jack and Verifying could get a bigger piece of the exotics if either of the favorites falter. I will put at least one of these in a $1 trifecta box with Cave Rock and Forte.

Although this is a fairly large field, it is one that looks like the favorites should run well. That’s the angle I will wager into. Good luck cashing some tickets.

2022 Breeders’ Cup Schedule, How To Watch

Friday, Nov. 4

The Breeders’ Cup begins with Future Stars Friday, featuring all five Breeders’ Cup World Championships races for 2-year-olds. They start at 3 p.m. ET and there are approximately 40 minutes between post times. All times below are ET.

The Breeders’ Cup events are:

  • $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint, 5 1/2 furlongs, 3:00 p.m.
  • $2 million Juvenile Fillies 1 1/16 miles, 3:40 p.m.
  • $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf, 1 mile, 4:20 p.m.
  • $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, 1 1/6 miles, 5:00 p.m.
  • $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, 1 mile, 5:40 p.m.

Friday’s races will be televised on USA Network.

Saturday, Nov. 5

There will be 12 races on Saturday, Nov. 5, featuring nine Breeders’ Cup World Championships races.

The day features two undercard races with a first race post time of 10:30 a.m. ET. The first Breeders’ Cup Championship event will be Race No. 3, which will have a post time of 11:50 a.m. ET.

The Breeders’ Cup events are:

  • $2 million Filly & Mare Sprint, 7 furlongs, 11:40 a.m.
  • $1 million Turf Sprint, 5 1/2 furlongs, 12:29 p.m.
  • $1 million Dirt Mile, 1 mile, 1:10 p.m.
  • $2 million Filly & Mare Turf, 1 3/16 miles, 1:50 p.m.
  • $2 million Sprint, 6 furlongs, 2:30 p.m.
  • $2 million Mile, 1 mile, 3:10 p.m.
  • $2 million Distaff, 1 1/8 miles, 3:55 p.m.
  • $4 million Turf, 1 1/2 miles, 4:40 p.m.
  • $6 million Classic, 1 1/4 miles, 5:40 p.m.

The first seven races will be televised on USA Network, with the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Classic on NBC.

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