Breeders' Cup Betting Guide 2021

Odds, Strategy, And How To Place Your Bets

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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.

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.

Breeders’ Cup information on this page will continue to be updated.

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series

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. But 2021 Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality will likely run in the Travers in August at Saratoga and look to complete his Horse of the Year campaign with a strong finish in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Two of the biggest days of racing on the 2021 summer calendar are Aug. 21 at Del Mar and Aug. 28 at Saratoga. There are six graded stakes races Aug. 21 at Del Mar, including two “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series races. The $1 million Del Mar Handicap will award the winner an entry into the $4 million BC Longines Turf. The other Breeders’ Cup qualifying race at Del Mar Aug. 21 is the featured TVG Pacific Classic, which awards the winner a spot in the $6 million BC Longines Classic.

Betting on horse racing will also be big on Aug. 28 at Saratoga. The biggest day of racing at The Spa includes six graded stakes races headlined by the $1.25 million Travers. Three other races are “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races. The $600,000 Personal Ensign awards entry to the $2 million BC Longines Distaff. The $500,000 Ballerina sends the winner to the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint. The $750,000 Sword Dancer on the turf awards the winner a fees paid entry to the $4 million BC Longines Turf.

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 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 local PT) and Saturday Races 4-12 starting at 3:00 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

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Races on Friday, Nov. 5

Juvenile Turf Sprint (Race 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockey Trainer
1Mighty Gurkha (IRE)20/1Hollie DoyleArchie Watson
2Windy City Red30/1Jose Valdivia, Jr. Jonathan Wong
3Lipizzaner20/1Ryan MooreAiden O'Brien
4County Final15/1Joel RosarioSteve Asmussen
5Cowan8/1Ricardo Santana, Jr.Steve Asmussen
6Ubettableiveit (IRE)20/1Rowan ScottNigel Tinkler
7Momos15/1Manny FrancoChristophe Clement
8Amanzi Yimpilo (IRE)15/1Luis SaezWesley Ward
9After Five6/1Jose OrtizWesley Ward
10Bodenheimer8/1Brian Hernandez, Jr.Valorie Lund
11Into the Sunrise15/1Rafael BejaranoWesley Ward
12Dirty Dangle20/1Tyler GaffalioneMark Casse
13Second of July8/1Dylan DavisPhilip Gleaves
14Golden Pal8/5Irad Ortiz, Jr. Wesley Ward

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.

Juvenile Turf (Race 7 at 6:10 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Sealiway8/1Mickael BarzalonaFrederic Rossi
2New Mandate (IRE)12/1Lanfranco DettoriRalph Becket
3Ararta12/1Unberto RispoliBrad Cox
4Public Sector (GB)8/1Irad Ortiz, Jr.Chad Brown
5Cadillac (IRE)6/1Shane FoleyMrs. Harrington
6Mutasaabeq5/1Luis SaezTodd Pletcher
7Fire At Will12/1Ricardo Santana, Jr.Michael Maker
8Outadore8/1Jose ORtizWesley Ward
9Battleground6/1Ryan MooreAidan O'Brien
10Ebeko (IRE)20/1Flavien PratPeter Miller
11Gretzky The Great8/1Tyler GaffalioneMark Casse
12Go Athletico (FR)10/1Aurelien LemaitreP. Decouz
13Devilwala (IRE)30/1Rossa RyanFalph Beckett
14The Lir Jet (IRE)20/1Oisin MurphyMichael Bell

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. 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. .

Juvenile Fillies (Race 8 at 6:50 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Simply Ravishing5/2Luis SaezKen McPeek
2Vequist8/1Joel RosarioRobert Reid, Jr.
3Dayoutoftheoffice5/2Junior AlvaradoTim Hamm
4Thoughtfully20/1Ricardo Santana, Jr.Steve Asmussen
5Girl Daddy6/1Joe TalamoDale Romans
6Crazy Beautiful20/1Brian Hernandez, Jr.Ken McPeek
7Princess Noor9/5Victor EspinozaBob Baffert

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 has been most kind to pace and presser types.

Juvenile Fillies Turf (Race 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Oodnadatta (IRE)20/1Shane FoleyMrs. Harrington
2Miss Amulet (IRE)12/1Julien LeparouxKen Condon
3Alda 12/1John VelazquezH. Graham Motion
4Plum Ali4/1Joel RosarioChristophe Clement
5Aunt Pearl3/1Florent GerouxBrad Cox
6Nazuna (IRE)30/1Luis SaezRoger Varian
7Tetragonal (IRE)20/1Manny FrancoRichard Baltas
8Mother Earth (IRE)20/1Ryan MooreAidan O'Brien
9Madone 10/1Flavien PratSimon Callaghan
10Campanelle (IRE)4/1Lanfranco DettoriWesley Ward
11Royal Approval 10/1Irad Ortiz, Jr. Wesley Ward
12Spanish Loveaffair15/1Tyler GaffalioneMark Casse
13Union Gables20/1Jose OrtizTodd Pletcher
14Editor At Large12/1Javier CastellanoChad Brown

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.

TVG Juvenile (Race 10 at 8:10 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Camp Hope30/1Robby AlbaradoKen McPeek
2King Fury15/1Brian Hernandez, Jr.Ken McPeek
3Reinvestment Risk9/2Irad Ortiz, Jr.Chad Brown
4Likeable15/1John VelazquezTodd Pletcher
5Essential Quality4/1Luis SaezBrad Cox
6Keepmeinmind30/1Jose OrtizRobertino Diodoro
7Jackie's Warrior7/5Joel RosarioSteve Asmussen
8Classier15/1Florent GerouxBob Baffert
9Sittin On Go12/1Corey LanerieDale Romans
10Dreamer's Disease30/1David CohenRobertinoo Diodoro
11Next15/1Gerardo CorralesWesley Ward
12Hot Rod Charlie30/1Tyler GaffalioneDoug O'Neill
13Rombauer15/1Javier CastellanoMike McCarthy
14Calibrate20/1Ricardo Santana, Jr.Steve Asmussen

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.

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Races on Saturday, Nov. 6

Filly & Mare Sprint (Race 4 at 3:02 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Speech6/1Javier CastellanoMike McCarthy
2Gamine7/5John VelazquezBob Baffert
3Come Dancing8/1Irad Ortiz, Jr.Carlos Martin
4Inthemidstofbiz30/1Emmanuel EsquivelCipriano Contreras
5Sconsin20/1James GrahamGreg Foley
6Venetian Harbor5/1Manny FrancoRichard Baltas
7Serengeti Empress3/1Luis SaezTom Amoss
8Sally's Curlin20/1Brian HernandezDale Romans
9Bell's The One6/1Corey LanerieNeil Pessin

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

Race Insights: This race made its debut in 2007 and the average $2 win payout in the Filly & Mare Sprint is $12.75; the lowest of all Breeders’ Cup races. No horse has won this race gate to wire, and the 2020 race will have lots of pace up front including from the favorite Gamine (7/5). Also, no 3-year-old had won this race until the last two years, and 2019 winner Covfefe (3/2) was the first favorite to win since 2014 and paid $5.00.

Turf Sprint (Race 5 at 3:39 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Big Runner12/1Juan HernandezVictor Garcia
2Just Right30/1Colby HernandezMichelle Lovell
3Imprimis4/1Irad Ortiz, JrJoe Orseno
4Front Run The Fed12/1Javier CastellanoChad Brown
5Wet Your Whistle15/1Jose OrtizMike Trombetta
6Glass Slippers (GB)12/1Tom EavesKevin Ryan
7Leinster4/1Luis SaezGeorge Arnold, III
8Oleksandra (AUS)12/1Joel RosarioNeil Drysdale
9Into Mystic12/1Joe TalamoBrendan Walsh
10Bombard15/1Flavien PratRichard Mandella
11Wildman Jack15/1Manny FrancoDoug O'Neill
12Got Stormy7/2Tyler GaffalioneMark Casse
13Texas Wedge30/1Florent GerouxPeter Miller
14Extravagant Kid15/1Umberto RispoliBrendan 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 for the 2019 and 2020 editions. Trainer Peter Miller has saddled the winner the last three years and 2019 winner Belvoir Bay went wire-t0-wire at 14/1 odds to return $31.60. Still, the post time race favorite has won five of the 12 editions, and pace/presser types comprise the vast majority of winners. No filly or mare has won this race since 2013, but 5-year-old mare Got Stormy (7/2) is the 2020 Turf Sprint favorite. The average $2 win payout in the Turf Sprint is $20.10.

Dirt Mile (Race 6 at 4:18 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Art Collector6/1Brian Hernandez, Jr.Tom Drury, Jr.
2Sharp Samurai15/1Irad Ortiz, Jr.Mark Glatt
3Silver Dust30/1Adam BeschizzaW. Bret Calhoun
4War of Will10/1Tyler GaffalioneMark Casse
5Knicks Go7/2Joel RosarioBrad Cox
6Mr. Money20/1Gabriel SaezW. Bret Calhoun
7Rushie 20/1Javier CastellanoMike McCarthy
8Pirate's Punch20/1Jorge Vargas, Jr.Grant Forster
9Mr Freeze6/1Manny FrancoDale Romans
10Complexity2/1Jose ORtizChad Brown
11Jesus' Team30/1Luis SaezJose D'Angelo
12Owendale8/1Florent GerouxBrad Cox

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.

Race Insights: The Dirt Mile made its debut at the 2007 Breeders’ Cup and the post time favorite has won just twice. The 2019 winner Spun to Run (9/1) paid $20.20 and went wire-to-wire to hold off the race favorite. One-turn mile specialists that have shown no success going two-turns are not good bets. The average $2 win payout in the Dirt Mile is $22.60.

Filly & Mare Turf (Race 7 at 4:57 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Starship Jubilee10/1Florent GerouxKevin Attard
2Sistercharlie (IRE)6/1John VelazquezChad Brown
3Peaceful (IRE)12/1Ryan MooreAidan O'Brien
4Mean Mary7/2Luis SaezH. Graham Motion
5My Sister Nat (FR)12/1Jose OrtizChad Brown
6Rushing Fall5/2Javier CastellanoChad Brown
7Terebellum (IRE)20/1Lanfranco DettoriJohn Gosden
8Mucho Unusual30/1Flavien PratTim Yakteen
9Harvey's Lil Goil20/1Junior AlvaradoBill Mott
10Civil Union12/1Joel RosarioShug McGaughey
11Audarya (FR)12/1Pierre-Charles BoudotJames Fanshawe
12Lady Prancelot (IRE)30/1Manny RancoRichard Baltas
13May Lady Nay (IRE)20/1Irad Ortiz, Jr.Chad Brown
14Cayenne Pepper (IRE)8/1Shane FoleyMrs. Harrington

The Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf has been contested at four different distances since 2015 and for the second 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. This year he has four entered including the favorite Rushing Fall (5/2) and Sistercharlie (6/1), who won this race in 2018 and finished third last year behind upet winner Iridessa (IRE). She won at 13/1 odds in her U.S. debut to return $28.40. European runners usually have a prominent precense and this year there are eight entered in the race. The average $2 win payout in the Filly & Mare Turf is $20.30.

Sprint (Race 8 at 5:36 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Echo Town20/1Ricardo Santana, Jr.Steve Asmussen
2C Z Rocket7/2Luis SaezPeter Miller
3Collusion Illusion20/1Flavien PrattMark Glatt
4MaBon Raison30/1Adam BeschizzaJack Sisterson
5Manny Wah30/1Tyler GaffalioneWayne Catalano
6Frank's Rockette10/1Junior AlvaradoBill Mott
7Whitmore15/1Irad Ortiz, Jr.Ron Moquett
8Firenze Fire8/1Jose LezxcanoKelly Breen
9Empire of Gold30/1Declan CarrollTerry Eoff
10Yaupon7/2Joel RosarioSteve Asmussen
11Diamond Oops8/1Florent GerouxPatrick Biancone
12Hog Creek Hustle30/1Corey LanerieVickie Foley
13Jasper Prince30/1Jose ORtizHideyuki Mori
14Vekoma3/1Javier CastellanoGeorge Weaver

The 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. However, last year the two favorites had a strong stretch duel and Steve Asmussen-trained Mitole (9/5) prevailed and paid $5.60 to win. This year’s favorite Vekoma (3/1) drew the outside post No. 14. Asmussen has two horses running this year including Yaupon (7/2). Trainer Peter Miller won the last two years and he has the other major contender C Z Rocket (7/2). The average $2 win payout in the Sprint is $20.25.

FanDuel Mile (Race 9 at 6:15 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Circus Maximus (IRE)12/1Ryan MooreAidan O'Brien
2Kameko6/1Oisin MurphyAndrew Balding
3Lope Y Fernandez (IRE)30/1Lanfranco DettoriAidan O'Brien
4Siskin12/1Colin KeaneGerard Lyons
5Digital Age (IRE)8/1Javier CastellanoChad Brown
6Safe Boyage (IRE)15/1Jason HartJohn Quinn
7Casa Creed20/1Junior AlvaradoBill Mott
8March to the Arch15/1Tyler GaffalioneMark Case
9One Master (GR)15/1Pierre Charles BoudotWilliam Haggas
10Halladay12/1Luis SaezTodd Pletcher
11Ivar (BRZ)4/1Joe TalamoPaulo Lobo
12Uni (GB)5/1Joel RosarioChad Brown
13Factor This8/1Floretn GerouxBrad Cox
14Raging Bull (FR)8/1Jose OrtizChad Brown

The FanDuel Mile is a 1 mile race for 3-year-olds and up. 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. Last year 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. Top European runners are showcased and eight run in the 2020 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 $21.00.

Longines Distaff (Race 10 at 6:54 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Ce Ce12/1John Velazquez
2Harvest Moon12/1Flavien Prat
3Dunbar Road12/1Jose Ortiz
4Horologist8/1Junior Alvarado
5Swiss Skydiver2/1Robby Albarado
6Lady Kate15/1Tyler Gaffalione
7Point of Honor30/1Javier Castellano
8Valiance12/1Luis Saez
9Ollie's Candy10/1Joel Rosario
10Monomoy Girl8/5Florent Gerouz

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 over the past six editions leading into the 2019 race run at Santa Anita had gone off at odds of 5-1 or less. That includes the sensational 2016 race when undefeated favorite Songbird lost by a nose to the great Beholder (3/1). But last year Blue Prize (ARG) won at odds of 8/1 to return $19.20. The 2020 Distaff has two heavy favorite with Gamine (8/5), who has won 12-of-14 starts and Preakness Stakes-winning filly Swiss Skydiver (2/1). The distance of the Distaff was reduced last year and remains at 1 1/8 miles. The average $2 win payout in the Longines Distaff is $18.25.

Longines Turf (Race 11 at 7:33 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Arklow5/1Florent GerouxBrad Cox
2Magical (IRE)5/2Ryan MooreAidan O'Brien
3Tarnawa (IRE)6/1Christophe SoumillonDermot Weld
4Mehdaayih (GB)30/1Joel RosarioJohn Gosden
5Donjah (GER)30/1Clement LecoeuvreHenk Grewe
6Lord North (IRE)8/1Lanfranco DettoriJohn Gosden
7United 8/1Flavien PratRichard Mandella
8Red King20/1Umberto RispoliPhilip D'Amato
9Channel Maker5/1Manny FrancoBill Mott
10Mogul (GB)4/1Pierre-Charles BoudotAidan 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. Last year Even Money favorite Bricks and Mortar rallied to win by a neck over a 51/1 longshot. There have been four female horses win this race, and the 2020 edition has four fillies or mares entered. No 3-year-old has won this race since 2013. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has won the race six times, and would be the first trainer to win a Breeders’ Cup race seven times if Magical (IRE) at 5/2 or Mogul (GB) at 4/1 win. The average $2 win payout in the Longines Turf is $20.65.

Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (Race 12 at 8:13 p.m. ET)

PostFieldOpening OddsJockeyTrainer
1Tacitus20/1 (Bet Here)Jose OrtizBill Mott
2Tiz the Law3/1 (Bet Here)Manny FrancoBarlay Tagg
3By My Standards10/1 (Bet Here)Gabriel SaezW. Bret Calhoun
4Tom's D'Etat6/1 (Bet Here)Joel RosarioAlbert Stall, Jr.
5Title Ready30/1 (Bet Here)Corey LanerieDallas Stewart
6Higher Power20/1 (Bet Here)Flavien PratJohn Sadler
7Global Campaign20/1 (Bet Here)Javier CastellanoStanley Hough
8Improbable5/2 (Bet Here)Irad Ortiz, JrBob Baffert
9Authentic6/1 (Bet Here)John VelazquezBob Baffert
10Maximum Security7/2 (Bet Here)Luis SaezBob Baffert

The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic is a 1 1/4 mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The purse is $6 million in 2020.

Race Insights: Pace and Pressers have done well in the past five years including Vino Rosso (9/2) last year 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 $26.25; the highest of all Breeders’ Cup races. Trainer Bob Baffert has won the Classic three times and has a trio of favorites all breaking outside in Improbable (5/2), Authentic (6/1) and Maximum Security (7/2). The top-2 Kentucky Derby finishers Authentic and Tiz the Law (3/1) will be running near the lead with Maximum Security.

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 Guaranteed Pools

The 2019 “Future Stars Friday” card offered a $500,000 Pick 5 guarantee on races 1-5 followed by a $1 million guarantee for the Late Pick 5 on Breeders’ Cup races 5-9. There was also a $1.5 million guaranteed Pick 4 on Breeders’ Cup races 6-9. The 2020 guaranteed pools will be updated as announced by the Breeders’ Cup.

Saturday’s Guaranteed Pools

The $1,000,000 guaranteed Pick 6 was offered on 2019 Breeders’ Cup races 6-11. Also, a Late Pick 5 on races 7-11 with a $2,000,000 guarantee and a Breeders’ Cup Pick 4 on races 8-11 with a $3,000,000 million guarantee.

Saturday’s Pick 6, late Pick 5 and Jackpot Super High-5 had a mandatory payout in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.

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

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 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 37th Breeders’ Cup draw for post positions will be in late October with date and tiem to be announced. We’ll post the odds and horses for each race at that time.

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. In addition to the TVG network’s added horseracing coverage, TVG will have a special features and announce those closer to the Breeders’ Cup.

Breeders’ Cup betting at Keeneland

This will be the second time the Breeders’ Cup will be run at Keeneland Race Course with the previous edition in 2015.

Biases – A track bias will be updated as more information from Keeneland Race Course becomes available.

Post Position

Off the Pace

Long Shots