Breeders' Cup Betting Guide 2021

Odds, Strategy, And How To Place Your Bets


The Breeders’ Cup World Championships bring together the best horses from around the world. Del Mar Racetrack first hosted the Breeders’ Cup in 2017, and the world championships return to Del Mar for the 38th edition of the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 5-6, 2021. Below we will look at Breeders Cup betting odds and wagering strategy.

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Races on Friday, Nov. 5

Juvenile Turf Sprint (Race 6 at 2:50 p.m. PT)


Post FieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Twilight Jet (IRE)15/1 (Bet Here)Leigh RocheMichael O'Callaghan
2Kaufymaker12/1 (Bet Here)Jose OrtizWesley Ward
3Go Bears Go (IRE)15/1 (Bet Here)John VelezquezDavid Loughnane
4Vertiginous (IRE)20/1 (Bet Here)Javier CastellanoBrian Meehan
5Hierarchy (IRE)12/1 (Bet Here)Oisin MurphyHugo Palmer
6Twilight Gleaming (IRE)4/1 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, Jr.Wesley Ward
7Armour (GB)6/1 (Bet Here)Ryan MooreRichard Hannon
8Averly Jane5/2 (Bet Here)Tyler GaffalioneWesley Ward
9One Timer4/1 (Bet Here)Edward 'E.T.' BairdLarry Rivelli
10Time to Party15/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratPeter Miller
11Derrynane12/1 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioChristophe Clement
12Run Curtis Run20/1 (Bet Here)Luis SaezMichael Maker

The Juvenile Turf Sprint is a 5 1/2 furlong race open to all 2-year-olds. It offers a $1 million purse.

Race Insights: The race made its debut at the 2018 Breeders’ Cup. The winner paid $10.60 on a $2 win bet and the 2020 winner was the 4/5 post-time favorite Golden Pal, who returned $3.60 to win.

2021 Race: Trainer Wesley Ward has three top favorites and contenders including his fastest pair with the pace leader Averly Jane and presser Twilight Gleaming. It could be that pair comprises the Exacta when it is all said and done. Vertiginous is a longshot contender and Armour offers top value.

Juvenile Fillies (Race 7 at 3:30 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Desert Dawn20/1 (Bet Here)Richard GonzalezPhil D'Amato
2Hidden Connection5/2 (Bet Here)Reylu GutierrezW. Bret Calhoun
3Sequist15/1 (Bet Here)Junior AlvaradoDallas Stewart
4Tarabi12/1 (Bet Here)Javier CastellanoCherie Devaux
5JuJu's Map5/2 (Bet Here)Florent GerouxBrad Cox
6Echo Zulu4/5 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioSteve Asmussen

The Juvenile Fillies is a 1 1/6 mile race for 2-year-olds. It offers a purse of $2 million.

Race Insights: Four of the last eight winners were big longshots greater than 17/1. That includes in 2017 at Del Mar when Caledonia Road (17/1) came from off the pace with a big sweeping move to surge past the leaders and pull away for a 3-length win and pay $36.60. The 2020 field had just seven fillies, and Vequist (6/1) won with a pace-pressing stalking trip to return $15.60.

The average $2 win payout in the Juvenile Fillies is $18.05. The race bias favors pace pressers, and a vast majority of winners had their final prep at a mile or further.

2021 Race: Favorite Echo Zulu will likely go to the front with strong and swift pressure, but she offers no value and may struggle to hold off top win contender Juju’s Map. Longshot Desert Dawn offers top value with closer Hidden Connection a forgotten filly with a pair of dominant wins her last two races.

Key Grade 1 prep races: Alcibiades, Chandelier, Frizette and Spinaway.

Juvenile Fillies Turf (Race 8 at 4:10 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Pizza Bianco5/1 (Bet Here)Jose OrtizChristophe Clement
2Cairo Memories12/1 (Bet Here)Kent DexourmeauxBob Hess, Jr.
3Cachet (IRE)12/1 (Bet Here)Luis SaezGeorge Boughey
4Turnerloose12/1 (Bet Here)Florent GerouxBrad Cox
5Bubble Rock8/1 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, Jr.Brad Cox
6Hello You (IRE)6/1 (Bet Here)John VelazquezDavid Loughnane
7Consumer Spending8/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratChad Browns
8Sail By20/1 (Bet Here)Junior AlvaradoLeah Gyarmati
9Koala Princess6/1 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioArnaud Delacour
10Helens Well (IRE)30/1 (Bet Here)Umberto RispoliPhil D'Amato
11Haughty10/1 (Bet Here)Tyler GaffalioneChad Brown
12Malavath (IRE)8/1 (Bet Here)Ryan MooreFrancis-Henri Graffard
13Mise En Scene (GB)6/1 (Bet Here)Oisin MurphyJames Ferguson
14California Angel8/1 (Bet Here)Rafael BejaranoGeorge Leonard, III

The Juvenile Fillies Turf is a 1 mile race for 2-year-old fillies. It offers a $1 million purse.

Race Insights: This race made its Breeders’ Cup debut in 2008, and trainer Chad Brown has won four of the last seven editions but not the last two years. Brown did with the 2017 race at Del Mar with off-the-pace filly Rushing Fall (3/1). The 2019 Juvenile Fillies Turf produced the biggest longshot winner in race history when Graham Motion-trained Sharing (13/1) prevailed and returned $29.60. In 2020, 5/2 favorite Aunt Pearl (IRE) went wire-to-wire for trainer Brad Cox to win by 2 1/2 lengths over longshot Mother Earth. Aunt Pearl paid $7.20 and became the third European shipper to win the race.

The average $2 win payout in the Juvenile Fillies Turf is $17.50.

2021 Race: Turnerloose will set the pace with moderate pressure, but the race and track bias favors closers. Top win contenders include Pizza Bianca, Consumer Spending and Mise En Schene, who offers value. Top longshots to watch include Diamond Wow, Koala Princess and California Angel. Prefer runners whose last two prep races were turf routes, and a filly that won a recent turf route race.

Key prep races: Natalma (G1), Miss Grillo (G2) and Jessamine (G2).

TVG Juvenile (Race 9 at 4:50 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Jack Christopher9/5 (Bet Here)Jose OrtizChad Brown
2Jasper Great15/1 (Bet Here)Yuichi FukunagaHideyuki Mori
3Oviatt Class20/1 (Bet Here)Kent DesourmeauxJ. Keith Desormeaux
4Pappacap15/1 (Bet Here)Joe BravoMark Casse
5Double Thunder20/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratTodd Pletcher
6American Sanctuary30/1 (Bet Here)Florent GerouxChristopher Davis
7Giant Game30/1 (Bet Here)Joe TalamoDale Romans
8Barossa10/1 (Bet Here)Juan HernandezBob Baffert
9Pinehurst8/1 (Bet Here)John VelazquezBob Baffert
10Commandperformance5/1 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, Jr.Todd Pletcher
11Tough To Tame30/1 (Bet Here)Sophie DoyleChristopher Davis
12Corniche5/2 (Bet Here)Mike SmithBob Baffert

The TVG Juvenile is a 1 1/6 mile race for 2-year-olds. It offers a purse of $2 million.

Race Insights: The TVG Juvenile ranks as North America’s season-defining championship for 2-year-olds and geldings. The TVG odds show an average payout in this race of $18.45. Game Winner (1/1) won the 2018 edition as the even money favorite to return $4, but two huge longshots finished second and third to provide some strong Exacta and Trifecta payouts including $482 on the .50 cent Trifecta. In 2019 Storm the Court (45/1) became the biggest longshot to win the race. Fans and bettors enjoyed a big bonus with a $2 win bet returning $93.80. A $1 Exacta paid $488 and .50 cent Trifecta $1,965.

The 2020 winner was Essential Quality (7/2) by less than a length over Hot Rod Charlie (94/1). Essential Quality paid $9.40 to win, and the $1 exacta payout was $300 and $1,914 on a .50 cent trifecta. Essential Quality finished a close fourth in the 2021 Kentucky Derby, and won the Belmont Stakes as the favorite in a great stretch duel with Hot Rod Charlie. The 2017 winner at Del Mar was Good Magic (11/1), who returned $25 to win and would go on to finish second the following year in the Kentucky Derby.

2021 Race: A hot and heavy pace from at least four runners ensures fractions way over par. Causeway, Corniche and Jack Christopher will be the primary speed but trainer Bob Baffert may send Pinehurst as his pace horse to ensure better outcomes for the other more favored stablemates, Corniche and Barossa. Top win contenders to target include Commandperformance (value), Jack Christopher and Rattle N Roll.

Key Grace 1 prep races: Champagne, American Pharoah, Breeders’ Futurity. The Champagne has produced at least one top-3 finisher in the Juvenile in nine of the last 11 years.

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Juvenile Turf (Race 10 at 5:30 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Modern Games (IRE)5/1 (Bet Here)William BuickCharles Appleby
2Albahr6/1 (Bet Here)Lanfranco DettoriCharles Appleby
3Dakota Gold8/1 (Bet Here)Luis SaezDanny Gargan
4Tiz The Bomb8/1 (Bet Here)Brian Hernandez, Jr.Ken McPeak
5Slipstream12/1 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioChristophe Clement
6MacKinnon6/1 (Bet Here)Juan HernandezDoug O'Neill
7Great Max (IRE)20/1 (Bet Here)John VelazquezMichael Bell
8Glounthaune (IRE)12/1 (Bet Here)Ryan MooreAiden O'Brien
9Stolen Base20/1 (Bet Here)Umberto RispoliMichael Maker
10Portfolio Company6/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratChad Brown
11Grafton Street15/1 (Bet Here)Tyler GaffalioneMark Casse
12Credibility30/1 (Bet Here)Mike SmithMark Casse
13Coinage15/1 (Bet Here)Florent GerouxMark Casse
14Dubawi Legend (IRE)4/1 (Bet Here)James DoyleHugo Palmer

The Juvenile Turf  by Coolmore America is a 1 mile race for 2-year-olds. It offers a purse of $1 million.

Race Insights: This race made it’s debut in 2007 with the start of the “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series that awarded automatic entries for horses that won selected Breeders’ Cup qualifying races. European shippers have been dominant runners in this race winning nine of the 14 editions despite making up about 30% of the starters. But not in 2020 when Fire At Will was let go at odds of 30/1 and pulled off the upset to win by 3-lengths and pay $62.40 on a $2 win bet. The post-time favorite Battleground finished second and the $1 exacta returned $275. The 2017 winner at Del Mar was 9/2 favorite Mendelssohn, who paid $11.60 to win.

The average win payout on a $2 win wager is $18.25.

2021 Race: The pace looks to be on the soft to moderate side for a larger field of this size. Despite a track bias favoring closers, forwardly placed runners will be tough to chase down over the short stretch run. Slipstream will be up pressing and joined by Dubawi Legend from the European contingent. But the top win contenders are Portfolio Company and Modern Games (value), who is a presser with three wins in four starts for two-time Juvenile Turf winning trainer Charles Appleby.

Key prep races: Summer (G1), Pilgrim (G2), Bourbon (G2).

Races on Saturday, Nov. 6

Filly & Mare Sprint (Race 4 at 12:05 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Proud Emma20/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratPeter Miller
2Estilo Talentoso12/1 (Bet Here)Jose OrtizJuan Arriagada
3Edgeway12/1 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioJohn Sadler
4Ce Ce4/1 (Bet Here)Victor EspinozaMike McCarthy
5Gamine 3/5 (Bet Here)John VelazquezBob Baffert
6Bella Sofia5/2 (Bet Here)Luis SaezRudy Rodriguez

The Filly & Mare Sprint is a 7 furlong race for 3-year-olds and up. It offers a $1 million purse.

Race Insights: The Filly & Mare Sprint made its Breeders’ Cup debut in 2007. The average $2 win payout is the lowest of all Breeders’ Cup races at $12.14 after Gamine pressed the pace setter and won last year’s race by more than 6-lengths as the 6/5 favorite. Gamine returns to defend as the prohibitive favorite in the small field of six runners. No horse has won this race gate to wire, and the last three years has seen 3-year-olds prevail. The last two winners Gamine and Covfefe (3/2) in 2019 were the first favorites to win the race since 2014.

2021 Race: Gamine won this race last year through a hotly contested pace, and she will have to fight through blistering fractions again battling rising star, Bella Sofia. Gamine is 4-for-4 at this 7 furlong distance, and only five rivals signed on to take on the champ. Ce Ce offers value and is better suited to this 7 furlongs distance having run in last year’s BC Distaff.

Key prep races: Ballerina (G1), TCA Stakes (G2), Gallant Bloom (G2).

Turf Sprint (Race 5 at 12:40 p.m. PT)

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PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Glass Slippers (GB)6/1 (Bet Here)Tom EavesKevin Ryan
2Emaraaty Ana (GB)5/1 (Bet Here)Andrea AtzeniKevin Ryan
3Golden Pal7/2 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, Jr. Wesley Ward
4Lieutenant Dan6/1 (Bet Here)Geovanni FrancoSteven Miyadi
5Arrest Me Red12/1 (Bet Here)John VelazquezWesley Ward
6A Case of You (IRE)8/1 (Bet Here)Ronan WhelanAdrian McGuiness
7Charmaine's Mia30/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratPhil D'Amato
8Caravel 20/1 (Bet Here)Jose OrtizH. Graham Motion
9Kimari6/1 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioWesley Ward
10Gear Jockey5/1 (Bet Here)Jose LezcanoGeorge Arnold, II
11Fast Boat12/1 (Bet Here)Tyler GaffalioneJoe Sharp
12Extravagant Kid12/1 (Bet Here)Ryan MooreBrendan Walsh

The Turf Sprint is a 5 furlong race for 3-year-olds and up. It offers a $1 million purse.

Race Insights: The distance of the Turf Sprint was reduced from 6.5 furlongs to 5 furlongs starting with the 2019 edition. Trainer Peter Miller saddled the winner three straight years starting in 2017 at Del Mar with longshot Stormy Liberal (30/1) and jockey Joel Rosario rallying late to return $62.40 for $2 win bettors. Belvoir Bay (14/1) was another longshot winner going wire-to-wire to win in 2019. Last year, Glass Slippers (10/1) won in her North America debut and 17th career start, and she became the first European to win the Turf Sprint and the first filly or mare to win the race since 2013. Glass Slippers returns to defend in 2021, and she will try to come from off the pace again and produce another score for bettors after last year’s $1 exacta returned $417. Still, the post time race favorite has won five of the 13 editions, and pace/presser types comprise the vast majority of winners. The average $2 win payout in the Turf Sprint is $20.27.

2021 Race: The pace projects to be significantly above par, and Lieutenant Dan (value), Emaraaty Ana and Gear Jockey are top win contenders. Pace presser Lieutenant Dan is 3-for-3 at this distance and 2-for-2 over this turf course. Kamari and Arrest Me Red are live to payoff in the trifecta in a competitive field. Top longshots include Charmaine’s Mia and Fast Boat.

Key prep races: Prix de l’Abbay (G2), Eddie D. (G2), Woodford (G2)

Dirt Mile (Race 6 at 1:18 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Silver State7/2 (Bet Here)Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steve Asmussen
2Pingziang12/1 (Bet Here)Yuga KawadaHideyuki Mori
3Ginobili4/1 (Bet Here)Drayden Van DykeRichard Baltas
4Jasper Prince30/1 (Bet Here)Yuichi FukunagaHideyuki Mori
5Life is Good4/5 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, Jr.Todd Pletcher
6Restrainedvengence20/1 (Bet Here)Edwin MaldonadoVal Brinkenhoff
7Snapper Sinclair12/1 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioSteve Asmussen
8Eight Rings10/1 (Bet Here)Juan HernandezBob Baffert

The Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile is a 1 mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The purse was increased to $2 million for the 2020 race, but returns to a $1 million race in 2021.

Race Insights: The Dirt Mile made its debut at the 2007 Breeders’ Cup and the post time favorite has won just three times after Knicks Go (9/5) prevailed wire-to-wire in 2020 over a 62/1 longshot to provide a $1 exacta payoff of $109. The 2019 winner Spun to Run (9/1) was also a wire-to-wire winner. The average $2 win payout in the Dirt Mile is $21.39.

2021 Race: Another furious pace is expected with prohibitive favorite Life is Good looking to withstand heavy pressure over two turns. Life is Good is a top win contender along with Silver State (value), who can benefit most from the swift and pressure pace applied up front by the Life is Good and pressers Eight Rings and Ginobili. Top win contender Mind Control was ruled out of the race on Monday of Breeders’ Cup week with a spiked and elevated temperature.

Key prep races: Met Mile (G1), Kelso (G2), Pat O’Brien (G2).

Filly & Mare Turf (Race 7 at 1:59 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Going to Vegas12/1 (Bet Here)Umberto RispoliRichard Baltas
2Pocket Square (GB)15/1 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, Jr.Chad Browns
3Acanella (GB)12/1 (Bet Here)Colin KeaneGer Lyons
4Rougir (FG)6/1 (Bet Here)Maxime GuyonCedric Rossi
5Queen Supreme (IRE)20/1 (Bet Here)James DoyleAndrew Balding
6Love (IRE)4/1 (Bet Here)Ryan MooreAidan O'Brien
7War Like Goddess7/2 (Bet Here)Julien LeparouxBill Mott
8Loves Only You (JPN)4/1 (Bet Here)Yuga KawadaYoshito Yahagi
9My Sister Nat (FR)15/1 (Bet Here)Jose OrtizChad Brown
10Ocean Road (IRE)20/1 (Bet Here)Oisin MurphyHugo Palmer
11Dogtag30/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratRichard Mandella
12Audarya (FR)5/1 (Bet Here)William BuickJ. Fanshawe

The Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf has been contested at four different distances since 2015 and for the third time it will be run at 1 3/16 miles. The race is for 3-year-olds and up and offers a $2 million purse.

Race Insights: This race started in 1999, and trainer Chad Brown has won it four times since 2012. Brown-trained Rushing Fall finished second as the favorite in 2020 behind longshot winner Audarya (18/1), who came from off the pace to get past Rushing Fall by a neck.  Audarya paid $37.60 to win and was the fifth straight European horse to win the race. He did it in his only U.S. start in 17 career races, and Audarya returns to defend as a contender in 2021. Sistercharlie (6/1), who won this race in 2018 and finished third last year behind upset winner Iridessa (13/1) in her U.S. debut. The 2017 winner at Del Mar was Wuheida (11/1). European runners usually have a prominent presence and this year there are xx entered in the race. The average $2 win payout in the Filly & Mare Turf is $21.10.

2021 Race: Modest to light pressure is projected up front with Going to Vegas out front from the rail. Last year’s Filly & Mare Turf winner Audarya will be forwardly place and should get another great trip from the far outside.  Top win contenders are US runner War Like Goddess, who has won 6-of-7 starts, and Loves Only You,  who carries Japan’s best chance to win a Breeders’ Cup race. Rougir (value) and Audarya are capable of hitting the board again and cashing in on a TVG risk free bet.

Key Grade 1 prep races: Prix Vermeille, Flower Bowl, Rodeo Drive and Prix de l’Opera.

Sprint (Race 8 at 2:38 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Following Sea6/1 (Bet Here)John VelazquezTodd Pletcher
2Jackie's Warrior6/5 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioSteve Asmussen
3C Z Rocket12/1 (Bet Here)Florent GerouxPeter Miller
4Matera Sky20/1 (Bet Here)Yuga KawadaHideyuki Mori
5Aloha West8/1 (Bet Here)Jose OrtizWayne Catalano
6Firenze Fire10/1 (Bet Here)Tyler GaffalioneKelly Breen
7Lexitonian 20/1 (Bet Here)Jose LezcanoJack Sisterson
8Special Reserve6/1 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, Jr.Michael Maker
9Dr. Schivel4/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PrattMark Glatt

The Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint is a 6 furlong race for 3-year-olds and up. It offers a $2 million purse.

Race Insights: This is one of the original seven races that started in the 1984 Breeders’ Cup and features the top sprinters at 6 furlongs, or three-quarter mile. Longshots have fared pretty well in the Sprint, and horses at odds of 15-1 or greater regularly hit the Superfecta. That happened again in 2020 when 7-year-old Whitmore sailed home from off the pace to win by 3-lengths at 18/1 odds and return $38.80 to win. The favorite Vekoma was scratched. Whitmore had not won in his previous three races before winning the BC Sprint in his fourth Breeders’ Cup start after hitting the board in each of the two previous years. The favorite Mitole (9/5) won in 2019. The average $2 win payout in the Sprint is $20.75.

2021 Race: Special Reserve could contend as a pace presser to the front-running favorite Jackie’s Warrior, who owns a superior pace advantage over this field. Jackie’s Warrior is a top win contender along with best in the West Dr. Schivel, who is 3-for-3 over the Del Mar surface and 4-for-4 at the distance. Improving 3-year-old Following Sea has some value but was no match for Jackie’s Warrior two races back.

Key prep races: SA Sprint Championship (G1), Phoenix (G2), Gallant Bob (G2), Vosburgh (G2).

FanDuel Mile (Race 9 at 3:20 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Master of the Seas (IRE)12/1 (Bet Here)James DoyleCharles Appleby
2Smooth Like Strait10/1 (Bet Here)Umberto RispoliMike Maker
3Space Blues (IRE)3/1 (Bet Here)William BuickCharles Appleby
4Raging Bull (FR)15/1 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown
5Vin De Garde (JPN)20/1 (Bet Here)uichi FukunagaHideaki Fujiwara
6Mo Forza5/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratPeter Miller
7In Love (BRZ)8/1 (Bet Here)Alex AchardPaulo Lobo
8Hit the Road15/1 (Bet Here)John VelazquezDan Blacker
9Mother Earth (IRE)8/1 (Bet Here)Ryan MooreAidan O'Brien
10Blowout8/1 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioChad Brown
11Got Stormy10/1 (Bet Here)Tyler GaffalioneMark Casse
12Pearls Galore (FR)12/1 (Bet Here)Billy LeePaddy Twomey
13Casa Creed15/1 (Bet Here)Junior AlvaradoBill Mott
14Ivar (BRZ)12/1 (Bet Here)Joe TalamoPaulo Lobo

The FanDuel Breeders Cup Mile presented by PDJF is a 1 mile race for 3-year-olds and up on the turf. It offers a $2 million purse.

Race Insights: Year after year, this race on the turf has longshots hit the board and big Superfecta payoffs. 2019 was an exception, as the three favorites between 3/1 and 4/1 finished in-the-money and Uni (GB) came from way back at the half mile marker to win and return $9.20. So was World Approval, who was the only race favorite to win on Saturday in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar. But the 2020 winner was a another shocker as Order of Australia (IRE) surged to the front at the sixteenth pull to score at 73/1 odds and pay $148.40 on a $2 win bet. Order of Austrlia drew into the race off the Also-Eligible list for trainer Aiden O’Brien, who had the top 3 finishers as double-digit favorites in the race. A $1 exacta paid $1,058 and a .50 cent trifecta returned $4,393,  FanDuel Mile. European-based horses have won half of the Breeders’ Cup Mile races. The average $2 win payout in the Breeders’ Cup Mile is $24.44.

2021 Race: This race historically favors off the pace runners and closers, and this year’s edition of the BC Mile will have swift and heavy pressure up front with Blowout challenged by Smooth Like Strait and several European runners. Top win contenders include closers Space Blues, In Love (value) and Mo Forza, who is 5-for-6 on this turf course and hit the exacta in 11-of-14 starts. Longshots to consider include Mother Earth and Ivar on the far outside.

Key Grade 1 prep races: Keeneland Turf Mile, Prix de la Foret, Woodbine Mile.

Longines Distaff (Race 10 at 4:00 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Private Mission8/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratBob Baffert
2Royal Flag8/1 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioChad Brown
3Malathaat4/1 (Bet Here)+John VelazquezTodd Pletcher
4Blue Stripe (ARG)30/1 (Bet Here)Lanfranco DettoriMarcelo Polanco
5Clairiere5/1 (Bet Here)Ricardo Santana, Jr.Steve Asmussen
6Letruska8/5 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, Jr.Fausto Gutierrez
7Horologist30/1 (Bet Here)Junior AlvaradoBill Mott
8Shedaresthedevil4/1 (Bet Here)Florent GerouxBrad Cox
9As Time Goes By15/1 (Bet Here)Luis SaezBob Baffert
10Marche Lorraine (JPN)30/1 (Bet Here)Oisin MurphyYoshito Yahagi
11Dunbar Road15/1 (Bet Here)Jose OrtizChad Brown

The Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff is a 1 1/8 mile race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. It offers a $2 million purse.

Race Insights: The winner in seven of the last eight editions of the Distaff has gone off at odds of 5-1 or less. That includes 2020 and 2018 winner Monomoy Girl, who was the Even Money favorite in last year’s race and earned her 13th win in 15 career starts. The 2019 edition was 9/1 winner Blue Prize (ARG) over Even Money favorite Midnight Bisou. The 2017 winner at Del Mar was Forever Unbridled (7/2) while the sensational 2016 race saw undefeated favorite Songbird (6/5) lose by a nose to the great Beholder (3/1). The average $2 win payout in the Longines Distaff is $17.77.

2021 Race: Prohibitive favorite Letruska has was sired by 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. She has won 6-of-7 starts this year and owns the superior early pace figures. Letruska is a top win contender along with Royal Flag and Dunbar Road, who finished third in this race last year. Royal Flag has finished a close second twice to Letruska, and she should secure the best off the pace trip along with Malathaat. One of the top 3-year-old fillies in training is Clairiere.

Key Grade 1 prep races: Spinster, Alabama, Clement L. Hirsch, Cotillion.

Longines Turf (Race 11 at 4:40 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Rock Emperor (IRE)15/1 (Bet Here)Javier CastellanoChad Brown
2United20/1 (Bet Here)John VelazquezRichard Mandella
3Domestic Spending (GB)4/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratChad Brown
4Astronaut20/1 (Bet Here)Victor EspinozaJohn Shirreffs
5Tribhuvan (GB)20/1 (Bet Here)Jose OrtizChad Brown
6Acclimate20/1 (Bet Here)Ricardo GonzalezPhil D'Amato
7Walton Street (GB)8/1 (Bet Here)James DoyleCharles Appleby
8Broome (GB)20/1 (Bet Here)Lanfranco DettoriAidan O'Brien
9Sisfahan (FR)12/1 (Bet Here)Christian DemuroHenk Grewe
10Yibir12/1 (Bet Here)William BuickCharles Appleby
11Gufo8/1 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioChristophe Clement
12Teona (IRE)6/1 (Bet Here)David EganRoger Varian
13Tarnawa (IRE)9/5 (Bet Here)Colin KeaneDermot Weld
14Japan (GB)6/1 (Bet Here)Ryan MooreAidan O'Brien

The Longines Breeder’s Cup Turf is a 1 1/2 mile race for 3-year-olds and up and offers a purse of $4 million purse.

Race Insights: European shippers just dominate this race, and closers seem to be preferred. Two European shippers finished 1st and 2nd in 2020 when Tarnawa (9/2) rallied past race favorite Aiden O’Brien-trained Magical to win by 1-length and return $11.40. In 2019, Even Money favorite Bricks and Mortar rallied to win by a neck over a 51/1 longshot. There have been five female horses win this race including Tarnawa, who will be favored to repeat in 2021. There have been no 3-year-olds win the BC Turf since 2013. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has won the race six times, and can become the first trainer to win a Breeders’ Cup race seven times in 2021. The average $2 win payout in the Longines Turf is $20.40.

2021 Race: Pace is typically on the slower side in these marathon turf affairs where stamina, balanced energy and a strong turn of foot most often prevail. East coast and European runners often race on more lush turf courses, and the biggest Breeders’ Cup turf race will be run on firm grass at Del Mar. Top win contenders are defending BC Turf champion Tarnawa and Teona (value). Longshots in play include Gufo, Walton Street and Sisfahan. Tarnawa won her U.S. debut in the BC Turf last year as part of a 4-for-4 campaign. She was off for nine months and has finished second in her two recent races, but is still the one to beat.

Key Grade 1 prep races: Prix de l’Arc, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, Canadian International.

Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (Race 12 at 5:40 p.m. PT)


PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Tripoli15/1 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, Jr.John Sadler
2Express Train20/1 (Bet Here)Victor EspinozaJohn Shirreffs
3Hot Rod Charlie4/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratDoug O'Neill
4Essential Quality3/1 (Bet Here)Luis SaezBrad Cox
5Knicks Go5/2 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioBrad Cox
6Art Collector8/1 (Bet Here)Mike SmithBill Mott
7Stilleto Boy30/1 (Bet Here)Kent DesormeauxEd Moger, Jr.
8Medina Spirit4/1 (Bet Here)John VelazquezBob Baffert
9Max Player8/1 (Bet Here)Ricardo Santana, Jr.Steve Asmussen

The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic is a 1 1/4 mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The purse is $6 million in 2021.

Race Insights: Pace and Pressers have done well in the past five years including Kentucky Derby winner and BC Classic front running Authentic (4/1) in 2020 when he stayed clear of runner-up Improbable (7/2) and paid $10.40 to win. Belmont Stakes and Travers winner and BC Classic favorite Tiz the Law (3/1) finished sixth. Presser Vino Rosso (9/2) won in 2019 when sitting just off the leaders and making a big move in the stretch to win by more than 4-lenghts over the favorite McKinzie. Vino Rosso returned $11.20 to win, and the average $2 win payout in the Classic is $25.82; the highest of all Breeders’ Cup races. Trainer Bob Baffert has won the Classic four times and has 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit in the 2021 BC Classic.

2021 Race: Top win contender and race favorite Knicks Go is the speed of the speed. He won the BC Mile last year, and now tries 10 furlongs for the first time. He’ll receive plenty of pressure and especially from Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, who runs best on the lead. Most consistent Hot Rod Charlie and Art Collector will be pressing to ensure an honest pace, while Belmont Stakes and Travers winner Essential Quality will come from off the pace and is a top win contender shooting for his ninth win in 10 career starts. Max Player has improved greatly with his fastest speed figures in winning his two recent races, and he is a strong closing longshot contender with value along with Tripoli, who won a weaker Pacific Classic on this turf course in August.

Key Grade 1 prep races: Travers, Awesome Again, Woodward.

Breeders’ Cup Horse Profiles and Past Performances

1. Tripoli (15/1)

Tripoli switched over from turf to dirt this summer and was winning Allowance races before capturing the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar against a weaker field. He regressed his next race in the Awesome Again (G1) won by Medina Spirit. But the John Sadler-trained colt has leading jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. riding, and the 4-year-old could benefit as well from the swift and pressured pace.

2. Express Train (20/1)

Express Train finished third in the Awesome Again Stakes and sixth in the Pacific Classic. He has some trouble in those two races, but nothing to suggest he could move up and now do better against a strong field in the Classic.

3. Hot Rod Charlie (4/1)

Hot Rod Charlie won his first Grade 1 race in September’s Pennsylvania Derby, and posted the best last-race running line of any horse in the Classic field. He’s been the most consistent 3-year-old behind Essential Quality, and showed his strength and stamina in the Belmont Stakes duel with his rival and then won the Haskell Stakes only to be disqualified for interference. Hot Rod Charlie’s resiliency will be tested again with the contested pace in the Classic, but top West Coast rider Flavien Prat is the cool hand to get his first BC Classic win having won three other Breeders’ Cup races and finished in the top three in 17 of his 46 Breeders’ Cup starts.

4. Essential Quality (3/1)

Brad Cox trains both Essential Quality and Knicks Go, the two Classic favorites. Essential Quality ran his best race when winning the Belmont Stakes, and his speed figures would have been faster when winning the Travers had the pace not been so slow. With 8 wins in 9 starts, Essential Quality will be the biggest beneficiary of the pace setup and trip, and he’s working super leading up to the race as a strong win contender. Jockey Luis Saez is having his best year in earnings as he shoots for his first Breeders’ Cup Classic victory.

5. Knicks Go (5/2)

Knicks Go is the speed of the speed, and this year’s Classic will have hot and heavy pressure up front. Knicks Go was an explosive winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and he enters the BC Classic with three straight wins topped by his best Equibase Speed Figure when winning the Whitney Stakes by 4 1/2-lenghts in August. But recall in June Knicks Go was running on the lead through a contentious pace in the Met Mile, and he faded in the stretch to finish fourth. Knicks Go is now running 1 1/4 miles for the first time, and while he owns superior pace figures versus any other horse in this field including Medina Spirit, the galloping gray  may be vulnerable to a hotly contested pace as he goes the added distance for the first time.

Jockey Note: Knicks Go jockey Joel Rosario won the 2018 BC Classic aboard Accelerate. He captured his 12th and 13th wins at the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which included a win aboard Knicks Go in the BC Dirt Mile. Rosario enters the Breeders’ Cup with a career best 46 Graded Stakes victories, six more than Flavien Prat (Hot Rod Charlie)  who also is having his best year. Rosario is within reach of the all-time record set by Jerry Bailey of 55 Graded Stakes in 2003.

6. Art Collector (8/1)

Art Collector is another pace presser who has won 3-straight races with his fastest speed figures including his best in October when winning the 1 1/8 mile Woodward (G1). He’s another East Coast runner making his first start in California, but he’s in top form and will have the Breeders’ Cup all-time winningest jockey aboard. Mike Smith has 26 Breeders’ Cup victories including four in the Classic.

7. Stilleto Boy (30/1)

Stilleto Boy was a well-beaten second behind Medina Spirit in the Awesome Again Stakes, but this 3-year-old has not faced a field anywhere near what he’ll be challenged with in the Classic.

8. Medina Spirit (4/1)

Medina Spirit runs his best on the lead, and he’ll try to challenge Knicks Go up front. The 2021 Kentucky Derby winner finished third in the Preakness, but has won his last two starts including the Awesome Again Stakes running on the lead with a much softer pace than he’ll run at in the Classic. Four-time Classic-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been involved in some heated controversy this year, but his 3-year-old colt has lots of heart which would settled Baffert’s if he were to win the biggest Breeders’ Cup race.

9. Max Player (8/1)

Max Player should not be discounted or overlooked, as he’s finding his best strike and living up to his earlier promise. His two recent races produced his best speed figures when winning the Suburban (G2) over the slop and then running an even better race when capturing the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) with an impressive finish. Both those races were at the Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles, and this capable closer offers top value with another move forward likely as he makes his first trip to the West coast a potential memorable one for all-time winning trainer Steve Asmussen and his go-to jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr., 28, who won a Breeders’ Cup race in each of the last two years and now shoots for his first Classic score.

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup will bring fans and spectators together again at Del Mar’s beautiful seaside track. Five races will comprise ‘Future Stars Friday’ and feature 2-year-old races for the fourth straight year. Nine additional Breeders’ Cup races will highlight horses racing’s biggest day of racing on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Beginning in 2007, the Breeders’ Cup developed the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, a series of races in each division that allots automatic qualifying bids and fees paid entries to winners of defined races. These “Win and You’re In” qualifying races have become popular races throughout the Thoroughbred season, and generate more wagering interest as well.

The pandemic during 2020 sent horse racing into an adjustment period and new races were added to the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series like the Haskell Stakes along with the Belmont Stakes and Travers. None of those races are “Win and You’re In” qualifying races in 2021.

Breeders’ Cup race and TV schedule

Here is more information on the 14 Breeders’ Cup races, and how you can watch and wager on this year’s event.

  • Date: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6, 2021
  • Post Times and Odds: See below. Friday Races 6-10 starting at 5:50 p.m. ET (2:50 local PT) and Saturday Races 4-12 starting at 3:05 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBCSN and NBC
  • Tablet, Online, Mobile: NBC Sports App and streamed live on and TVG and  fuboTV
  • Track & Location: Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, CA
  • Prize Pool: $31 million with 14 Grade 1 races from $1 million to $6 million

How to bet on horse racing

The opportunity for bigger payouts is greater during the Breeders’ Cup, as full fields of 14 horses are common. For example, the average $2 win payout in the Breeders’ Cup Classic is $26.67. The traditional Win, Place and Show bets all have higher payouts due to larger field sizes. The chance to hit a big score is greater as well in the ‘exotic’ pools when picking the exact order of finish in an Exacta, Trifects, Superfecta or even Super High 5 – the exact order of finish of the top five horses. Some of the exotic wagers are offered with a minimum wager amount of .50 cents.

Beyond those bets are also guaranteed prize pools offered by the Breeders’ Cup. With guaranteed prize pools or $1 million and up, cashing a ticket in any of these pools can produce a huge payday.

  • Win: A bet on a horse to Win means you only get paid if the horse finishes first. 
  • Place: A bet on a horse to Place means you get paid the 2nd place money if the horse finishes first or second.
  • Show: A bet on a horse to Show means you get paid the 3rd place money if the horse finishes first, second or third.
  • Exacta: Correctly betting on the first and second place horses in exact order.
  • Trifecta: Correctly betting on the order of finish of the first three horses in win, place and show position.
  • Superfecta: Predicting and betting the first four horses in the correct order.
  • Super High Five: Predicting and betting the first five horses in correct order.
  • Pick 5 – Correctly betting the winner of five consecutive races prior to the initial first race in the sequence. (Also Pick 3 and Pick 4 offerings).

The more horses and combinations used in placing an exotic bet the greater the cost of the wager. Payouts at the Breeders’ Cup are determined by the pari-mutuel system at the track. The amount a person wins depends on how much money is in the pool overall divided by how many bets are placed. The odds on the horses change as the money is bet right up to post time.

Beyond the win, place, show bets and popular exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagers, there is also Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 pools. These can be life changing scores, as the Pick 6 has had a single ticket winner at the Breeders’ Cup three times since 2000 with each more than $1.4 million. There have been at least five times when nobody hit the Pick 6 since 2000, and each of the consolation prizes (5-of-6) paid between $43,000 to $114,000.

Friday’s Wagering Notes  and Guaranteed Pools

Breeders’ Cup will offer a unique Super High 5 bet that will be available on every race – undercard included – during its two-day race card.

Friday’s Pick 6, early and late Pick 5 and Super High 5 may carry over to Saturday.

The 2021 guaranteed pools will be updated as announced by the Breeders’ Cup.

Saturday’s Wagering Notes and Guaranteed Pools

The 2021 wagering menu will include a new All-Turf Pick 4 on Saturday for races 5, 7, 9 and 11. The four races, in order, are the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Race 5), Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Race 7), FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (Race 9), and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (Race 11).

  • Saturday’s Ultra Pick 6, late Pick 5 and Super High 5 are mandatory payouts.

Also, for the first time, the Breeders’ Cup will offer a third, middle Pick 5 on Saturday, starting with Race 3. The early Pick 5 will start with Race 1 and the late Pick 5 with Race 8. Last year’s late Pick 5 on Saturday generated a $5.1 million pool while the late Pick 4 offered a $4.3 million pool.

The last time the Breeders’ Cup was held at Del Mar in 2017, $166 million was wagered on the two-day World Championships.

Bet minimums

  • $10 Head2Head
  • $2 WPS, Daily Double, Pick 6
  • $1 Exacta and SPDD
  • $.50 Trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and SH-5
  • $.10 Superfecta

Breeders’ Cup betting tips

Track and surface insight at Del Mar.

According to Top Race Reports and the leading West Coast Handicapping Report, the Breeders’ Cup races are typically run over a tight, tight, faster main track. Why?Deeper tracks produce more variables in the surface, and ever since the Barbaro breakdown in the 2006 Preakness Stakes, tracks have tightened their surfaces. So we’ll enter the races at Del Mar and the 38th Breeders’ Cup expecting a tight, fast surface and something to monitor during Friday’s opening day of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Del Mar’s Fall Meet started Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, and turf courses at the beginning of any Meet usually have plenty of bounce in them. This is what allows a fair course, forcing front runners to earn a victory, forced to work a bit harder earlier in the Meet compared to later in the Meet when the ground is more compacted as the result of lots of pounding over the course. That usually produces a conveyor belt like effect. Runners from off the pace are typically more effective early at a Meet with regard to turf courses.

The Breeders’ Cup consists of 14 Grade 1 races with prize pools from $1 to $6 million totaling more than $30 million. Full fields up to 14 horses provides the opportunity for more winners at bigger prices and odds.

Beyond having a number of places to bet on the Breeders’ Cup like top online sites TVGTwinSpires and BetAmerica, look for sportsbooks that offer more Breeders’ Cup betting options like head-to-head matchup wagering, which was first offered during the 2018 Breeders’ Cup and proved to be popular bets. As more legal sportsbooks enter the market in the US, like FanDuel SportsbookDraftKings Sportsbook, BetMGM and PointsBet, you’ll also see these sportsbooks get more creative with potential offerings like cross-sport parlay props. It’s another way for the sportsbooks to provide special offers and promotions on big events like the Breeders’ Cup.

At the Breeders’ Cup, big multi-million dollar betting pools are common. Regular race fans can dream of a big score with less risk when wagering on the expanded Pick 5s or the exacta, trifecta, superfecta or Pick 6.

The Pick 5 is one of the most popular wagers in the country as it offers a $.50-cent minimum wager and a player-friendly 15% takeout, allowing more racing fans to take a shot at a bigger payday with less takeout. In addition, the Jackpot Super High 5 wager also with a $.50-cent minimum will be offered on every race on the Friday and Saturday cards, including the “Future Stars Friday” races. If the bet goes unhit and there are no winning tickets, the carryover pool will continue to the next race, including into Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup card.

In handicapping and preparing for the Breeders’ Cup, you can be more informed and have a better chance to win if you follow some simple tips from experts like Mike Shutty; author of Super Screener and co-founder of Horse Racing Nation.

  1. Learn to project the pace of the race
  2. Form cycle analysis – look at contenders form cycle
  3. Workout analysis – last workouts before the Breeders’ Cup

The 38th Breeders’ Cup draw for post positions will be Nov. 1 at 2:30 local Pacific Time from the Del Mar paddock. We’ll post the odds and horses for each race at that time.

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. In addition to the TVG network’s added horseracing coverage, TVG will have special features and announce those closer to the Breeders’ Cup.

Breeders’ Cup betting at Del Mar

This will be the second time the Breeders’ Cup will be run at Del Mar with the previous edition in 2017.

Biases – Track bias is covered in each race along with pace projections and preferred bias for the race and distance. The Del Mar turf course will be firm and fast.

Long Shots – Larger and more competitive fields in Breeders’ Cup races provide added value and opportunities to cash in on more competitive runners and longshots. At the 2017 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar, only one race favorite won out of the 14 Breeders’ Cup racss.